By: Michele Ashby
The big wedding day is coming up soon and you need to buy a gift for the special couple.
You have the invitation in your pile, and you remember that it has the web address to the couple’s wedding site, which includes their pictures together and their story of how they met 2 years ago and how much they are in love now.
The web page also includes the stores where they selected all the items for their registry. Isn’t that convenient you think. I don’t even have to go to the Mall – I can shop from my computer. This is great! ---- (and maybe a little dangerous).
“Oh, aren’t those pictures so cute of them together”
and look at the story of how "they met at the office where she works and he was a client.”
This is pulling at your heart strings – but you need to get to the shopping so you can get back to work, so you press the button for the Wedding Registry.
Up pops two retail stores and a honeymoon site.
“Oh, I can buy a gift AND also help them pay for a part of their honeymoon. This is so cool” you think.
“Hmmm, that set of cutlery looks nice, but $135 is a bit more than I wanted to spend."
How about that set of glass bowls, or the wooden spoon collection – those are both nice? And reasonable too.
But you want to get them something really nice, something impressive – this is your best friend’s daughter. You don’t want to look cheap, plus they only get married once, right?
This is such a special occasion – you can’t let them down
–“I am going to splurge”, you tell yourself.
The store will wrap it in the beautiful silver wedding wrap with the Ivory bow and a nice white dove ornament on it AND they will ship it on the date you want them too.
You justify this as saving money and time not having to go to the store and get a gift.
“I’ll just put this one thing on my credit card and pay it off next month or the month after that.” You select the cutlery and head to the checkout, -- oh but wait, you can’t check out without giving them some money towards the honeymoon, you add $50 to the pot – and now to check out.
A few moments later, you hit the “purchase now” button. “DONE”
Whew – that was easy – and kind of a rush.
“Wow, I hope I have enough money left over this month to pay this off"
AND I added onto it again yesterday with the wedding gifts.
"Why do I do this to myself? I’m never going to catch up!”
You are having buyer’s remorse now, but it’s too late to go back now.
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Michele Ashby, Author of Secrets of a Closet Millionaire; A Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Freedom – available now on Amazon, Holistic Financial Guide and Coach, Executive coach and Key-note speaker
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