It started innocently enough. I have a hard time justifying paying the prices they charge for infants' clothing that will be grown out of in just a few short months, so I started scouring the clearance racks while I was still knocked up. I now not only keep an eye on the clearance racks, but am figuring out which thrift stores around town are likely to get me the best deals as well as the nicest clothes, and am looking a size or two ahead to fill out Hedgehog's wardrobe on the cheap.
That was easy enough to justify. Infants grow quickly and at a somewhat unpredictable rate. I do not know when Hedgehog will outgrow the 12 month clothing and move on to the 18 month clothing, so I must be prepared or I'm going to be hosed and kid's gonna' have to go naked for a few days while I get my act together. And I'll probably have to pay full retail for his clothes. That's just not nice.
But this whole "planning ahead to save money" has taken on a whole new level this week and my child is never going to want for a game to play when he hits preschool age. Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Ants in the Pants.... we're stocked up. I had to do it. I was able to buy seven games (that usually retail for around $10 each) for around $4. Not $4 each. $4 for all of them. How could I pass by an offer like that?
Next thing you know I'm going to be able to go grocery shopping once a week without wasting money or having everything go to waste.
Or worse, become one of those Mom's who starts shopping for Christmas on December 26 - instead of my usual Christmas shopping on December 24.
Is it part of the hormones? Some change put into place because of the breastfeeding? I just don't understand. But I am powerless to resist.