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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post

 

I do that too! Sometimes if I'm coming home from an appointment or something, and it's not dinner time, and no one is waiting for me to help with anything, I'll take the long way home and drive through the gorgeous sun-dappled canyon, with my music on the stereo, singing my lungs out. It's as nice as a bubble bath for my mental health

OMG i do that too. I have been able to wipe out the guilt over it. its almost like a meditation for me. to see all the trees and clouds and beauty around me has me turn my radio off and drive bawling my lungs out. 

 

i feel sooooooooo much better when i come home. 

 

out of all the treats sometimes i award myself, this is my favourite. and now my dd enjoys it too and we do it once in a while. 

post #22 of 35

A new Undercover mama tank (doesn't really count I guess)

Starbucks twice a week or so

a pedicure every few months

going out to lunch occasionally

post #23 of 35
Maybe I shouldn't be answering this or maybe I'm the only one brave enough to be admitting it...?
For years and years we were poor. I sold my car (my most loved possession) to stay home with the kids. I wore the same clothes for a decade and can absolutely relate that I never bought myself anything. I wore sneakers that the sole was separated from the shoe for heavens sake. I still find it hard to get things for me. Well 3 years ago my DH got a huge raise and he pushed me into the Coach store. I thought who in there right mind is going to buy a bag for hundreds of dollars!?! My $12 bag from TJ Maxx had lasted me 7 years! Well I got one and loved it. I felt like a princess. I saw a watch I loved. Turned out to be diamonds and not crystals. My husband made me buy that too. I wear it everyday and feel SO SPECIAL. I've since splurged A LOT on handbags. It makes me so happy and feel so good. My true love is cars. I would love to buy my Mercedes but its $120,000. I may never get one, but at least I can have a fancy handbag. I still wear $7 t-shirts from Target and $20 flip-flops that are 3 years old.

We all have our one special thing that just makes us feel great. Mine just happens to be handbags. (Really cars) Though with a new baby on the way and my husband looking to leave his horrible job and expecting a huge paycut I have not bought anything since Christmas, not even for my birthday and it is horrible.
post #24 of 35

I bought some fancy soaps yesterday that were in really pretty boxes...just made me feel good.  Otherwise, I treat myself to coffee if I go out shopping  :)

post #25 of 35

I bought two pairs of *new* jeans (as opposed to thrift store) a few weeks ago when my only halfway decent pair started to develop a hole in an inappropriate place.

 

A Lindt chocolate bar about once a week.

 

Some sort of coffee drink outside the house once or twice a week.

 

About $5 a month for the coffee pool at work.

post #26 of 35

A chicken ceaser salad from the coffee shop/deli next door to my place of work. I never do that. Can't bring myself to pay $8 for some lettuce and a few strips of chicken. But I'm pregnant again and was really hungry. I did it for my baby.

post #27 of 35

-weekly community yoga classes (while DH handles bath and bedtime)

-running gear (shoes every 400 miles or so) and entry fees for races occasionally

-occasional coffee drink 

-clothing about once or twice per year

-lunches or dinners out with friends or DH, about once every two months or so

 

That's it!  The rest of my spending is on the household (food, diapers/clothing/etc for DS, pharmacy-type expenditures, etc.).

post #28 of 35

I don't think I've bought anything for myself in the past month... I picked up a 63 cent felt cut out (a clearance Easter placemat) because I thought it might make a nice texture pressed into clay. I buy myself clothes from the thrift store when I see something that fills a need. All my clothes are pretty beat so this is usually just replacing stained, holey, or ill fitting t-shirts. I bought a roll of patterned contact paper ($6) but that was to soup up some stuff for a yard sale (I recovered the cardboard backing board on some particle board shelves.)

 

Before Christmas, I bought myself a new blanket ($25) because it had been bothering me for months how our blanket clashed with the color of our bedroom walls. We don't have a bedspread so the blanket is what you see. And last spring, I bought myself a set of vintage drinking glasses ($12) with pretty orange flowers on them from the thrift store. Over the summer, I bought an antique headboard ($20) for a bed size I don't own. It is just a style I really like and I thought I could repurpose it somehow. Spoon carved from about 1890. I need to finish stripping the paint from it. Those were my major purchases for me in the past year!

post #29 of 35
I always buy things for myself. I think it's important. love.gif They're usually small things like flowers, special soaps, coffees.
post #30 of 35

Oh boy, this is difficult...  I have fairly anti-consumerist tendencies so I don't buy much of anything that isn't an essential.  However I do consider a good bar of dark chocolate an absolute essential every now and then so I guess that's mainly where I spend money on myself.  Trying to think of something else I have bought for myself which wasn't really for the household in general... a nursing bra?  new juice jug and glasses?  Saving up for a washing machine...  Gee, there is really nothing I buy that isn't for the kitchen, house or family!  I need to treat myself to a little something!  ...But then I remember that we really need to save money for flights to go and see my family and friends after the baby comes and that's going to be one expensive trip!  Guess it's too important for me to have the money to do big things like visiting loved ones, and that's why I just can't justify buying little things for myself.  But if I did have a little more cash I'd probably indulge on a regular massage!  namaste.gif

post #31 of 35
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Originally Posted by FLmomof1/1ontheway View Post

Maybe I shouldn't be answering this or maybe I'm the only one brave enough to be admitting it...?
For years and years we were poor. I sold my car (my most loved possession) to stay home with the kids. I wore the same clothes for a decade and can absolutely relate that I never bought myself anything. I wore sneakers that the sole was separated from the shoe for heavens sake. I still find it hard to get things for me. Well 3 years ago my DH got a huge raise and he pushed me into the Coach store. I thought who in there right mind is going to buy a bag for hundreds of dollars!?! My $12 bag from TJ Maxx had lasted me 7 years! Well I got one and loved it. I felt like a princess. I saw a watch I loved. Turned out to be diamonds and not crystals. My husband made me buy that too. I wear it everyday and feel SO SPECIAL. I've since splurged A LOT on handbags. It makes me so happy and feel so good. My true love is cars. I would love to buy my Mercedes but its $120,000. I may never get one, but at least I can have a fancy handbag. I still wear $7 t-shirts from Target and $20 flip-flops that are 3 years old.

We all have our one special thing that just makes us feel great. Mine just happens to be handbags. (Really cars) Though with a new baby on the way and my husband looking to leave his horrible job and expecting a huge paycut I have not bought anything since Christmas, not even for my birthday and it is horrible.

I'm exactly the same.  $400 handbags (from back when we had money) and $4 flip flops.  I don't care about shoes, but I LOVE my bags.  I'd try to save them in a fire.  I've been thinking about selling some for extra money and it makes me sad.  I love my bags more than any other item I own.

post #32 of 35
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I don't buy a lot of shoes, but when I buy shoes I buy nice ones. But I'm tomboyish so they're running shoes and that kind of thing mostly. I don't care in the slightest about purses. smile.gif

But I do like to buy shoes and sandals. I just haven't had to buy any lately.

Hmm I thought I'd update with some new purchase but the only stuff I've bought has been for the kids. Except for, again, e-books. I buy plenty of those.
post #33 of 35

Books/ebooks

Chocolate

Puzzle books

 

When the kids are bigger and/or we're out of this place, with its tiny little kitchen and crappy storage, I'll buy candlemaking supplies again. I haven't made any candles in years.

 

I buy myself clothes occasionally, but only because I need to. I'm not interested in fashion and clothes shopping bores me senseless. I especially hate trying stuff on.

 

Oh - earrings. I don't buy them often, but don't resist the urge when I see a pair I really like. I'm getting back into them, now that they last more than 10 minutes.  (A few months ago, I found the small tree/bush in front of our kitchen window was decorated with earrings - and a few necklaces and bracelets - that I hadn't been able to find for months. Apparently, dd2 had dumped the basket of them out my bedroom window. DD1 found the basket and brought it inside, but used all the jewelry to decorate her "fort". I hadn't seen my stuff through the leaves. Fortunately, I like cheap costume jewelry, so there were no expensive diamonds or anything.)

 

I may splurge on a massage or pedicure (I've never had one, and even my crunchy friends tell me I must) sometime in the near future - haven't decided.

 

I honestly don't want a lot, though. I'm not interested in clothes. I don't wear makeup. I don't get haircuts. I have lots of music. So...yeah.

 

 

Oh - should probably count my choir fees. They're my biggest yearly expense, and I definitely do that just for me.

post #34 of 35
New bras - I'm pregnant and went up two cup sizes, so my old ones hurt!
post #35 of 35
This is a really interesting thread. Before kids I used to indulge myself quite a bit. Always new clothes, good quality shoes, makeup, hair highlighted, etc. Fast forward 10 years..almost my entire wardrobe is thrifted, i cut my own hair, rarely wear makeup, etc. The funny thing is that I don't care about any of that, I am so much happier now. Since i quit my job we have had to scale way back. Now, the types of things I buy for myself are mostly food treats (coffee drink, chocolate, etc) or a nice body oil or lotion like Weleda. Occasionally some yarn or fabric for creative pursuits. I really could use some new unmentionables because, as others have mentioned, sizes change after pregnancy and nursing and those are things I do insist on buying new. smile.gif
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