I’m starting to realize that before I had a baby, I was pretty much a tightwad. Since my baby’s been born, I’ve loosened up a little. For instance, I’ve purchased a few new outfits for her that didn’t come from a thrift store. I’ve purchased new cloth diapers that I didn’t really need just because I wanted to try them or they are cute (I can also re-sell them if I don’t like them, or when I’m done with them). We’ve used the dishwasher and dryer more times than I’d like. We probably aren’t saving quite as much money as we could (but we’re still saving).
I’m happy. Spending a little money on things that are important to me makes me happy. Hoarding my money doesn’t do me any good if I’m miserable. One of my 2012 financial goals was to find a nice balance, and I’m still working hard to achieve that. It’s a constant struggle for me, because most of the time I think I should live as cheaply as possible in order to save the most amount of money that I can.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming thinking about all the things we need to save for: unexpected expenses, retirement, the baby’s college, new vehicles, etc. I have to tell myself as long as we’re saving something, we’re doing okay. Life is about experiencing things and living life to its fullest. Having a baby really makes you have a new take on life, and I never imagined it would be this good.