Sometimes I use the paper and ribbon that I have hoarded.

Turkey Day Shopping

I wanted to take full use of the 30% off an entire purchase at Michael’s on turkey day, so I limited myself to only items that were on sale since Michael’s never lets you combine discounts. And since I was one of the doorbusters, I had a coupon for a free Cricut cartridge – if I purchased two other cartridges.

Once inside the store, I headed straight for the Martha Stewart section. I knew I wanted several paper punches. Sadly, Martha was not having a sale. Next, I headed over to the other section for paper punches. And nothing was on sale either! The Crop-A-Dile was in the same aisle and was also not on sale.

By this time, I was starting to feel pretty bummed about not being able to buy anything due to my self-imposed rule.

Then I noticed the entire paper section was on sale for 50% off. I giddily began to look through the different stacks. I managed to limit myself to only three pads of paper: modern looking prints that were less cutesy, Christmas prints and bright non-fussy patterns that were OK to use year-round. I felt pretty good about how quickly I made my selections. And I also felt  super-disciplined because I didn’t buy all of the paper that I wanted. “Look at me being decisive!” – inner self.

I spent a good half hour agonizing over which two Cricut cartridges to purchase. They were on sale for $26.99 when they are normally $59.99. I wanted the one for weddings because it came with a pattern to make four different favor boxes. I wanted the one that made pop-up cards because I like pop-up things. I wanted the one that made pretty edges because using the edge punches take a long time and I have to pay attention with each punch. I wanted the one that made lacey paper because it was different. I wanted the one that made different envelopes and envelope liners because I like cute envelopes. I wanted the one that made circular borders because I thought it would be neat to have non-white paper doilies. Inner self was having a meltdown, too many choices!

Under normal circumstances, I would have texted my sister. But I had left my phone at home.

Then I saw the other side of the Cricut display stand. These cartridges were only $19.99 and still eligible for the coupon! It was a good thing these cartridges were a little too seasonal, so I wasn’t interested in any of them. I did feel slightly guilty for not wanting the one with the American flag.

I ended up just buying only 408 sheets of paper.