What started as a way to save money for my family and make my husband happy quickly became my greedy little addiction. And with that came a very chaotic way of life.
I’ve always been somewhat of a bargain shopper. I’ve always shopped the clearance racks. I’ve always rummaged through thrift stores. And hitting springtime garage sales has always been one of my favorite pastimes.
And then in 2006, I decided to take it up a notch. If you’ve been reading awhile, then you know the story.
I learned how to get stuff for free. I learned how to get stuff for better than free. I learned how to play the money saving game so well that I no longer kept track of how much I was getting for next to nothing.
I set aside an entire day every week and literally shopped for seven hours. Sometimes I hit every CVS, Walgreens and Homeland in Edmond, not to mention Target, Crest Foods and Walmart. As if that weren’t enough, I went to Walgreens and CVS several more times during the week. I was running around while the kids were in school and then running out again at night after they were in bed.
I would sit for hours trying to figure out the best scenarios to get the most for the least, figuring multiple transactions until I had it down to a science.
I was stockpiling left and right. Even when I had no more room to store anything, I still bought more. I couldn’t walk away from a hot deal.
And then, one day God not so gently opened my eyes to the truth…I had an addiction… Amanda Brackney was addicted to deals and that addiction was fueled by greed!
So often I (we) view addiction as solely substance abuse. I associate greed with large amounts of money, big houses, fancy cars and designer clothing.
In fact, Webster’s dictionary defines addiction as “when a person surrenders habitually or compulsively to something“. It defines greed as “the desire to acquire more than one needs or deserves“.
TRUTH = I was habitually and compulsively shopping for deals (addiction) out of a desire to acquire much more than I needed (greed).
I’m not alone. Throughout the last several years, I’ve heard different variations of the same story.
The thing is, bargain hunting is a good thing. Being a wise steward with the money God has given us is a good thing. Stretching our resources so we have more to share with others is a good thing. Planning for the future (stockpiling) is a good thing. But so many times we allow the good in our lives to take over to the point of having no balance.
But there’s good news…I regained my balance.
You can regain yours. And if you haven’t slipped off the straight and narrow path yet, there are steps you can take to insure that you never do.
Does my story ring a bell? Is this something you struggle with? Then you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s post which is the first in my series, “Bargain Shopping Balance”.