Indulge in your whims
Shopping sprees don’t have to involve a pair of astronomically expensive, anatomically implausible shoes or a really spectacular watch that you promise you’ll wear every single day for the rest of your life. The more insidious savings-sucking culprits masquerade as purveyors of common items, such as Costco and Sam’s Club. Strolling through a warehouse-sized storeroom full of practical items at low, low prices all but guarantees a spending bonanza. In an informal poll of visitors to their Web site, Consumer Reports found that about half of warehouse club shoppers spent more than they intended.