Did it start with my trip to New York, which took me out of my new-normal, carefully regulated frugal environment and reawakened all my old “just spend money” instincts? Or did it start when I lost some weight and realized very little fit me anymore and my “refresh my wardrobe” project had just stepped up in urgency? Or maybe when I had to drop $350 on a car repair earlier this month and suddenly my month of Super Saving was going to be a little less Super? Or maybe when I used birthday money and a bit of my tax return to buy some kickin’ boots?
I don’t know! But I can tell you that all of a sudden I just want stuff! Within the last week I’ve suppressed urges to buy a new frying pan, new pants, another pair of boots (!), a new pair of winter boots (I actually really need these next winter, but can tough it out for another month with the ones I have), and assorted food items. I’ve succumbed a couple times too: I bought a new skirt (that fits!) and some spices that I ordered online instead of paying for out of my cash draw. And I’m about to pay for a haircut and for the eyedrops I use (which are expensive.)
I’m not going to go completely around the bend here, but I need to wrestle this stuff back down again. I can make do with what I have, and it’s important to focus on saving this year, at least until I have my EF filled up. But something that I did recently opened some kind of mental floodgate and I have to get it shut! What do y’all do when the Urge to Spend comes over you?