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PrincessTeresa
05-21-2010, 08:53 AM
We leave a week from tomorrow - and I can't stop shopping!!!

Hi, my name is Teresa and I have a shopping addiction.

Seriously though - I've bought not 1 or 2 travel hand sanitizers, but 8. I don't know why. I bought baby wipes and I don't have a baby!! We had to get all new clothes for this trip. Everything in DD11's suticase (she's already packed) still have the tags on them - even the undies! My sister in law isn't helping - she's been buying new clothes and (there are 6 of us total in our group)she bought 14 ponchos. Just in case.

I tried to just stay home for the past 2 weeks and thought that would stop me from spending. Nope. Didn't work. Now, I'm watching the mailbox everyday hoping that my new monogrammed water bottle that I didn't need in the first place will be here. And whatever else it is that I have ordered in the past 2 weeks.

I think I might be trying to sabbatoge myself!! (sorry, I can't spell) Anyway, I just needed to vent and hopefull some of you can give me some tips and hints on what I need to do to stop the madness!!

Thanks!!

QVCshopper
05-21-2010, 09:20 AM
Funny post. I think you need to spend consciously... really consider things before you buy them. 8 hand sanitizers is too many, but the baby wipes may come in handy. (Don't forget you can always return extras.) Maybe you're just so excited to go? Is this possibly your first trip to Disney? Maybe you have it built up so much in your mind.

I'm thinking about a bonus trip in 4 weeks; probably won't buy much--but I do need new sneakers. That's probably it, but we're fortunate to go a lot and know what to do/bring.

Anyway, have a great trip--when you get back, you can always join the no-buy thread. That's helped a lot with my unintentional spending.

kkmcan
05-21-2010, 09:26 AM
I know my list of stuff to buy before a trip can get pretty long. We usually buy:

cheap ponchos
glow sticks
wet ones wipes in travel sizes
snacks
new shoes (a few weeks before to break them in)


Recently I just placed an order from Disneystore.com for t-shirts, and a lot of pins off ebay. Also found a baggalini backpack from a thrift store, new shoes for ds from Kohls. Oh, and a stick of body glide and a Hidden Mickey book from Amazon. Man, I didn't know I had already purchased that much until I wrote it down here!

Before we went on our DCL/WDW trip in December, I spent like crazy!

The good news is since you are so close to your trip you won't have time to order online and receive it before you leave. :rotfl:
Stay at home, do not go into any more stores:thumbsup2

Robmom
05-21-2010, 10:20 AM
Well, I'm no help to you. I just placed an order for new clothes for myself for my upcoming trip. Like I really needed it. :rolleyes1 I'm sure I'm not done with my purchases either! :lmao:

PrincessTeresa
05-21-2010, 10:21 AM
We've been before. This is DD11's 3rd trip. I know better. I am going to try really really really hard not to spend anything else!

I try to justify the hand sanitizer b/c it's the super small ones from bath and body works. LOL

Okay. I vow to not spend anything else till a week from Saturday! Then, it's on!

darthspud
05-21-2010, 10:57 AM
I know how you feel... I just got back from the world and am going again in August (solo before school starts) and I'm already looking at things i "need" to get before i go.. like a new back pack or possibly a waist pack.. a new digital camera theres nothing wrong with mine but id like one thats small and slim i have a large one with extra this and extra that it would be nice to get a slim line one..

Just think of it this way. whatever you spend now is less money that you will have to spend then on awesome wonderful things like Dolewhips and creamchese stuffed pretzels :thumbsup2

you can do it!

TinkerBellSam
05-21-2010, 10:59 AM
I just (an hour ago!) bought a second new pair of flip flops for our August trip! I don't even think I can list all the stuff in our "box"!:scared1:

marlaine
05-21-2010, 11:39 AM
I can totally relate to your "urge". We go every year and every year I go overboard and can't get a grip on buying new things!
Every year I buy the 3 of us all new shorts, new t-shirts, new socks, new shoes and new jammies!
The silly thing about it is my DH never wears his "Mickey Gear" anywhere else!
This year I've added a new obsession. I've already bought a new Baggalini and Vera Bradley bag for the parks. Like one or the other isn't enough!
I guess I justify all of the new stuff by telling myself that we only go on 1 vacation a year.
But, really? :eek:

indimom
05-21-2010, 12:44 PM
I'm guilty of this also....
New clothes for everyone (DH and I needed them, the kids didn't).
New baggalini backpacks (after I bought another bag that I decided wasn't right, but kept for a day bag).
Glowsticks and silly junk for the kids. ????? No excuse for these.
Four bottles of sunblock (Okay, before you laugh. I bought the spray-on because I hate the lotion on my hands. And those spray bottles run out quickly. AND we are staying for two weeks.... Okay, two probably would have been enough.)
Ball caps for the boys (yes, the both have 20 at home, but....)
Bath and body lotion (just so I can smell pretty, but I got sucked in by a "sale" and bought enough for a year).
New sandals and tennis shoes (we might have needed these).

Oh, well, I'll keep reading and see if someone else has found the cure to STOP the pre-vacation spending...

windycitymom
05-21-2010, 12:57 PM
If you have the urge to shop, why not go to a thrift shop? At least you will spend less. Or maybe get your wipes and ponchos from the Dollar Store? The real issue is the urge to spend. I almost have the opposite issue - I use things over and over again until they become almost out of date. I still wear the leather jacket I purchased at WDW in 1992! I still have my fur boots from 30 years ago! LOL I take care of my things so they last a long time:) My motto is "I don't mind spending money, but I hate wasting money"

PrincessTeresa
05-21-2010, 02:41 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one on this boat to Spendville!! My DD11 was in a pageant about a month ago and my DSIL came over to see what was in her closet to wear for the interview part of it - She was simply amazed at the clothes that still had tags on them!! I do shop thrift stores most of the time - But being a only child and my DD being a only child - well, we're both spoiled. Bad. LOL I think I am going to blame it on my parents. Yea.

imagineer wannabe
05-21-2010, 03:41 PM
I think you should probably stop spending money before you upset your husband and he takes all your money away from you...

MinnieForMe
05-21-2010, 04:09 PM
Hi:
I actually don't think your crazy at all. I purchase all new clothes for all of us (5) every year for our Florida vacation. Since we go in April, it's our summer new clothes wardrobe each year. I buy everything new including underwear and bathing suits.

My daughter usually gets custom outfits as do the boys so they are not usually wore again but resold on Ebay. I buy wipes too. I find 2 hand sanitizers is enough (why 8 - unless free at CVS?).

Everyone goes for a haircut before we leave and I "refresh" the toiletry bag.

That being said, we almost never buy souvenirs at Disney. We do go to the outlets especially the Stride Rite ones and the kids get their new summer sandals. I lucked out this year and bought 5 pairs of shoes for the kids at Stride Rite for $120. At home, it would have been double+.

If you're like me, you have as much fun shopping and preparing for the trip as you do actually being there!

virginiamama
05-21-2010, 04:12 PM
I honestly do not buy that much ON vacation. But I do like to enjoy my vacation wearing a few new things, and having everything on hand that I might need. Pictures are the main souvenir for me, so I'd much rather have pictures of everyone in nice new clothes rather than the much worn clothes we wear everyday. Not to mention that you don't have to wash and press new clothes - just toss them in the suitcase!

If the ponchos are the compact type for $0.50-$1.00, I always bring two full sets. That way if they get worn a lot or ripped, we can just toss them and still have enough for a second rainy park day.

I'm always looking to upgrade the bag I carry at the park or water bottle holder, camera, etc. I don't think about those things much until it is time for the vacation, so I end up making those purchases in time for the trip.:thumbsup2

All American
05-21-2010, 04:45 PM
I think half the fun of a trip is the preparation. We have only been to Disney World (as a married couple with kids) once in the ten years we've been married, and I went nuts buying stuff for the trip. As silly as it sounds, I wanted our daughter to look cute for the pictures because who knows when we'll ever go back. (We live in Utah, and just the cost of getting there is pretty steep.) So, I understand where you're coming from. If it helps, just ask yourself (put it on a card to keep in your purse) Would I rather spend this money here or on Main Street in Disney World? Then, on the other side write this The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment. Also, don't forget about all the stuff you'll have to bring back in addition to lots of hand sanitizer and ponchos.

P.S. And the baby wipes are awesome for anything. They'll come in handy for spills or smudged eye liner from Splash Mountain.

Have fun on your trip!!!

PrincessTeresa
05-21-2010, 05:08 PM
I think you should probably stop spending money before you upset your husband and he takes all your money away from you...

Everybody, meet my husband!! Hush up man! Remember....if Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!!!:rotfl2:

heatherleigh
05-21-2010, 05:51 PM
Sounds like me, but maybe not to the same extent. For some reason, I feel I need to buy additional things (some that I don't even use) prior to travel. I've been clothes shopping for my kids for our trip to Alaska for the past couple mos, and we haven't even left yet.

englishteacha
05-21-2010, 10:38 PM
Wow...and I thought I was bad for buying new sunscreen just in case! :)
I tried on my summer clothes yesterday. Most fit, enough for vacation, at least! I've purchased things for vacations over the years that have never been used, so now I'm more careful about what I buy. I have a tote bag where I've been tossing things I've purchased/found in the house for our trip. Mini fans from 2006 (just needed new batteries), disposable ponchos (never used, bought for our '06 trip), Purex laundry sheets (bought those new but with a coupon...and with 25 sheets in a package will last us for a decade of vacations!). The only things I bought special are my new cross-body bag (and I sold 2 bags from my stash and made money!), and the laundry sheets and sunscreen!

Our spending happens when we get ready to volunteer at summer camp. "Oh look, Glow Sticks are 10 for $3! Let's buy enough for the entire camp of 100 kids!" "Oooh, wouldn't the lodge at camp benefit from a disco ball?" "Let's get a giant tub of cheesy poofs for the counselors!" It's a non-profit Christian camp, and DH and I are rather attached to it and the kids, but I think we (mainly my hubby) goes overboard sometimes! We have 3 rubbermaid totes (the big ones) full of stuff we tote back and forth to camp each year. It sits in storage for 50 weeks a year!

OP, can you return any of the stuff you bought? Or put away some of those hand sanitizers for teacher gifts or stocking stuffers? I also agree with the baby wipes being useful. I bring some with me on vacation, to camp, on field trips. Work wonders!

apnep
05-22-2010, 11:02 AM
I am feeling the exact same way OP! We leave in 14 days and I have bought everyone new shorts, and a few shirts. I got myself a new pair of orthapedic flip flops and the kids will all get new shoes too.

But, I don't feel so bad because the last time my husband bought any decent shorts for himself, it was the 80's. Haha! :lmao: My kids have all outgrown all their clothes and the shoes have holes, except my DD's. None of my shorts fit me anymore either because I lost some weight. I DO feel like now is the best time to be buying clothes though because everything is on clearance!

So clothes are bought, the van has been maintained, an I'm done shopping except for some snacks for the road, oh and that cool new camera lens for my Nikon. :rolleyes1

Ang

QVCshopper
05-22-2010, 01:01 PM
If you have the urge to shop, why not go to a thrift shop? At least you will spend less. Or maybe get your wipes and ponchos from the Dollar Store? The real issue is the urge to spend. I almost have the opposite issue - I use things over and over again until they become almost out of date. I still wear the leather jacket I purchased at WDW in 1992! I still have my fur boots from 30 years ago! LOL I take care of my things so they last a long time:) My motto is "I don't mind spending money, but I hate wasting money"

This sounds like me. I brought a pair of VERY old pants to Disney. The first night, I bent over and they ripped straight across the rear... Needless to say I was down a pair of pants in what ended up being a 12 night trip due to snow.

tinkerbellmagic
05-22-2010, 03:11 PM
One thing I do to make myself feel better about the new clothes for all, lol, is I leave the tags on them and promise myself that whatever outfits do not get worn on vacation, will be returned to the store (unless I absolutely LOVE them!). Sorry, I'm no help. ;)

When we were little, part of the fun of vacation was having brand new outfits to wear. Such fond memories. I always make sure the kids have new Disney pjs too. Oh boy, sorry, I'm really no help.

One thing that does help me not pack so many little things, is that I really do not like lugging those really heavy suitcases. When I try to hoist those things up on the luggage holder at the resort, I always ask myself why did I bring all this, but you know what? I have pared down my list quite a bit over the years and really do use almost everything I bring. But that wasn't always the case.

You learn with each trip what you need and don't need and I take notes after each trip... like "24 homemade muffins for 3 people were too much for 7 days " or "we only used 2 mini tubes of toothpaste for 8 days" etc.

Just remember that the more you bring, the more you have to keep track of, the more you have to lug around. But yeah, I know it is hard to leave something behind because... "what if what if what if."

Have fun!

Mrs.Reese
05-22-2010, 07:06 PM
I think the worst part of going in the summer for us is that we go through so much clothes. With all the heat, DH just sweats so much that we end up having to change our clothes several times a day. Just started getting our stuff for our June trip and realized that I need a new bag and several toiletries. Since we don't do DDP, we'll also need snacks for the room. That's where I overspend on the snacks.

apnep
05-22-2010, 10:33 PM
I think the worst part of going in the summer for us is that we go through so much clothes. With all the heat, DH just sweats so much that we end up having to change our clothes several times a day. Just started getting our stuff for our June trip and realized that I need a new bag and several toiletries. Since we don't do DDP, we'll also need snacks for the room. That's where I overspend on the snacks.

Oh boy, I didn't even think about that... We are planning on an early start and then returning around lunch for a swim to cool off and rest before heading back out. It didn't even dawn on me that we'd probably need to switch clothes! I DID think about having to do laundry. How many changes should I take for 5 days??

Ang

ceecee
05-23-2010, 11:21 AM
We needed a new camcorder, case, ipod charger...so we spent a bit this weekend as well. One thing I forgot was toothpaste! I usually use 3/4 of a tube and take the rest, same with shampoo, etc. I forgot this year to do that.
I decided to break in my Teva's (normally I don't) and they hurt my feet!!! Blister on the top and the tags bothered my foot so I had to cut them out.....I have bought a new pair for the past 5 years....no problems. These are different and the Mandalay Tevas also hurt. We leave in 5 days so I guess I will be taking my trusty Mickey Crocs!