I got some stressful…

I got some stressful news today, and I promptly went out and bought myself potato chips, new sneakers (on 70% off clearance), and a dress and necklace (50% off). None of this was an enormous splurge or anything, but under normal circumstances I wouldn't have eaten the chips or bought the clothes. I just -- felt bad, and wanted some comfort. It did help.

But all of that reminded me once again that I am very lucky a) that this kind of impulsive purchase only puts a strain on our budget and doesn't break it, and b) that I don't live under intense stress all the time.

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