Yeah, I'm secretly bending the same way.
I'd like to be a purist, just me, my goggles, and the water. I've used fins once, pullbuoy never, kickboard never. But -- if it's not an escape to avoid ever having to deal with a known problem -- if it's a way to work around a problem so I can work on other problems -- where's the harm?
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen scared me away from fins for the rest of my life: http://www.aquaticedge.org/finAddict.htm