I can be really random when it comes to spending my money. I generally think of myself and have been described as cheap when it comes to many things, but definitely not with respect to all things. But, I would argue that I do try to be smart about how I spend my money.
I try not to spend too much money at the bar: I always ask about cheap drinks and generally stick to them. It definitely helps that the requirement for me enjoying a boozy beverage is a reasonable proof content! I typically make my own coffee or “other” drink from free stuff at work, luckily it’s good stuff- sorry ‘bucks, hands off my dough! I’ll even go one step further and “brown bag it” just like good ol’ mom use to do for me… though these days, protein bars play a bit of a stronger role in my diet than when I was 12. Buying lunch every day really adds up. Hell, I don’t even own a car! I’m a bus boy through and through or hoof it in my diesels and walk whenever possible. I will also put off buying things, simply because I “don’t want to spend the money.”
I guess I try to save my money on the “little things” so I can justify spending money on the things that I really want. I like clothes… a lot. And, I like to try to and dress well. I definitely have a thing for sunglasses, shoes and accessories. “Tiny and priced” owns a special place in my heart ;)
Once upon a time, there was a pea coat that I really wanted but was in the $$$ range; I told myself that I wouldn’t buy it unless it went on sale past a certain price. Eventually the coat did go down in price, but it was still 100 bucks more than I told myself I was willing to dole out. I stuck to my guns and didn’t buy the coat… … so instead I bought a pair of 100 dollar shorts as I felt the needed to buy something, and to be fair, I did quite like them. My BF brought up the fact that I just spent 100 dollars on shorts that I really didn’t need and I could just have easily have put that money towards the coat… which I really wanted… It seems that logic often escapes me.
It has been mentioned once or twice that I have a thing for Louis Vuitton. For some reason, I want vintage luggage that I’m not even willing to use for travel. How does that make any sense? But, I’m willing to spend the money on it [Editor's Note: A LOT of money on it!].
Sometimes, while on vacation, my money logic seems to disappear all together. The best example has been Vegas. I spent more money on things and at the bar than I would never consider doing anywhere else. I’ve heard that “it’s what people do in Vegas,” and that it’s definitely more likely to occur when others around you are spending money that way as well. A mass bout of temporary economic insanity if you will.
There’s also times when I spend really randomly. One day, in a vintage store, I bought a leather gun holster with the idea that I would use it as a cell phone holder as I hate having things in my pockets (pause for laughter). This idea came to me when I saw it, obviously not a moment before. I only used it once though, as I somehow convinced myself there was danger in using it: that maybe one day I would reach for my cell phone from the holster and a cop would think I was going for my gun and shoot me. I’m a little crazy, yes.
I know people spend money in different ways and have different priorities. Maybe I need therapy, or maybe I should just listen more to the guy in white, on-sale cotton-poly blend, sitting on my shoulder… and not the little devil in prada ;) It’s hard being grown up and in charge of your own money!
Do others have random spending habits? Or am I alone here?