That's how supermarkets get you, isn't it? You're pootling around with your list, thinking you'll buy some milk, teabags, a jar of spices then - oh look, saucepans are on special offer. That DVD's only a fiver. Those mugs are nice, and while I don't need yet more coffee mugs those ones are 3 for 2 ... Before you know it you've spent far too much.
I bought towels the other week as they seemed too much of a bargain to resist. A beautiful pale turquoisey blue, bath sheets reduced from £20 to £6 a pair, hand towels from £14 to £3 a pair. Yes, they were inexpensive, but I've got a stack of towels already. Opting out , even a fraction from the consumer culture is tricky when opting enthusiastically in and buying nice things can be very pleasing.
Oh well, I'll post this, then I'll check my ebay sales and see if any of the books/DVDs I've listed have sold. Maybe that'll help balance things out a little.