I'm beginning to wonder if I live in a parallel universe to many other people - especially with regards to how much things cost - as I've had a few 'sticker shock' moments lately.
The first was when I went to buy some padded envelopes. I get through a lot of padded envelopes of various sizes due to my eBay and Amazon sales, and always buy them from the 99p shop in the high street. Naturally, all packs cost 99p!! but the number in each pack varies depending on how large the envelope is. The smallest size (sort of half an A4 sheet size) has seven for 99p, the next size up has five, and the largest size has three. Annoyingly, the 99p shop had totally run out of any sized padded envelope and I didn't have any at home either. Passing WH Smith's I saw they had a 'stationery event' so popped in to have a gander. Snakes alive, they were charging £3.59 for a pack of five small envelopes exactly the same size as I can get in the 99p shop next door - for a pack of seven!! And it's not like the Smith's ones are superior quality or anything, the 99p shop ones are fabulous and are even made in the UK (although I suspect they are possibly the only non-food item in the 99p shop that is!!) Needless to say, I left Smith's without buying any. Two days later the 99p shop had restocked and I loaded up with eight packs.
Second 'sticker shock' moment came whilst perusing the Boots No.7 counter - not something I do very often but I had a £5.00 off voucher that I thought I might use. £12.50 for a mascara - what!!!, £25.00 for a weeny pot of fancy pants moisturiser - I know it is nice stuff as I've bought some sample tubes at boot sales before now - but seriously, £25.00!! I was slightly tempted by a single eyeshadow at £8.00 (would've only cost me £3.00 with my voucher) but then thought about all the lovely boot sale Bourjois eyeshadows I've got at home and changed my mind. Eventually, I came away with a pack of No.7 cleansing wipes which were £7.00 full price but only cost me £2.00. At least I know I'll use these.
Add that to some of the charity shop prices that I find totally outrageous (£7.99 for a man's shirt, £5.00 for a plain black long-sleeved T-shirt in a brand I've never heard of etc, etc) and I've come to the conclusion that I've somehow been beamed up into a parallel universe without me even realising!! Luckily for me, I'm quite happy wandering around in my own little world where spending £25.00 on a moisturiser or £12.50 on a mascara really wouldn't float my boat .