I work hard, so I deserve nice things, right?
Last week, I wrote about all my temptations and excuses for all my purchases over the years. But, probably, my number one excuse is thinking I deserve nice things. Now, I don’t go around telling people that. It’s in the back of mind somewhere with all the other lies that I try to tell myself from time to time.
Since I have a good job, and make a decent living, I treat myself to items that I think I need. However, the reality is – I don’t really need much of anything. I have enough clothes to last me quite a while. I wear mostly lounge clothes during the week, anyway. I think I might ask for a couple pairs of lounge pants for Christmas (if I can last that long) though because I’m sick of the bubble gum pink ones…
On the weekends, I have a couple jeans that fit to wear out of the house. I guess I should mention here that not all my pre-pregnancy clothes fit me yet. Too bad I don’t have people throwing money at me to lose my baby weight a la Jessica Simpson and Weight Watchers.
You see, I don’t think it’s wrong to buy nice things for myself on occasion. But I have a problem when it comes to excess. I don’t know where to draw the line. When is it okay to buy something, and when is it not?
I have a ton of beautiful handbags sitting in my closet that I never use. I have used them before – but now I use diaper bags the majority of the time. I even sold some bags at a consignment shop last year, and gave some away to friends. I can’t seem to part with the rest.
I mentioned earlier this week, that someday I would like to be less attached to stuff so I can live a more simple life. And even more – what values do I want to pass down to my daughter? What do I want to teach her about money and owning stuff?
This series is really challenging me. I am, essentially, picking apart my issues with money and objects, and getting to the heart of the matter. I’m learning where to draw the line, and how to be smart about purchases. I hope it’s helpful, or, at least, insightful to others as well.
How am I doing?
Very excellent this past week. I hardly bought anything, except for groceries and pet supplies. And I didn’t even make my Hubby buy anything for me. Well, I did have one weak moment, and ask him to get me a digital copy of Pink’s new CD. But he didn’t, so I’m all good.
Besides the CD, I wasn’t even that tempted this week. It is VERY helpful to know that I am accountable to my readers. I don’t want to have to announce to the world that I’ve failed.
Do you ever fall in to the trap of feeling you deserve something because you work hard as a parent and/or at your job? Tell us about in the comments section.