This Poverty Post is brought to you by the Misstep Department.
Here’s the thing: Bossy often buys items she is unsure about; unsure before she’s even left the store. She calls this kind of purchase “securing” the item, meaning available to Bossy should she decide in the next three hours she actually likes the thing instead of listening to her nagging inner voice which suggests it should be dropped right there in the aisle.
Bossy never really saw this as a problem before, because she would just return the item. And she’s very good at returning. As a matter of fact, sometimes when going to a shopping facility, Bossy’s loved ones will inquire what exactly she plans to buy so that she can return it.
Bossy’s friend Wendy we are looking at you.
Anyway. The problem is that ever so occasionally the return takes a while or life gets in the way, and there Bossy stands at Customer Service without a receipt. And then she is given Store Credit, which Bossy never saw as a particularly bad thing either, since she tends to frequent the stores that she, well, frequents.
But recently Bossy located a purse she hasn’t used since last winter, and in that purse were unused Store Credit cards. And OK, one was issued in January of 2002, back when Bossy was a young toddler.
This made Bossy so angry at herself she had to eat approximately two dozen of her friend Martha’s chocolate-covered peanut butter crispy air cookies.
The plan? Bossy will place these cards in a prominent place and use them appropriately, but mark her words: She will not be continuing the game of purchase-to-return.
And she will begin as soon as she returns her recently purchased charcoal grey cardigan. It’s too long, which, surprise, Bossy knew before she left the store.