December 10, 2008 at 9:54 am
I opened my mail and saw the Kohls 15% off coupon at the bottom of the stack. That’s when I knew. It was time to buy some pajamas.
I needed winter pajamas, not my flimsy summer pajamas that keep me cool in the summer months. The pink hearts and polka dots are cute, but I needed pajamas that would keep me warm enough under the covers that I could turn the heat down to 60 degrees for the night. That’s because I am becoming my mother, a woman who kept the house at 64 degrees during the winter to save on heating bills so we could afford to pay the mortgage. (Hi, Mom!)
At the time, I was not happy that I had to pile on comforters when I watched TV and that I had to wear layers of sweaters to keep warm. I would beg to turn up the heat a degree or two, and she would usually oblige. But now that my electric bill is creeping up and the stock market has crashed down, I’ve decided my mother was a smart lady and that the cost of a thick pair of pajamas will save me money on electricity in the long run.
These are the pajamas I got, Simply Vera Wang microfleece, except they have polka dots instead of a checkered pattern. They also don’t float in midair on their own, so I obviously got a defective pair. They are comfy and warm and will probably pay for themselves in a month or two.
I’ve been trying to think of other ways to cut costs. My job is safe for now, but I don’t know what 2009 will bring. There are always unexpected bills. I try to use coupons, but frequently I get coupon anxiety coupled with coupon guilt. I got my oil changed last weekend, but felt stupid that I’d forgotten to bring my dollar off coupon. The worry I felt was not worth the $1.00 I would have saved. I go through my coupons in my billfold occasionally and feel guilty for every expired coupon I forgot to use because I have not saved as much money as I could have. It is like life is a game and I’m not scoring as many points as I could. I will never get my initials on the high-score list this way.
Has anyone else been doing things to save money? I hear Goodwill is doing good business. I’ve cut back on buying new clothes unless it’s necessary. I’m not buying the new TV I was going to get before the recession. These are not drastic choices and aren’t anywhere near the sacrifices other people are making, but I wonder how everyone else is managing.