When my older daughters come home, I always seem to "spoil" them. Emotional spending is my thing. Well, my oldest will be graduating from college in May, and she will be working as a substitute teacher all spring on her free days at school. She does not have anything really to wear except jeans. But to be "fair", I asked my other college age daughter if she would like to go shopping too. So, on Saturday afternoon we all went shopping. The damage of the shopping trip and the whole weekend for that matter is outlined on my other blog site My Daily Bread. Now I know I should budget a head of time for clothing purchases, but this was a last minute decision. All week we had spent more money than I would normally spend to give them a nice Spring break. Nothing extravagant, but family bowling, a movie, Chinese food and then clothes shopping. I did not have all of this cash in my checking account, so I had to pull some cash from my savings. I noticed that I didn't enjoy myself as much as I felt I should have. I was spending wonderful time with my daughters, but all I could think of was the fact that I would have to use some savings. Why was I so upset over this? Grace from GRACEful Retirement posted a bit about this idea of being obsessed with spending or not spending and not really living. Why can't I just enjoy spending some money on my children, especially for items that are needed AND be okay with it? I just thought I'd have some breathing room since I've paid off so much debt, but I guess it will take some time to figure all of this money stuff out.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Bottom line is that I had the money. I did not go further into debt. I spent on my daughters, not frivolously, but a bit more than I felt comfortable with. I guess I will have to think out my weekly spending a little more carefully, stick to cash, or plan ahead for major spending so that I feel comfortable after spending it.