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January 16, 2014

WILLIAMS: Making some changes

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Mom bought our oak pedestal kitchen table. It is beautiful but too big for the room. You have to scroonch to get past it to the sink. You have to move a chair to open the refrigerator door. So I wanted to get rid of the dining room table and move that table to the dining room, which meant getting a new, small table for the kitchen.

I really tried the frugal thing. I went on Facebook’s “Buy Here, Sell Here” site to try to find a relatively cheap table and chairs. I went to Smith’s Used Furniture in Huntington. They didn’t have anything I liked. The clerk suggested I visit the new store, just down the block. “They have several smaller sets.”

I knew I shouldn’t do it but I went anyway. The minute I walked through the door, I saw exactly what I wanted. “It’s perfect,” I said longingly, “but I hadn’t planned on paying that much.”

“We can write up the contract in 15 minutes and deliver it tomorrow,” the sales gal said encouragingly.

I thought about my new need to be financially prudent for about 30 seconds before I nodded, “Let’s do it.”

“Oh, Geesh,” I told my friend, Glenda, regretfully, on the way home, “I shouldn’t have done that.”

“Well, look at it this way,” she said, “if you quit smoking, you’ll recoup the cost of the table in about a month.”

Another upside - thankfully, I took losing weight off my resolution list because I couldn’t afford to buy a whole new size 6 wardrobe now.

And, then, of course, it wasn’t 2014 yet so technically, my resolutions hadn’t kicked in. I lit another cigarette in celebration of how it all worked out.

And that is how the mind of a self-indulgent person thinks.

Vicki Williams is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached through the newspaper at ptnews@pharostribune.com.

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