Sometimes it is just a good day to open your email. Sometimes a few random seconds of your day pay off. Today was one of those days.
I had just walked back in the door after having lunch with our daughter before she headed back to college. We had hugged good-bye in the restaurant parking lot and now it was back to school for her and refocusing on work for me.
I sat my keys down on the table and opened the email client on my phone. My junk address was, as usual, filled with ads and sale reminders. I mostly ignore them, but the JoAnn’s email caught my eye. Today Only! 25% OFF!
Really? My daughter and I had just spent some time there yesterday, picking up a few creative toys for our new year. Isn’t that the way it usually goes? You pick up a few things then bam – there’s a sale.
I started to hit delete, then looked at the email once more. I do have a new Mixed-Media class beginning next week. It could be worth the drive. Even if it is freezing outside and all I really wanted to do was sit down by the wood stove and start prepping for tomorrow’s classes. Okay, I talked me into it. 😉 Back into the coat and gloves and the still slightly warm car I went.
Since I was in the store yesterday I knew that a few things I wanted were on sale and this coupon included sale and clearance items. I have to admit that driving down the road I felt a bit suckered. A simple email had tempted me with Today Only and won out.
I continued to encourage myself with reminders that new classes were starting soon and I did just sign up for The Documented Life Planner again this year plus I was taking several online classes that I needed supplies for anyway, and on went my silent discussion with myself. I guess I was a bit skeptical about whether it would be worth the time and the drive. And yes, a bit worried that my will power would cave and I’d end up with things in my cart that were impulse buys.
In the end it turned out to be a good email day. I was in and out of the store inside of 30 minutes, came home with 10 products that have been on my need/want list for some time and between my 50% off single item coupon and the 25% off total purchase coupon, the savings was worth the drive. Maybe not such a big deal to some, but days like this make it worth reading the junk mail and bring a happy heart to this creative soul.