I hate spending money on myself. But when I have to, and we all *have to* from time to time, I decide in advance how much I will spend and stick to it. There is no renegotiation while standing in the checkout line and whatever the preset limit is, that's it. Examples: It took me three days to figure out what backup hard drive to buy and then another two days to figure out where to buy it from. I refuse to pay more than $50 bucks for a pair of shoes and I will not pay more than $40 bucks for a pair of pants ever. Period. My momma didn't raise no fool. So when I make a single item large purchase (anything over $100), I must be absolutely sure that it is the best product for the job intended at the best price possible. I get a full on case of the anals when it comes to shopping.
With that said, I made an online impulse buy. It was late last night, I had consumed one adult beverage, and I was surfing the internet when I stumbled upon a really good deal on something I have secretly wanted for a long time. I have never spoken aloud about this secret obsession for fear of the stares and high volume of laughter that I would have to contend with.
If it sucks, no one will ever hear another word about it. If it rocks, I will be the laziest sob alive but I will be basking in the glory of purchasing the greatest device ever.