Works for Me Wednesday: Thinking AheadJanuary 7, 2009
I haven’t done a WFMW post in a while, mainly because I feel like I’ve already shared my best tips. Also because — on my worst days — I spend a lot of time feeling as if I don’t have my act together, and on those days, nothing is really working for me.
However, last night I surprised myself with a bit of forward/proactive thinking. We met some friends for dinner at Panera Bread (yum!) and planned to spend an hour or so browsing through the Barnes & Noble that was located in the same shopping center.
Between us, we had five children. And the Barnes & Noble has a Starbucks. One that sells those big-as-your-whole-hand chocolate chip cookies that cost $2 each.
Kids can’t help but ask for those cookies. They’re so big! They have huge chunks of chocolate in them! But I can’t justify paying that kind of money for a cookie. I fully anticipated the children asking for cookies, and I fully anticipated the whiny poutiness that I would be subjected to when I said, “no.”
What do we teach our children to do when they experience such a conflict? Compromise, of course! So, while we were at Panera and the kids were distracted, I bought a bag of a dozen chocolate chip cookies for $4.29. They are smaller, sure, but 12 cookies will go a lot farther than the two I would have gotten for the same price at Starbucks.
I didn’t offer the cookies right away; just tucked them in my purse where no one would see them. Then, when the kids asked for the Starbucks monstah cookie, I pulled them out, offered them all around, and enjoyed one myself.
More cookies, less money, no whining. I was pretty pleased with that!
It wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t thought about how the next hour would unfold. Thinking ahead allows you to be prepared, which is a lot easier on the nerves and the pocketbook. I need to do it more often.