I received some money for Christmas and my birthday this year. Not hundreds and hundreds but enough that I don’t just want to blow it on groceries.
However… now that I’m a grown-up (!!!) it occurs to me that I probably need to make
boring sensible decisions when it comes to my spending.
Naturally there’s stuff I want! Since finishing full-time work I’m on a pretty strict budget, which means minimal frivolities. So unexpected income immediately tempts me to get something I can’t usually afford: a facial or a massage; something new and exciting for my apartment walls; a new quilt (given my old one is on the sofa!); a fabulous mat for my lounge room floor; a very overdue new mattress for my bed; or even some personal training sessions.
However… the grown-up me reminds myself I have a shitload of other priorities: ie. stuff I ‘need’ rather than ‘want’.
My spa bath stopped working a month or two ago; my oven started playing up just before I went away at Christmas; the full-flush on my ensuite toilet no longer works; and I’ve now dropped my iPhone twice and the previously cracked screen is so shattered bits of glass are falling out of it. Oh and then there’s my TV which now only operates through my TiVo and ‘apparently’ I should get a specialist out to see if they can do something.
It seems I also need four (4) new tyres for my car. When it was serviced (several months overdue!) I was advised I’d need new tyres…. ‘soon’. I’m taking that to mean ‘not urgently’. 😉
And then there’s the dentist. And the usual bills. #eek
Naturally I’d much prefer to blow the money on something fun and exciting. I mean, HELLO?! Sadly however I realise I need to be a grown-up and separate my ‘wants’ from my ‘needs’. And then my ‘needs’ from the ‘things-I-need-desperately’ and put the money towards those. My new mattress, pretty things for my apartment and pampering treatments can wait. Alas.
As for the other stuff, I’m prioritising. Well, I’m procrastinating… but then I’ll prioritise. I swear!
Do you hate being an adult and having to make sensible grown-up decisions?
Which would you prioritise? Would you keep ‘some’ aside for a treat? *She asks hopefully*
PS. I should mention my bro and SIL gave me a JB HiFi voucher for bday/xmas. I SHOULD have bought another hard drive for backups but I blew it on DVDs… my first in 2yrs! Tres excitement!
PPS. This post is also filed under the tag of…. #firstworldproblems!