My fashion minded eldest told me that when the economy crashes, eye liner and lipstick sales go up - they are relatively inexpensive ways for people to feel good, shop, and not break the bank.
I am not fashion-minded, nor do I enjoy shopping in general, but my relatively cheap pick-me-up purchases tend to be seeds. It used to be small items of tack or grooming implements, but seeds are cheaper, as the budget gets tighter. Then, I end up with little packets of seeds in the fridge, if they need to be chilled to preserve them, or in coffee cans in cupboards. Some of the seeds I have are years old - I plant them just to see, and sometimes I am happy with the results.
I almost always try to buy non-hyrbid, open-pollinated seeds with the intention of seed saving, but I always end up eating all the veggies before I can save their seeds. I need to develop some self-discipline in that area.
It's November, and it's time to start thinking about new seeds for the new year. What do I want to plant in my garden? Why didn't I keep better records this year? What new could I experiment with out there? I know I want lots of tomatoes - and maybe some determinate paste varieties because I am dying to can some sauce - and cucumbers and peas and beans. Maybe not so many eggplants this year - but definitely cabbages, turnips, and squash (hopefully they'll be more productive this year). I think I will need to peruse some seed catalogs soon!