Yesterday I had such a good day. One of my co-workers asked if I wanted to go shopping with her and even though I don't normally like to shop, I said yes. We ended up going to the Half of the Half Price Store. It's a huge warehouse like store where they sell name brand clothes marked way down. Some of the clothes have stains or holes, but most are perfectly fine. I ended up getting 2 pairs of pants and 6 tops for $50. It's been almost a year since I have bought clothes for myself and I was really in need of some different work clothes.
For the last year I have only been spending money on things I need. It's been a huge adjustment going from a two income household to just one. Most people have a financial safety net, but really I only have me to depend on. It really makes me watch my money.
But I also think there needs to be some balance and you need to allow yourself some flexibility when it comes to money. This has been really hard for me and I have noticed that I am not allowing myself to also have a little bit of fun.
I am very thankful that this co-worker helped me see that it's OK to spend some money on myself and more importantly to have a little bit of fun.