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Do I Really Need That? 
 
Nov. 9, 2010 7:01 am 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2010 3:52 am
I have a confession to make--I'm a terrible impulse shopper.  For someone who is such a cheapskate this is not a good trait to have.  I have a weakness for kitchen things of course; cookbooks and cookware are the worst.  If it's pretty, I'm a goner.  I did manage to rein it in before I bought the $200 breadmaker last month, and realized after a few days that I didn't even really want it, I was just fascinated by all the things it made besides bread.  My biggest budget buster is probably LeCreuset.  I don't know what it is about LC cookware, but I want it, I dream about it, I obsess over it.  Last week I was pondering doing individual pumpkin custards for Thanksgiving dinner, so I went in search of ramekins.  Instead I found the mini cocotte.  It's an 8 oz covered stoneware crock with tiny handles in a gorgeous deep blue.  How could I ever pass up on anything so adorable?  It's warranteed forever, it's on sale, the shipping is free....and it's my birthday next week.  I saved it on my browser and waited until Hubs got home to ask him if I could order them.  He didn't shoot me down, but didn't look as thrilled as I felt, and eventually told me that if I needed it, go ahead and order it, but it was over our previously agreed upon birthday budget.  Deflated but not deterred, I kept it up on my browser for a couple more days. 

Sunday night after the kids went to bed, I noticed that the DVR had kicked on.  Curious, I checked to see what we were recording, and it was a new series I had scheduled on the WE channel called "Downsized".  Generally I wouldn't watch this kind of thing while Hubs is home because he isn't in love with all of the cooking/home improvement/"girlie" shows that I like, so I instead force the kids to watch them while I'm making dinner, but the family in this show is local, so I tuned it in.  It's a show about a blended family with 7 kids who are having serious money trouble since the Dad lost his business due to the bad economy.  In this episode they're sitting around the kitchen table trying to come up with the last 90-some dollars for rent money.  The son ended up selling his most prized possession-his baseball mitt-to enable the family to stay in their home for another month.  I cried.  That night before I went to bed, I closed my browser window and put the mini cocottes out of my head.  We'll be having pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and not individual pumpkin custards, from the LeCreuset pie plate that I already own.  And my world did not crumble.  I'm not even that sad.  Perhaps it's because I'm getting older, wiser, whatever, but having pretty dishes just doesn't seem quite as important as it once did.  I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season, and none of it is cookware related.  Have a blessed Tuesday, everyone.
 
Comments
Lace 
Nov. 9, 2010 7:23 am
Beautiful blog, Rebecca. I know those little blue mini cocotte's are really pretty, too!
 
Nov. 9, 2010 8:31 am
good for you Rebecca, tasty beautiful meals can be made in old chipped bowls, pots and pans. When we decided that I would be a SAHM we went through many financial changes in our life. Many of my friends have careers and 2 incomes can sure put a dent into a mortgage, truck payments and bills. My motto is "we will get to our final destination one day, it will just take longer because we are enjoying the scenic route." I stayed home to raise our children and learned how to save a buck or ten.
 
MellieD 
Nov. 9, 2010 9:45 am
Loved the blog Rebecca. My husband and I watched Downsized and it really hit home. We both work and it is still hard to pay all the bills every month and still have money in the bank. We have cut out so many things to help save money. One of the biggest is before & after school care for our boys. I now work 5am to 2:30 pm to make it home in time for the school bus and my husband goes into work an hour later to get them on the school bus. It's hard but it is the best thing for our family at this time and we are saving about $500 a month. My husband and I both like to spend money so we have to keep each other "honest" and only spend money on things we need not things we want. I was a QVC addict and I used to buy anything that caught my eye. Now I just pass by the channel without stopping but I still want to buy the KA mixer they sometimes have on easy pay with all the attachments.
 
Jodi 
Nov. 9, 2010 11:10 am
good for you lady I to am a kitchen addict but I was blessed to inherit my LC cassarole dish and its even blue my favorite color. but I go into those chef shops and drool over the LC and the new lodge enameled cast iron ( CI being my biggest weakness) my biggest saving grace but also my biggest weakness is thrift shops they just have to much good stuff to pass up!
 
Naan 
Nov. 9, 2010 11:59 am
Ah, words of wisdom. I think as soon as we learn this valuable lesson, the happier we are. On a side note, my husband bought me one of those mini cocettes last year for my birthday, in red, to match our kitchen. I asked him what he had in mind for it and he announced that it would be used as a sugar bowl. For his coffee. And so it is...
 
Nov. 9, 2010 2:18 pm
Great blog, Rebecca! This made me stop and remember how it was when the kids were little (they're 25 and 21 now) and how our 2 incomes barely made the mortgage, 2 car payments, etc., etc. We scrimped and did without so much but at the time it was no big deal. We had the pleasure of our children and I wouldn't trade that for all the kitchen gadgets and cookbooks in the world (and I am an addict, too). Now that they're gone, though, I'm finding we do have some extra cash and I am beginning to indulge myself and feed my addiction. But, I also have noticed what things I use the most and it seems they are the old, worn pie pans and pots that I've had for years!
 
Diamond Lill 
Nov. 9, 2010 5:52 pm
Indeed. Count one's blessings. Very nice pot.
 
Nov. 10, 2010 6:04 am
Very nice- and honest- blog, Rebecca! I've followed your posts and believe you are doing a wonderful job with your family. I really like the photo," A Basket Full of Kids"!
 
betsy36 
Nov. 10, 2010 12:23 pm
Oh I know how you feel...I do the same thing..I love kitchen gadgets and cook books !!
 
Keri 
Nov. 10, 2010 2:54 pm
Great blog, Rebecca. The sight of that child choosing to sell his prized baseball mitt so his family could continue to have a roof over their heads would have made me close that browser window, too...and I, too, cried when I got to that point in your blog. I'm obsessed with all things kitchen-y, too. It's one of the reasons I don't have a credit card. Not even a Visa debit card. I'd get myself into too much trouble. Great job resisting temptation in the first place, talking it over with DH, and then waiting even longer to think about it!
 
Nov. 12, 2010 7:13 am
Good blog Becky. Sadly, this is how many americans live. Fortunately for that family, they had something to sell. Let us remember those who are not as fortunate, and have nothing left to sell and therefore have no roof over their heads. Everymonth is a struggle here (as you know) but things like your blog remind me just how blessed I truley am!
 
Nanabooboo 
Nov. 13, 2010 3:52 am
Your blogs are always insightful. I think you sould have been a writer. Have I told you lately how proud I am of you, and the job you are doing making a home and raising those beautiful boys? I am very proud to be your mother. I love you..Mom. P.S. enjoy your birthday...I will be thinking of you.
 
 
 
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