You all know that I am Sultana of Savings, the Chancellor of Cheap, the Secretary General of Scrimp and Save! (That was fun, I could have kept going all day long!) But when it comes to spending my hard earned dollars, I tend more towards the Cheapskate of Chattanooga. I hate spending the big bucks. I know it’s because I know too well that $20 spent here and $5 spent that could have bought an $15 antique bookshelf, or even a gorgeous $1 vintage painting.
It skews your perspective.
Like a 1930′s hysterical movie heroine, I sometimes need a good hard slap across the face.
My one and only nephew is turning thirteen on December 23rd, and I wanted to make this year’s gift something special. Becoming a teenager is a big deal to kids, and having a birthday two days before Christmas is always going to be kind of awful. Especially for a Jewish kid. So in the name of being the awesome aunt that I am, (this is fact and not arguable) I splashed out on an expensive birthday/Hanukkah gift that would knock his socks off.
Design your own custom Vans.
My son and his cousin have spent many happy hours on the Vans website designing their dream shoes, without ever getting to actually order a pair. Because the completed shoes cost $65 plus seven bucks in shipping. And when your mother normally spends around $5 for shoes at Goodwill, $72 ain’t gonna happen.
Nowhere, nohow, nuh uh.
These shoes will be my nephew’s one and only December gift from me, but the sound of his voice when I talked to him about his gift was was worth every penny of that $72, maybe even $73. To say he was pleased would be the understatement of the century.
The spending out was painful, but I am really happy with my decision. My nephew will get an awesome pair of self-designed shoes, and I know I hit the ball out of the park.
The only problem is that my 14-year-old son is now wickedly jealous.
Do you have to force yourself to spend more money, force yourself to spend less money or do you fall somewhere in between? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”