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9. "But I got it on Groupon!"
Okay, there's a lot of discussion today about group coupons and how they give you a chance to save on stuff you love and take advantage of opportunities to do things you wouldn't normally do. This is true. Especially the "wouldn't normally do" part. I get offers in my inbox, on Facebook and on Twitter. But I'm opting out. And here's why: I recently received a one for a mani/pedi from Living Social in my email box. And I found myself clicking on it and dialing the number to make my appointment. But some little voice stopped me mid-dial. The voice asked, "Would you be scheduling that mani/pedi today if you didn't just get that in your inbox?" Although I wanted to whine, "Yes this has been on my VIP to-do list for weeks," I knew the real answer was "no." I was about to spend $39 on something that, let's face it, I really don't need, because I'm not walking down any red carpets this week. Or next.

Caitlin Shetterly is the author of Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home (Voice)

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