I Took My Doctor’s Advice

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It is pretty funny, but it really did take my doctor telling me that I needed to get a pedicure to actually do it.  I enjoy a good foot massage and having my toenails look pretty.  But if you knew me, you’d know that I am pretty frugal, especially when it comes to spending money on myself.  “Free” is definitely my favorite word, lol.  So, I have a hard time paying someone to paint my toenails when I can do it myself for a fraction of the cost (I still have nail polish I bought about 10 years ago, so obviously I’m stretching my pennies! That or just not painting my nails much. Lol!).

Despite my love of not spending money, I love spending time with my friends more.  So I texted my good friend and asked if she was in need of a pedicure.  We consulted our schedules and found that we could find time to meet in a little over 2 weeks.  That was quite ridiculous.  So I blew off the gym in favor of girl time and a pedicure.  We went the next morning.  I still had nail polish on from our last pedicure together… in October.  Sigh.

My friend and I are sitting there laughing, catching up and just generally enjoying the time hanging out.  When it was time for us to move and put our toes under the drying fans, my friend looks up at my purse.  And she says what I have been trying to avoid hearing for a while.  “Oh my gosh, your purse is falling apart!  Lisa, you need a new purse!”

I have actually been hiding my purse when meeting friends to avoid notice for a long time.  My purse has been falling apart for many months.  The inner pockets had torn open, the straps were coming apart, and the faux leather was falling off the exterior in large patches revealing the fabric liner inside.  It was pretty bad.

I had been hunting for a new purse since last fall and was looking for leather, durable, simple and inexpensive. I ordered one online from Macy’s for a great price in November.  It was super cute, with a scarf attached for flair.  But the strap was just too short.  It sat on a shelf in my closet for months.  Finally, I made it to the mall in March and returned it.  Of course, I could not pass up the chance to browse for another purse while I was there.  First stop was at the clearance tables.  And then I meandered around the department looking for the perfect purse.

I actually found a great purse hiding in the back of a shelf. The Sak purses are some of my favorites and I lucked out finding the perfect one!  It was leather, a nice neutral brown and looked very “me.”  It was on sale and discounted again.  The original price was $159.  I ended up paying  $62.60 plus tax!  I was so excited! It was even less expensive than the purse I had just returned!!  I took it home and showed it off to my family.  And then it sat on a shelf in my closet, still in the bag.

Of course, I had already told my friend about my super cute find. I had to admit to her that I’d left it in the closet and continued to use my deteriorating bag because I just hadn’t set aside the time to swap purses.  Why, oh why did I wait so long?!  2 days ago, I said, “Enough is enough!”  I swapped out my purse and threw the old one in the trash.

Now I’m enjoying seeing my pretty new purse sitting there next to me.  The leather feels great and I am not ashamed to be seen with it, which is even better!  And my toes look pretty to boot!  Guess I should listen to the doctor’s advice more often, huh?

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