Another birthday here, nothing significant about 24 except in a metric system, I suppose. And of course, today is not any different than any other: I am struggling with money!
Getting gift cards makes receiving gifts mildly easier to manage. TJ Maxx doesn’t really have things that we could really use (because let’s face it, if we needed it, we’d have gotten it by now) for the apartment, so I will use it for clothes for myself. They will likely be practical, functional for work and play, but I will enjoy them nonetheless. Amazon is a bit trickier, since there is so much STUFF there. I am having a hard time telling myself we don’t NEED a high-sided cat litter box, though it would be nice to have, since Fae likes to fling the litter everywhere. It’s gift money and so I should use it for something nice for me…right? There are some self-improvement kind of books I’ve been looking at (and some supplements), but even that seems wrong with a birthday gift card.
But checks. Checks are the worst. “Responsibly” I could put it towards a loan, or just hang onto it in case of an emergency. But I am not bankrupt, I am not completely out of dough, and I’m paying off my loans on-time, if not faster than I hoped to. I actually do have some savings at the moment. So is it so terrible if I spend this gift money? Not at all, but I am having a hard time convincing myself of that!
Things I’d like to buy, totally for fun, with my birthday money:
- minimalist shoes (yeah I’ve been looking at the weird VFFs, but there are some others that have caught my eye)
- a purty necklace
- a fun skirt I’ve been eyeing for years
- re-usable menstrual products (now that I’ve thoroughly grossed out some of my readers…)
- some original art-work
I’m sure I’ll ultimately end up posting whether or not I buy anything fun, and if so, what I get, but you’ll have to wait to find out.