Tom gave me an early Christmas present. (A Grumpy Cat hat in case you couldn't tell.)
And I know I shouldn't have, but I checked the receipt. I mean, it fell to the ground when I pulled the hat out. I couldn't help it. He paid $40 for the hat. Why? A) he didn't wait for it to go on sale. And B) he paid for two day shipping.
This is why I dread making a Christmas list for him. He won't wait for sales! He won't use coupons!
In his man mind he's all, "I'll go into a store. Buy what I need. And be done with it."
I do no operate like this. I shop armed with coupons. I wait for sales.
We went to Kohls together and he started to search a rack with items that WERE FULL PRICE! For those who know Kohls, sometimes everything isn't on sale. You NEVER buy the stuff NOT on sale. But Tom was like, "I need pants. I like these pants. These pants are right here in front of me. Why not get these pants?"
THEY AREN'T ON SALE!
He doesn't like dealing with the "fuss." This is what he calls coupons. Fuss. Back in the day before we realized it would send us into an early separation, we went grocery shopping together. He'd toss in this and that and I'd be like, "STOP! I don't have a coupon for that brand. Get the other brand." And he'd be like, "But I don't like that brand." I'd say, "It tastes the same and I have a coupon for fifty cents off." Tom, stubborn man as he is, would dig into his pocket, pull out fifty cents, hand it to me and go, "There. We're good now."
Needless to say, we rarely grocery shop together anymore.
Christmas time means he buys stuff for me. Full price. No sales. No coupon.
THIS MAKES ME TWITCH, GUYS!
I know it's the thought that counts. But I could have gotten the Grumpy Cat hat for $20. SHIPPED. But he saw the option for two day shipping and was like, "Why not?"
When I make my list, I try to make notes like, "Wait until this time. It might go on sale then." Or if something on my list goes on sale, I let him know. But sometimes he does nothing about it, because he's not in the mood to shop. In his man mind, he'll shop when he feels like it and get it all done at once. Who cares about sales?
I swallow back my hysteria. I know with each gift I opened, that he paid full price. Maybe with two shipping, because the option was there.
But, you know.
It's the thought that counts...
And he does get me pretty awesome things.