Drew made a “big purchase” yesterday.
And I use the quotes because the more we talked about it, the more I realized “big” doesn’t mean the same to everyone.
For me, any one item over $200 is a big purchase. I spend $40 on jeans, maybe just as much on a sweater, if I really like it. I’ll spend more on shoes ($100+) if I know I’ll wear them a million times – like good winter boots. Flats or heels never exceed $60.
A new iPhone? I’ll plan to have it for at least 2.5 years. I’m fortunate in that I haven’t had to purchase a new computer since my sophomore year of college, because my work provides a new one every couple of years. But even the one purchased in 2008 is still going strong.
As much as I want a smartwatch, I can’t justify the cost.
BUT DON’T WORRY. I still manage to spend anywhere from $10-50 a week going out to eat. It makes zero sense.
I’ve been aware of this habit for years. And as often as I see those small purchases add up to a big one, I still haven’t managed to reconsider every one the same way I second-guess a nice new watch or purse.
2017 Resolution #43: *Spend less on small things for a chance to enjoy the big things.
Never has that been more relevant than right now, as we plan a trip to Europe. (I’ll talk more about that once an actual plan is in place.)
((Or sooner, depending on when I break from the stress of international airfare.))
For what it’s worth, his “big purchase” was actually a new car, so the quotes probably aren’t needed. I think cars, homes, boats and hoes are big for just about everyone.
Regardless, it’s another monthly bill. And bills are the worst, because no matter how well you think you’re doing with that so-called budget, the due dates always sneak up on ya.
So, if anyone has budgeting tips or money-saving habits worth sharing, I’d love to hear them.
Just don’t expect me to pay you. I had to borrow the dollar in this cover photo.
Title Credit: Destiny’s Child
*As I write this, I remember a similar resolution from Brandi. Girl gets it.