As I sit here drinking my Red Rose tea and eating my bulk purchased oatmeal, I ponder at my surroundings and the last 24 hours. I am wearing thrifted pants and T-shirt, as well as a cozy long sleeve top given to me by a friend who was recently widowed and wanted me to look through her wife’s closet to see if there was anything I could use. (I took two shirts.) I’m wearing my wool lined $37.50 Keen boots from two years ago, yet I’m wearing no socks as my supply is low and I need to start darning.
I gassed up my mini-van yesterday to the tune of $73.78 and have already driven almost 60 miles to my sons’ cross-country track meet which was out of town. I pay extra for sustainably raised eggs and milk, yet I balk at the price of organic milk. I shell out the cash for private tutoring, yet I try to eke out one more year from my winter coat. The heat is off, although we’ve cranked it up a time or two when we’ve had guests.
My life is a mixture of over and underspending.
Are you noticing a pattern here? I overspend on big picture stuff, which is generally for others, especially my kids. Yet I underspend on myself. But there is zero negative consequence of underspending on myself. I have what I need.
I rarely, if ever overspend on stuff. You know, material objects, things, clutter. Crap.
And what I consider to be stuff, you might view as worth it. When I have a single pair of cute winter boots, I’m set. I don’t need a second pair. Same goes for coats, travel mugs and the like.
One and done. Kind of.
Life is not black or white, and to expect complete consistency would be unrealistic.
So next time you’re feeling bad about the inconsistencies in your life, remember that that you are not alone. No one is perfect, and we all choose where to put our energies.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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