As a girl, I think it just comes naturally to want, want, want. Often, we get confused with the difference between want and need.
I need those shoes. I need a new dress for my party this weekend. I need this new handbag.
You get the picture. Chances are, you actually don’t need them. You want them. Numerous times I have said that I needed a new dress for a certain occasion when I have a ton of perfectly fine dresses hanging in my closet.
All of this want, want, want mentality certainly puts a damper on our family budget. My only response to that is….oops? 🙂
With that in mind, I implemented a little something that I learned from my Mom while growing up. Each year my mom would save her change from her purchases. For instance if her bill was $9.52 instead of giving exact change she would just give a $10 and put the change aside. From that she would purchase my prom dresses. You would be SO surprised at how quickly your change can add up. (And Mom….if you are reading this…I still want that black prom dress you didn’t let me get because you said I looked like a lounge singer.)
Sometimes I can justify certain purchases to my husband, but honestly, trying to justify to my husband why I needed a $900 Louis Vuitton was pretty much impossible.
“But honey its a Louis Vuitton!”
“Don’t you know how good the quality is?”
“I won’t buy another purse ever again.”
Well at least I tried, but I knew that I couldn’t justify it from the moment I opened my mouth. A purchase like that is definitely not something that I could just one day decide to buy and charge on the credit card.
But seriously….how gorgeous is this bag???
I knew there was only one thing to do if I wanted it….start saving! So that I did. All of my change. And you know what? When I purchased it, I was not only excited because I now owned my dream bag, but I had actually saved for it and earned it! It wasn’t anything that put a damper on our budget or added more money to our credit card payments, or took money out of each paycheck. Because of that, I don’t feel guilty when I carry it!
So now, if I ever see anything that is somewhat of a big ticket item that I KNOW my husband won’t go for, I know to start saving my change for it!!
Moral of the story: don’t spend your change! Use a bucket, a vase, a Tupperware container…anything you want and start filling. Before you know it, you will be filling your very own Louis!!
Linking up today with Molly today! Happy Monday!