1. never buy groceries when you are hungry.
hunger fills your cart
from cookies to cold cuts
from shampoos to tissue papers
from instant coffee to sauces, dips, marinades, and condiments.
wheeling into the cashier,
your cart wobbles from the weight of things
you want but do not need
and as each price registers on the machine
feelings of futility creeps in,
you know you will be back
for the things you want but do not need.
2. if you want the best product at the best price, haggle.
everything of worth requires effort
one needs to persevere to witness the marvel
of prices stumbling in front of your very eyes,
and as you go home with the spoils of war
you find yourself buoyed by the conquest
of being able to have found and fought for something
3. when you buy something, use it.
dust tends to corrode even the strongest metal
and induces impotence among plastics,
it causes objects to be obsolete
making one wonders on the purpose of its purchase
soon, too soon for comfort
one finds oneself ignoring the object into extinction
a source of joy once
a waste of space after.