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Ah, it feels good to spend again

September 26th, 2014 at 06:07 pm

Am I like the drunk stumbling around in a room full of teetotalers when I say that? I know most people here are trying to save money or get a handle on their finances.

I am, too, of course, but for the past 5 years I've lived on very little, so with a pretty well-paying job, I am feeling like a newly liberated shopper.

I did my monthly expense report a few days early this morning, and I see that year-to-date, I've saved $19,744. That's not counting any appreciation of my investments; it's just a strict accounting of income minus expenses from January through today. So I feel I can relax my frugal ways just a bit.

I'm not out of control, but I did just now spend $96 on some things at JC Penney. They're having a pretty good sale this weekend. I picked out a sheet and comforter/sham set plus some bath and hand towels. I chose to pick up at the store in a few days to avoid a delivery charge.

I also got a 30% off coupon for Kohl's, so I may go there for clothes, although i don't like their stuff nearly as much as I like Macy's. It would be tempting to hit the mall too, but I fear I may go overboard there. Smile

This is going to be our last summer weekend with temps up in the low 80s. And perfect sunny days.

Today was pay day. I automatically have $1555 of pre-tax money going to my 401k each month. That's about 22% of my pay. I also paid about $1200 for both my homeowners and car insurance. That was charged to my credit card so I can at least score some bonus points.

I'm in a spendy mood. Usually I contain it by directing to to mostly food. But I'm looking forward to the new comforter and towels (an indigo blue) and sure wish I could pick them up this weekend.

My handyman Billy did a good job with the concrete filling in some cracks in my front landing and step. He only charged $80 for his labor and supplies. Even handymen around here want to charge you $100 just to show up, so I didn't mind paying him that at all.

I hope to hit a tag sale and a church craft fair this weekend, talk to my mother about her IRA RMD, plant some tulip bulbs and do a hundred other things. But hey! It's the WEEKEND!!!!

3 Responses to “Ah, it feels good to spend again”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    When I moved from NM I had NE pack my bedding in a box. I thought I had told him that the comforter stayed, but either I didn't, or he didn't hear me. So I have a comforter ... one I don't like much at all. I really want a pretty feminine one but am having this huge debate about whether it makes any sense to spend $50+ on a comforter when I already *have* a perfectly good one (brown kind of mannish looking...)

    I'm glad you are feeling free to loosen your purse strings a bit. You definitely have had a go of it for the last number of years.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I often feel guilty spending, even though we don't go wild. Glad things have eased up for you and you can buy a few things.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Enjoy your new bedding and towels! You've earned them. Smile

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