I’m not sure I’ve told you this before… it’s something I’d kind of like to forget.
I’m a recovering spend-a-holic.
I worked retail for (too) many years (but oh, how I loved it). I got into a very bad habit of buying… a lot. It didn’t really matter what. I just bought. Because I had very few expenses, I spent nearly every dime I had on ‘stuff.’
Ryan steered me away (willingly) from a future of credit card payments and closets full of clothes. Thank goodness he did. I am so much happier and more fulfilled when I don’t go shopping for fun and spend more money than I should. And I can actually save money now, easily. Who’d have thunk?
But, I may have relapsed last weekend… because I haven’t felt this good about ‘things’ for a long time.
It started when I spotted this lamp.
I’d been toying with the idea of bedside lamps. You know, I thought it may be time to bring another lamp into the house – we only have two right now in the entire place. Shameful.
And, when I spotted this one at Marshall’s – for $19.99 – I nearly died. Died … and then threw the lamp into the cart and ran to the checkout.
Unfortunately, there was only one lamp. But, you’d better bet I’ll be watching Marshall’s like a hawk for #2, or at least something similar. I’m obsessed with this lamp.
Then, I walk into Tuesday Morning and I see these sheets.
They are a really pretty and modern chocolate brown and white pattern. I love them. I’m moderately obsessed with them.
I’d been scouting for sheets to replace our old fitted one that was having a hard time staying on the bed. Now, making the bed has never been so easy. Or pretty.
I honestly did squeal when I found these. The only ones on the shelf. In king size.
Hello, lucky day. I’m Kim and I love you.
So that’s why I had a great day.
But, you know what else is great? That now I can buy things now that fit into my budget. That I don’t have to be stressed about bringing home something I love. A lamp for $19.99? Fits in the budget. An inexpensive set of sheets? Fits in the budget.
So, perhaps I can sometimes relapse into the material girl I used to be and enjoy the beautiful things in life. Without compromising other things, like peace of mind.
What about you? Are you a material girl or guy?