Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom
When I think of this thread, I think of it fostering AWARENESS of our spending. Not necessarily punishment for spending. So I don't think we should DEPRIVE ourselves of things we love -- just recognize that you love them and be conscious that this is where we are choosing to spend our money.
In your case, I think you are doing that. It is not a silly way to spend money if it brings you pleasure, right?
I love this thread because it helps me spot places where I DON'T want to spend the money (the McDonald's drive-through) that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. I would much rather spend $100 on a pair of running shoes that I will use and love than $10 at McDonald's ten times. Both end up on this thread, but I see the running shoe cost and smile. Fast food, not so much.
So I think you should buy the books, treasure them...and record the cost on here so that later you can look back and make sure they are giving you pleasure in proportion to what you spent. Does that make sense?
Yes, this makes total sense. I just have to get over the guilt I feel spending money on myself. It's easy for me to spend a few hundred dollars buying a nice gift for DH, but I squirm whenever he spends money on me, let alone when I spend money on myself.
But, I did go to the book fair, and I got a first edition of "The English People" by George Orwell for $30 which made me smile. I love Orwell, and I didn't have a copy of this at all in my collection. And, I found two books illustrated by Ardizzone which my parents bought for DD for Christmas. So, it was a successful trip all round
Originally Posted by blake201
* Get all books from the library (I'm a crazed bookworm and our apartment is OVERFLOWING with over 1500 books in 850 square feet).
It sounds like you and I have similar weaknesses
I'm not, nor will I probably ever be, a reformed bookworm like Prudence, but I've been very successful in my efforts to utilize the public library to stem the inflow of books in the past year. I'm not about to start giving up any of the books I already have in my collection, but by trying the library first I've cut down on my purchases of paperbacks. Now I tend to only buy books that: I can't find in the library OR are new books by beloved authors that I want to own in hardcover OR are good (hardcover) used copies of books I want to own rather than just read.
Now, that still leaves quite a few books entering the house in a given year, but both the cost and space requirements of my book habit have been really reduced. I
my public library!
Groceries, gas, and $200
at the gardening centre on supplies.
and one more bag of clutter out the door!
Vaccinations for the dogs $200.
garden supplies (and that should be it!)
didn't pass up a sale on cloth diapers for the new LO. Granted, I needed some new cloth wipes, and they were on sale. But I did not need the on sale AIOs
groceries & gas
almost $20 on craft supplies for DD.
dog food and
dog bed for our arthritic dog. This wasn't budgeted, but the vet said we should get him a really soft bed as it would help with his joints. Pay day == $200 auto deposited into savings.
$9 lunch at Wendy's. My treat for doing the three our GTT, which - according to the lab today - I shouldn't have had to do at all, since for my one hour they gave me the 75g glucose drink, not the 50g glucose drink, which may have explained why my results were 7 points too high
$45 on clothes for DD from lands end overstocks AND $40 dinner out with DH. Sigh.
groceries and gently used snow jacket & pants for DD from MEC online swap
gas and two more bags of clutter out the door.
(kind of ... I did take DD to a toy shop so she could spend the $20 she'd been given as a gift - but that wasn't *our* money)
Total splurge on myself to the tune of $70 on books I wasn't able to get at the local library
groceries, gas, and some Christmas shopping done.
stocked up on craft supplies for DD at big 50% off sale at Michael's.
$30 at the book fair
and some more Christmas shopping done.
When I finally let my DH turn the heat on this weekend (yeah, so 8 degrees in the house is probably too cold) the furnace didn't work. We have a service contract, so the repair didn't cost us, but the repair guy gave us the bad news that the furnace probably should be replaced in two years. According to the oil company a new furnace will run us almost $5K plus another $1K to put in a new chimney liner. So, I've started a new savings account and will put $150/biweekly away to pay for this thrilling purchase. Sigh. I can think of so many other things I'd rather spend $6K on
13/15 no spend days
$350/$550 added to savings
4/5 bags of clutter gone
Only planned/budgeted spending
Unnecessary / unplanned spending