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Visit Aftermath

July 19th, 2017 at 06:40 pm

BFF has gone home, and in her wake, my poor budget is on life support. Not her fault. We just had a lot of fun together and I lost my perspective and spent too much.

We both love to go Goodwill shopping, and generally I hold it down. But this time, I found so much stuff. Having a $5 coupon and 15% off for being a senior made it all seem sensible. But I spent a lot -- $102. Some of it was for gifts, but I also bought some brand-new boots, two blazers, three jackets, eight tops, two scarves and a bracelet. I love everything I bought. Strictly speaking, I didn't need clothes, but my wardrobe was looking tired, and I'm pretty excited about these additions.

But of course it was exactly the wrong time to do this. My variables budget is now 110%. (Because I also ate out, got gas and went to a movie.) That said, I still have $26 to spend before pay day, because of coming in under budget in past months. So I will just do my darnedest to spend nothing, though I think I MAY have to cave on kitty litter. And I'll have to do laundry.

So, six days of belt-tightening. I choose to think of it as exciting!

4 Responses to “Visit Aftermath”

  1. Carol Says:

    You did have fun, didn't you! Enjoy your new (to you ) clothes!

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Well after all, you WERE shopping at Good Will and you DO love everything you got. You've got to live a little. Don't be so hard on yourself. And if you have to cut somewhere, cut back on all the gifts you're buying for the grandkids. In my mind those gifts have a very short-term value. They'll still love grandma just as much with fewer of them.

    What would you think about starting a college savings account for them instead? Put the money in there and let them know what you're doing, but not the balance. If you hit some kind of financial crisis, you can dip into it and save yourself.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    The point I'm trying to make is that you need to make yourself the top priority and if you are feeling any kind of money pressures, you need to ensure your own well-being.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks, PS -- we are actually on the same page. I do give the grandkids college money at Christmas time, and that is my major giving to them. My non-monetary gifts are definitely in the stocking-stuffer "something to open" category. And I also buy them secondhand clothing, which they don't care about at all, but it helps out mom & dad. And it is as much a pleasure for me as buying for myself.

    I'm only agonizing now because of the timing. It's been a month of big expenses. Had this happened during an ordinary month I would only be happy about it.

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