The couch is no closer.
I made a reasonable case to myself that these were items I would get a lot of use out of and that I did not already own in some version. Also, everything was purchased either used or at least 50% off.
Mankind is the rationalizing animal. I''m not meeting my goal of spending less, that's for sure. However, I have thinned out my closet quite a bit in the last two months, and added nothing. As I threw out both pairs of ratty brown ankle boots this month, a new pair of brown ankle boots was a reasonable purchase. Ditto the black earrings when I had worn out both pairs of my black earrings. I returned a belt that I had purchased in January. I am selling two items on eBay that should net me about fifty bucks.
I am fighting - fighting! - the urge to take Talbot's up on their thoughtful offer of 40% off on a knit jacket. I am NOT buying a perfect white knit button-down shirt from J. Jill at 75% off. I successfully held off the half-price Halogen pencil skirt until it was no longer available in my size. It was so pretty.
I am woman, hear me whimper.