broke not broken

with nothing but time on my hands, i give you my thoughts

gonna be a bestseller January 13, 2009

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I am often captivated by Bests lists.  Top sellers, highest rated, most read.  I like to see how the people feel about specific things so I know whether to jump on the bandwagon or turn up my nose.  For instance, I just joined Ravelry so I can post pictures of my knitting and keep track of what my friends are working on.  They also rank yarns and patterns so you can see what’s popular within the knitting community.  My mother cashed in her Visa rewards for me as a Christmas present, and I picked out a $100 Amazon gift card and a $50 Macy’s gift card.  Incidentally, I had gotten a $50 Verizon rebate in the mail the day before.  $200 in free cash!  So I surfed over to Amazon, and thought I’d look at groceries, as almost all of my money goes towards food.  “Cereal, I eat cereal,” I thought to myself.  Kellogg’s is a favorite of mine, but looking at the prices, I realized I wouldn’t save much, if any, money, as compared to the grocery store, plus I’d have to buy four boxes at a time.  I guess I could take the Special K challenge, but I think that’s just a ploy to make you buy huge quantities of their product.  I looked at the Bestsellers in Grocery to see what people are buying (it’s updated every hour).

At around 11PM Pacific time, it looks to me like hyper-caffeinated moms who want green baby products, would like their husbands to be cleanshaven, and feel they have weight issues  are doing most of the shopping.  Not that the list surprises me.  I understand why a parent might be interested in eco-friendly diapers and baby wipes and also have a strong need for coffee all the time.  And I shamelessly admit – when I first saw Alli on the list, my first thought was “Awesome, you can buy this shit on the internet?!”  instead of reacting with the preferred feminist outrage that women should be happy with their bodies.  I don’t know how much it costs in the pharmacy or grocery store, but it seems to be heavily discounted here and I don’t have to deal with the shame of asking someone to unlock the case so I can buy it!  Not that I can spend my money on diet pills right now.  But one day, I will, now that I know I can get it anonymously.

I am not sure what I’m going to buy from Amazon.  I might save for when I move, so I can treat myself to something nice, but I haven’t checked out the rest of the Grocery section.  I have two options for the Macy’s card – either go clothes shopping or get stuff for my kitchen.  Yes, yes, and yes.  Once I find a job, I will probably want different clothing (although I haven’t worn my work clothes in so long, they will feel new to me).  I also have a Williams and Sonoma gift card given to me by a dear friend, with which I plan to buy new knives and cutting boards (this is terribly exciting).  The Verizon rebate is going right back to the phone company to pay for my ridiculously high phone bill – last month I went a little overboard text messaging and browsing the web from my phone.

Last month's data usage

Last month's data usage

It’s not as bad as this, but it’s a lot for me right now (twice my normal bill).

I look forward to spending my gift cards, even if I spend them on more practical things.