I believe I’m having a change of heart about spending money. I bought a new car, remodeled my bathroom and spent money on a number of home improvement projects on my beach house in North Carolina. On one hand I want to kick myself for forgetting to print a 15% off coupon for my last visit to Kohls’ and on the other I easily shelled out thousands of dollars for big ticket items.
I no longer find myself telling people to hold onto their money or to save as much as they can. I suddenly want to shout “live a little.”
After a lifetime of not spending much money it feels good to loosen the purse strings a little. Okay, maybe more than a little maybe quite a lot. When I shower in my updated bathroom I don’t have to look at dingy, dirty 1950s gray tile and when I hoist my son into his car seat I no longer feel like I’m breaking my back to do so.
The home renovations aren’t a total loss financially. Not only do they provide us with nicer amenities now, but they will also help us sell the house for more if/when the time ever comes to sell them. The car’s value dropped the minute we drove it off the lot, but I feel so comfortable driving it and getting my son in and out of it.
While part of me feels the need to nickel and dime with coupons and sales the other part of me thinks I’ve already saved so much maybe I should put the brakes on my frugality. Perhaps I’ve been too strict with my money. I suddenly feel like a freshman in college who has the freedom to do what she pleases but suddenly finds herself too tempted to attend class everyday and get good grades.
Do you ever wrestle with spending and saving? Do you feel like sometimes you just want to save, save, save and other times you need to splurge and spend?