Since I have been married, I have been realizing so many things about myself. They are not necessarily new things, but they are things that I notice about myself more now that I am financially independent with my husband, rather than dependent on my parents. I think it comes from the fact that I now live off of my husbands income, whereas, when I lived at my parent's house, the money I made was spent on fun things because that was all I ever had to buy. My parents fed me and housed me, but now that's all up to me and Ian. And I see the numbers. And where they go. And I just can't stand when I see "43% of total spending is at retail stores" on our Wells Fargo pie chart of total spending. Regardless, many spending habits have been changed and I am much more conscious of what kinds of things I will spend money on and what things I refuse to spend money on.
i refuse to pay for a manicure.
I desperately need my cuticles cut and nails buffed, not to mention the hand massage... but the fact that the nail polish will chip off in two days isn't worth $25+ to me when I could just paint my own nails for free. I will get pedicures though, because they literally last a few months.
i refuse to purchase a greeting card.
Ian always asks me to go get a gift for so-and-so along with a card and I can never bring myself to buying a card for someone's special occasion. I don't know if it's the cheesy sayings or the fact that it's just a piece of card stock folded in half being sold for $2.50, but I just. can't. do. it.
i refuse to buy [most] artwork.
Even if it's an inexpensive painting from Ikea, I just can't do it. I think it's because even if I do find something I like, I'd always like it better if _________. So most of the time I just go home an paint my own representation of the thing.
I also refuse to rent from Blockbuster when I can rent from Red Box.
I hope I didn't offend anyone that gets manicures (we should all know by now that I am like #1 advocate for painting nails), buys greeting cards, or gets a high off of a beautiful piece of art. I have just been by where other people like to spend their money and noticing where I like to spend mine!
I would spend thousands on a vacation, house, or a beautiful piece of furniture.
What do like to spend your money on? What do you refuse to spend money on?
all images via weheartit.com: manicure, birthday card, painting.