It’s Okay to Spend Money Sometimes

Posted by Mrs Money on October 26th, 2009

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Sometimes I go from one extreme to another when it comes to money. I worry about us spending too much, and then sometimes I worry we’re not enjoying life enough because we’re being too thrifty. I don’t want to be cheap.

This weekend I spent the day with my friend.  We did a lot of things that didn’t cost money (attended a craft show, a free knitting class, and came back to my house to knit), but we also did spend a little money.  We bought yarn, had amazing chai tea, and went out to dinner.  And you know what?  I enjoyed every second of it, and it was worth every penny we spent.

Sometimes after we spend money I get nervous.  I feel like I shouldn’t have done that.  It’s ridiculous sometimes, and I worry even after we buy groceries! On the other hand, I don’t have a problem with us spending $20 on dinner out. It’s the $100 or so on groceries that makes me nervous, even though that food will make enough meals to last us over a week.  I don’t understand my logic either.

I’m going to do myself a favor. I’m going to relax a little and loosen the reins on our spending.  I’m not going to go crazy and buy anything that we don’t need, but I’m not going to fret over every penny we spend.  If I want a $4 chai tea once a month, I’m going to get it and enjoy it. Everything in moderation.

Do you beat yourself up about spending money sometimes?

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2 Responses to “It’s Okay to Spend Money Sometimes”


  1. Yes, I do feel nervous and guilty about spending money if the item wasn’t an absolute necessity. But then again, we have credit card debt we are trying to get rid of, and I feel like we should not spend any money on any thing extra, that we should scrimp and go without and throw any little bit extra at the debt.

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  2. Miss M says:

    All the time! I always start thinking about how long it will take me to earn that money back, how that money could have been invested to grow rather than blown todat, etc etc. But sometimes you have to live a little, we still save a big portion of our income even when the spending goes a little overboard.

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