I have a very bad habit of returning things I’ve bought (whether from a department store or Walgreens, or even the grocery store)–a condition which I’ve heard referred to as shopping bulimia. I like that feel-good feeling I get from buying something, only for it to be replaced with uncertainty and then a strong desire to get my money back (if I’m not positive that I like it 100%).
I just ordered a mirror online from Kohl’s to go over my bedroom dresser, only to go into the store, see it and not like it quite as much, despite the clearance price. I’d already found the perfect mirror at Lamps Plus (which is twice as much, and which I don’t have a charge account for), but I can wait till I save up the money (I’d rather save up for something nicer anyway). What I save on coupons and free shipping using store credit cards, they get back in interest.
I just returned a couple of things to Walgreens (one item that didn’t work, one I didn’t need) to buy something else; I also returned a jar of sundried tomatoes to Publix that I haven’t gotten around to using in the weeks I’ve had them.
How I wish I could just become a shopping anorexic. This is one of my struggles, because growing up, I often didn’t have nice things. However, what I do to get my shopping fix without spending anything is to add items to my Kohl’s or amazon.com wish list, as I’m not tempted to purchase online like I am when I am in the store and can physically hold the item, thus forming an attachment to it. No wonder one of my favorite series is the Shopaholic series, by Sophie Kinsella. (However, I do think Becky Bloomwood needs to get some therapy in the end. She needs help!)
My main character in a chick-lit novel is going to have this problem, among many other hang-ups. I’ve never written a chick lit before, but my goal is to write in as many genres as I can, at least until I master one (meaning sell a ton of). I still have no idea what qualifies as literary fiction, though I have a feeling if some egghead calls it such, it won’t sell well.