When Is It Okay to Spend Money?

Do you ever feel guilty about spending money? Honestly, sometimes I get the weirdest hangups.

My husband likes to remind me of the time that we were re-siding our house. I wanted to have the windows framed out a certain way. “That will cost an extra two thousand dollars,” the contractor told me. “No problem,” I responded without hesitation. “Do it.”

That same day, my popcorn maker died. I LOVE air-popped popcorn you guys! LOVE IT! It’s my favorite snack.

So, I hopped on Amazon to look for a new popcorn popper and spent over an hour opening up tab after tab and comparing popcorn maker after popcorn maker.

You guys – each of these popcorn makers cost between $9 and $20. We’re not talking exactly big bucks here.

My husband was exasperated, “JUST PICK ONE! IT’S NOT EXPENSIVE! You barely even blinked when the contractor told you about the windows.”

He’s right. Everything he was saying was true. I just spent two grand without batting an eye. So why was I getting so worked up about a popcorn maker?

The truth is, I’m still not entirely sure. I think it’s because I generally like to be frugal and thoughtful with small stuff. Saving $10 on a popcorn maker means I have $10 more dollars to spend when important things like siding my house have to happen.

When those big things (siding, remodeling, a broken appliance) happen, I want to be ready for them and I want to be able to spend money on that job to do it right. I don’t want to be frugal on something like my roof when that roof is literally separating me from the elements.

Does anyone else feel this way? Is it just me?

There are things I’ve wanted to do in our house for a while – hem some curtains, buy a new, fancy bedding set, buy a headboard for our bedroom. But none of these things seem important enough for me to want to spend money on them.

Then, at the same time, I will spend money on things that are definitely not important as an impulse purchase without even thinking about it. Like books. Oh, I love my books.

So, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to make a list of all these things I’ve been putting off because they seem unimportant or dumb to spend money on. Then, every time I’m about to make an impulse purchase, instead I will choose one of the things off my list that cost about the same amount!

Will it work? I have no freaking clue. I hope so. I hope it will also help me finish up a few lingering house projects as well – clearing mental clutter is always the best feeling!

Anyone want to try it with me? Or anyone else struggle with a similar mindset? I’d love to hear about it!

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