Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The yin and the y-anggggg

Most of the time when people talk about the yin and the yang of life, it's in regards to something meaningful.

This is not one of those meaningful posts.

I have a yin-yang relationship with shopping.  I hate the act of going shopping at a mall and I really hate spending money - but I love the thrill of finding a good bargain.

I had the opportunity to find a good bargain recently because I needed a new carafe pot for my coffee maker.  I needed a new one because when I went to take my old one off the shelf where it was jammed in next to the waffle maker, the old carafe pot fell onto the floor and shattered.  I knew that I didn't need to order a replacement from the manufacturer, as I've seen these orphan carafe pots at the thrift store a million times, often for $2.82.  Heck, I could even buy a coffee maker and carafe pot and pay $4.82 and just toss the coffee maker back into the donation pile.

I headed out to the closest thrift store, where I found nothing one that was close but not the perfect fit.  There was no need to settle for not perfect at this point.  A couple days later I was in the vicinity of two other thrift stores.  No luck at the first one, but at the second one they had the EXACT coffee maker with the carafe pot intact for $5.64.  I snatched it up and proceeded triumphantly to the check-out.  As I lifted it out of the cart, it tipped slightly and off slid the carafe pot onto the floor, where it shattered.  I'm not sure who I was more mad at: the thrift store for not taping the carafe pot to the maker, or me for breaking ANOTHER one !

But that yin was followed by a yang on another day.

I was preparing for a camping trip with Beezus' kindergarten class and I needed an adaptor to be able to inflate my air mattress using the car battery (since I won't have either of my regular camping buddies around to borrow their air pump).  I have a perfectly good air mattress and air pump, but no adaptor to use in the car.  A new air pump specifically made for cars wasn't an option since my air mattress only works with it's own air pump and I figured that a new mattress and air pump would be more expensive than an adaptor.  So I headed to the local big box office supply store to get an adaptor so that I can use a polarized outlet plug in the car.  Well, they had one option and the tag read $60.  After some thought and some consultation with Mr. Q over the phone, I decided to buy it but would double check at Target and REI to see if they had any combination air mattresses/pumps that were less than $60.

I was PSYCHED when I got to the checkout and the adaptor rang up as $30.  Knowing that there was no way that a air mattress and pump would cost less than that, I happily bought it ! 

ka-changgggggg !


The Lowe said...

You went camping without us?

Elaine said...

What The Lowe said.

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