I’m not really cheating on my strategy to allow for planned and unplanned beads, but it does feel a bit like it!
The Scarlet Armadillo in the background? I went into one of my LDs last week just to see the new Fall release (specifically the Squirrel) and walked out with the armadillo. No guilt, though. I happily chalked it up as one of my spontaneous beads and I had a pretty good idea where I would use it. I felt a little reluctant leaving the Squirrel behind when I really did want it, but I had already ordered my planned bead for the month and was determined to stick to my plan. I planned only one bead this month since I wasn’t sure how well the planned/unplanned strategy would go and figured the Squirrel had just been released anyway. Only after I walked out did I realize that I hadn’t paid full price for the armadillo. Looking at my receipt, I discovered that my LD was having a 25% off sale!
So I went back the next day and got the Squirrel.
Technically it still counts as an unplanned bead since I didn’t pay full price, so it isn’t cheating. I just didn’t expect to get the Squirrel quite so quickly (hence the cheating feeling).