Gabe bought me a Groupon deal a few weeks ago–a $20 gift certificate for Barnes & Noble for $10. ROCK ON, right? Well, Saturday night after our family date at Pei Wei (with another $10 off–woot!), we headed over to B&N to spend our (my) twenty bucks.
The excursion did not end well.
In a nutshell, I couldn’t justify spending money on a book that I could just get from the library. And I felt bad for Ava and Nina (who put all their money in the Cambodia Fund), so I decided to let them spend $10 each instead. But when I saw how much stuff was (like a Klutz Origami book for $16.95 that I just bought at the thrift store–with all the origami paper intact–for 50 cents), I just cringed and couldn’t do it.
It’s hard being cheap. It’s probably even harder being married to me and my inability to enjoy guilty pleasures that cost more than a dollar.
Gabe suggested I buy a game, so we looked at those. Again, couldn’t do it. The Sorry Sliders game that was selling for $29.95? I just got it at the thrift store for 45 cents.
The thrift store has ruined me for retail.
We left the bookstore in varying degrees of irritation with each other. Mostly the three of them (Livi was at a sleepover) were mad at me, the cheapskate. On the way home, Gabe said, “Can you use the coupon online?”
Well, what do you know? You sure can. “I know what I’ll do!” I said. “I’ll buy three copies of one of my own books and then sell them at my next speaking thing and put the money I make into the Cambodia Fund!”
And what did my husband do? He FORBADE me to buy my own books. “Will you please just buy something for yourself FOR ONCE?!”
So, what did I do? I bought 3 copies of Organized Simplicity. And am darn near tickled pink over it. Including tax, I spent $32.28 minus my $10 discount, so $22.28.
AND NOW I have 3 books to sell to 3 of you for $10 each! And if you’re good at math, you’ll see that leaves me with a profit of $7.72 which will be eaten up and then some if I ship them to you. SO… the first 3 people to e-mail me (who can get the book from me in person) get a copy of the book for $10 (and the proud honor of donating $2.57 to our Cambodia Fund). OR you can pay $3 extra for shipping. Up to you.
DANG, girls!! 5 of you wanted the book before 7am! I’m so sorry I didn’t have more! Thanks for your love and support! Happy Organizing!
Have I mentioned how much this book is changing my life?!? (why, yes I have!)
Ready… Set… Go!