Even when I strut in and attempt to speed-walk straight to the aisle I need, I get sucked in by the end-of-aisle promotions.
Just the other day--for example--I spotted a crock pot on my way to the Christmas section (for our Halloween party lights).
"Yes!" I thought to myself, "I need one of those! The weather is getting cooler. They are so easy to use. I bet I can find lots of recipes to try out."
And it was only $17. And you could stick most of it into the dishwasher. Ah!
But--in a moment of consumer self-restraint--I decided to keep walking. No need to impulse buy. If I really, really want it, I'll come back in a few days.
So now, a few days later, I'm still craving a crock pot. Now that I'm not surrounded by the shiny sirens of new products, I have a more practical perspective: I'm going to look for a crock pot at a second-hand store. I'm sure lots of people have been sucked in by the end-of-aisle promotions and have since realized that a crock pot isn't all that practical for them. I bet it will be easy to find one used.
Not only will I save money, I'll also sleep more soundly, knowing that I did my part to reduce the energy and raw materials that go into producing and transporting new products.
By the way, thanks for being an audience. Knowing that I have to write about my choices nudges me to make better ones.