I am not a big fan of shopping. I think that some of this is because I haven’t had a lot of money to shop WITH since I lived at home as a teenager. So, in order to cope with being tight on money, I usually stay out of malls and stores in general. When I go into these places often, I usually want things, so staying out makes it easier. Money or not, I still wouldn’t be a great shopper. I find it taxing and tedious after a while.
Then there are my spending quirks.
Although I tend to buy in “Spurts”, I’m not a huge impulse buyer. I will window shop, but I rarely come home with anything. If I am still thinking about it one or two days later, it is usually a sign that it is a purchase I should make. I am usually happy with this system and it rarely lets me down.
Another oddity is that I have a things that I am able to easily spend money on and things that I can not. My aunt illustrated it really well when she said, “I was complaining bitterly about the cost of meat and it occurred to how odd it this was when I am I am perfectly willing to spend $8.99 on a pound of fudge!”
It’s true for me as well.
I have always loved food. When I was growing up, we had quite a few food restrictions because my sister and I struggled with our weight. I think it is because of that that I love having what I like on hand. I don’t go hog wild or anything. On the contrary, I usually look at price and stay in a general budget, but my grocery bill is one that I am not too penny-pinching about.
I also spend money eating out. I love it. Why is it that I can drop $50.00 on dinner but I hemm and haw and guffaw about spending that on a purse that I like.
It makes no sense, does it? The dinner will digest in an hour or two and I could get much more use out of a purse, or shoes, or clothing.
I thought it would be interesting to compile a short list comparing things that I am usually able to spend money on and what I wish I could spend it on instead. Keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily a list of things that I NEED, more like a list of “Instead of putting X amount of eating out, I wish I could easily put it towards buying amazing towels instead.”.
Get it? Good.
- My hair stylist. I have found that MOST of the time, it is well worth the money to get a great stylist. This isn’t quite as true with longer hair, but if you are wanting a really great cut and color, go to someone good. Admittedly, I HAVE scaled back on this while I was saving to go to Europe. It was worth the sacrifice.
- Dining Out- I love going out to eat. Especially in a bigger city where you have a great selection.
- Groceries- If it’s on sale, yippee, if not…Eh. There is one exception to this and that would be meat. I don’t usually purchase expensive cuts and it is usually on sale.
- Entertainment- Movies, concerts, theater. Love it.
- Diet Coke- Sad, but true. I spend an obscene amount of money on this nectar of the Gods every year.
Things I REALLY wish I could spend money on instead of most of the above list: (There is a lot I would put on here involving family, but it would make the list too long so I’m just going to concentrate on me.)
- Higher quality clothing- You know? I am really getting tired of frumpy. I am also pretty sick of clothes that look hideous after a couple of washes or that don’t fit well. I would like to start slowly adding higher quality classics to my wardrobe.
- Salon quality hair products. Why is this so hard for me? I spend quite a bit on getting my hair cut and colored, you would think that I would want to try and keep it looking good, right? There is a difference in product, plain and simple. My newest longing is to try Bliss lemon and sage supershine shampoo and conditioner. It is outrageous, but you have to order it online (Which I suck at) and it’s well over twice what I usually pay.
- Great makeup/ skin care- There are sooooo many products I want to own. Way too many to start a list (Like, just take everything from this line and dump it in a bag for me!). Luckily, I have kind friends and family who have given me some great skin care things over the years that has really helped.
- Shoes- My husband is a shoe snob. I’m a wanna be. I have noticed how much better my feet feel in my higher quality shoes. Again, I am not adverse to a great bargain, but the shoes could be better.
- Pillows, sheets, towels and bras. I wear all of the above TO DEATH. Trying to get comfortable with my lumpy, worn out pillow tonight I realized that I really need to toss all or most of our pillows out and start anew. I just got new bedding a couple of years ago so that is good, but we are also in need of new towels. I want really GOOD, fluffy, lovely towels. Bras are just a pain in the ass to get fitted for, but I should do it more often than I do.
Is anyone else out there like this? Do YOU have a list of things you wish you could break down and buy without major guilt trips or am I all alone?