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Do It (Tomorrow)

I've been trying to use less plastic, eat healthier, and spend less money. Of course those are all goals I've been tempted to break--recently all at once. This week I had a coworker tell me about the new Chocolate Shamrock Shake at McDonald's. Now, I have always loved Shamrock Shakes, but mint and chocolate TOGETHER in one glorious milkshake? Yes, please!
Except McDonald's doesn't let you bring your own cup to fill, which would mean using a wasteful plastic cup. And what about that eating healthier thing? I'm all for a treat now and then, but there's no way that calorie monster could be considered in any way healthy. And it would be money I didn't need to spend.

Still, none of that was enough to dissuade me from getting one asap.

Then I actually got off work, it was late, and I just wanted to go home. There's not a McDonald's between my work and my house, so I'd just be lazy tonight and go get it tomorrow. But when 'tomorrow' came, I took another look at all the pros and cons. The pros didn't really seem worth it anymore. Now that I'd taken a step back and could examine the situation better, I wasn't about to nosedive into the temptation. My laziness had actually helped me in this situation.

I've always been told that a way to avoid impulse buying was to wait a few days and think about it before buying something expensive, but perhaps that same principle should be applied to lower dollar items too. I'm not saying every purchase ever should be put under a magnifying glass, but if a purchase raises a red flag in your mind, take some time to really think about it. Honestly, some things are worth it, but take some time to really think about it first. Then if you decide the pros outweigh the cons, go ahead and do it (tomorrow).


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