The problem with this way of living is:
- I overspend.
- I end up with expired items or things I never get to using because I have too much of it.
- I create more waste that will eventually be stuck in a landfill.
- I overspend.
Something that further troubles me is the creation of deals through sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, Crowd Cut, Daily Deals, etc. I am not really “saving” anything, but who can turn down a deal? I am going to make a commitment to reduce waste and as Gretchen Rubin puts it, “spend out.” So here is my list of stuff to use up before I can procure any more of it. Perhaps by making it public, I can feel a little ridiculous for having all of these certificates in queue, and motivate myself to spend them.
- Dry cleaning certificates (yes, two)
- Certificate to Scusi restaurant
- Certificate for in-home dog training
- 5 sessions at Heat Yoga
- 23 sessions at Core Power Yoga (twenty-three! Gah!)
- Certificate to Spalon Montage
- Certificate to Jordan A Salon
- Certificate for DSW
- Certificate to Knockout Bodies
- Unused monthly sessions at Massage Envy
- Unused gym membership at Lifetime Fitness (in my defense, it’s too beautiful out to be cooped up in a gym)
|So my version might not entail hundred-dolla bills.|
I think that’s it. Some of them were gifts that I’ve had for over a year. Lucky for me, those gift certificates can’t expire. It’s my goal to spend out and use these things up so I’m not throwing money in a black hole. Then, I’ll try to ignore some of the emails I get and decide that I really do not need to spend $20 on $40 worth at a store I’ve never heard of and might not like.
Are you a certificate hoarder?