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to spend or not to spend?

March 26th, 2009 at 08:07 am

Today I spent $12.05 on a present for my little sister for when she leaves (now leaving on Saturday). I bought her a little journal to write in, a notepad of yellow pretty paper, some envelopes, pens and stamps.
I also spent $2 on the staff lotto and 50c on a can of Coke at work, and $3 on a drink when a friend came over to look at our house and then we walked to the shops.

DF and I have decided that we might just spend our stimulus money. It's what it's for right? I am undecided still - but there are a few things that I would like to buy, but have been putting them off. If we can just agree to spend it, guilt free, and then move on into frugal-country, it might be sort of like a type of bachelor party for us, in terms of no longer spending freely. (One last night on the town before being locked up, right? In financial terms...)

Some things I have in mind:
- a punching bag (DF and I would go halves) (approx $100 each)
- new work shoes ($30 )
- new running shoes, properly fitted. ($100)
- cloooothes... Big Grin (???)
- a slow cooker $40
- some dvd's (approx $60)
- a romantic dinner out at a place i have been meaning to go to for about a year. ($80)
- some planter boxes & gardening stuff to start a small assortment of lettuce/tomato plants. (???)

anyway. we'll see how it goes. we'll be getting $900 each.

we currently have around $9000 in the bank. Once April hits I am going to begin tracking 'our' spending. Oh, it's going to take some getting used to, I can tell that right now!

4 Responses to “to spend or not to spend?”

  1. Analise Says:

    You can spend and save. Why not save ~25-50% and then spend the rest on the things you've mentioned?

  2. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Agree with Analise.... save some and spend some !

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Some of what you propose I can see very good reason to call "investment,"--things that will enable improvements or maintenance to your health and ability to bring in income, things that will feed you. BTW, is it warm enough there to grow tomatoes now, or is that a plan for next spring?

  4. whitestripe Says:

    it's actually getting colder now - it's nearly autumn. i forgot about that. i will have to look up what grows in the cooler months.

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