Just Precious

Staples: This isn’t easy

Posted in Staples Holiday Blogger by Julie Meyers Pron on November 10, 2009


Imagine the scenario: someone hands you a wad of cash. You count $200. You’re told you have 2 rules to use the money:

  1. you have to spend the money between November 15 and November 30
  2. you have to spend the money on something at Staples

Then you add your own rule:

      3.  you have to spend all the money, and can’t go over or under by more than $1. (not including tax).

That’s what really happened. I was selected as one of Staples Holiday Bloggers and they’re sending me a $200 gift card to spend as I’d like at their store. I’m excited. Really excited. I’m not a big spender and overthink every purchase (it took me over a year to buy my new computer and my downstairs doesn’t have curtains because I’m afraid of that kind of a committment.) So this is huge. $200 that I have to spend without too much time to research. I’m trying hard not to get overwhelmed by the idea.

There’s no way I’m going into this alone. I’m asking advice. My kids think I should get computer software. They also think a box of crayons seems to be a good way to spend $200. That’s a lot of crayons. One of the boys suggested I add a Sharpie to the list, because that’s what they see at check out when we’re there. My husband is keeping quiet. I’m sure he’s curious. But he can’t possibly think I’ll spend the money on him, right? Hmmm… or should I?

That opens a whole new can of worms. Do I spend the money on someone else’s gift? Do I keep it and get something for me as a reward? (Is that selfish?  Do I care?) Of course, I could be totally full of heart and fill school bags with fun items to gift to a needy family or a school.  But I do give of my time as a volunteer and we do give a lot otherwise so perhaps this once I could actually get a special gift for me.

Then the question: do I get someting practical that I could use around the home or office or do I buy something fun?

And do I buy it on November 15 and start using it or give it right away? Or do I buy it and save it, wrapping it to place it under the tree? or open it during one of the eight nights of Chanukkah? And should I wait for Black Friday? (Anyone have any hints about their ad? Its not posted yet…)

Of course, I can think and dream and dream and think. I have until Sunday to even attempt to make my decision.


Thanks to Staples who gave me the $200 gift card as part of the Staples Holiday Bloggers program.


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  1. Jennifer Y. said, on November 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    That’s awesome–congrats to you! Here is what I want to do right now, maybe it would work for you? My goal is to be more organized, so I want to create what some people call a command center. Mine is going to be in my kitchen. I am researching (yes, I totally overthink every purchase as well!) dry erase boards, cork boards, binders (for home info and recipes), and hanging wall files. I already have a huge calendar, but you could add that too!

    Use it for yourself! Always a struggle for me too, but sometimes you need to take care of yourself and your needs too.

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