what a problem, right? i figure its because my parents spent every cent they had. they are in so much debt, have done bankruptcy twice, live paycheck to paycheck, etc. i dont ever remember a time when we actually HAD money. and at the same time, we had tons of THINGS. it was very common to max out a credit card to buy a TV, computer (now lately for my brothers) PS3, stereos, hockey equipment... so now that i have my own family, i just have the hardest time buying anything that isnt an "essential." i always go to the market, buy exactly every ingredient for the weeks dinner meals, but i just cant seem to put a snack or a little something extra for me in the cart. i LOVE those Amy's frozen dinner things, esp for middle of the night snacks,but i personally have never bought it. i feel like that 5 or 6 bucks will break the bank. i mean, how irrational is that? my dh always brings them home for me. today i really wanted a zebra wallet since i have had my current wallet for YEARS. then i saw a childrens cd for my ds that i also really wanted. they were both fairly priced, but i just.could.not. buy both. naturally i bought the cd because my ds loves those songs, but now im stuck with my dirty old wallet! this seems silly, but it really is a problem. things that arent essential (toilet paper, food, basic clothes) arent being bought. things like curtains, extra pillow cases (we only have one for each pillow!) extra bibs, "nice" decorative things, etc. i really need help. i LOVE shopping, but i never come back with anything, except something really, really small. and on clearance.