Confessions of a Shopaholic…

by Marcy on January 9, 2008 · 0 comments

I have a confession to make. I like to spend money. Lots and lots of money. And when I had a job, I did exactly that. I remember the days of going to Ann Taylor Loft on my lunch hour and buying whatever I wanted…all because I was having a bad day. I could go on and on about how much money I wasted during those years on clothes, eating out etc…, but I’ll spare you. My point is, even though I am now committed to living a more frugal life, it is not in my nature to do so.

My first year as a stay at home mom was much more than adjusting to motherhood and to my new life as a “housewife”. It was about restraint – from buying whatever I wanted. It was about sacrifice (to a degree) and about trade offs. It was frustrating to go from not having to worry about bills to having to put thought into a monthly budget again. However, I never have to look far to remind myself of how blessed we really are. While we have had to tighten our belts, follow a budget, and look for ways to cut back, we still have a very nice life, full of many extras. We do not have to choose between paying our gas bill or buying groceries every month like some people do.

I have come a very long way in 13 months…but I still a lot of ground left to cover. I know that I will always have a love of nice things, but have also come to realize that my family and friends are much more important than any thing could ever be to me. In some ways, it took becoming a mom for me to truly realize that. That’s not to say that I am not tempted by the Pottery Barn Kids catalog when it comes in the mail, because I SO am, but being tempted and actually pulling out my credit card are two totally different things. (And sometimes I do still indulge on things from PBK – more on that later).

And so my journey continues. I am trying to reach the middle ground somewhere between “shopoholic” and “tightwad”. Tomorrow I am going to post some of the ways that we have been cutting back, without totally depriving ourselves, and I hope you’ll join me!

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