But in some areas of my life, I am an under-spender. It's frugality gone too far, when I hesitate to spend money on ordinary things because I'm not sure it's "worth it," when I am fretting over the decision to spend on things I actually need, and hanging on to things that do not serve me well because I feel guilt having acquired them. Have you seen our ridiculously jerry-rigged French press that leaks onto the counter every morning?
Other examples include keeping shoes that actively hurt my feet (because they cost a lot! Damn you, Danskos, for only appearing to be comfortable), or brand new children's sneakers from Noah's cousin that only needed new velcro, except it would cost $20 to repair and they were handed down for this very reason! It took me 2 months to get rid of those, placing them in and then removing them from the nasty kitchen trash because I had a change of heart. I just couldn't throw
I will eat food I don't really like because wasting it feels wrong and because my husband and kids turn their noses up at leftovers, especially the less tasty ones. I am so grateful to have a dog or this problem would be even worse ("Does this fish smell just a little bad or a lot bad?").
I fully acknowledge that all these examples fit into the category of "First World Problems." The world can use a lot less consumption, right? And the only damage is to myself. But in clear-headed moments, I think my happiness is worth pursuing, even if it means plunking down some money.
|Look cute, feel terrible. Want 'em?|
I had a very positive spending experience recently, plunking down $125 for dreamy red boots last month (what came over me?!). And you know what? They are worth every penny because they make my feet feel sooo good every second I wear them and, ahem (fishing for compliments here)- they look pretty awesome, right?
|Like walking on air...|
I do understand the benefits of spending more money for high quality but when it comes to items that actually improve every day life, like comfortable underwear and a working french press, but the cost difference between Target-quality and fancier stuff is so steep.
How do you decide when to splurge and on what items?