But we don't fight about the lack of money, and not because there IS no lack - it's just that that stress seems to bring us together. When there is less - we spend less, simple as that. I actually get downright creative when there is little $ to go around and I try new recipes - re-arrange furniture - clean like a demon... It's good for us, little as I like to admit.
When there is more... well, let's just say that we have a few issues...
I see his parents - one is a saver, one is a frugal spender... great pair. I see my parents - one is a non-frugal spender, one is a hoarder... they've made it work. I see us... one frugal spender, one non-frugal spender... yikes!
The real problem comes when he buys something he wants... because regardless of the price of said item - I immediately think that I then deserve something equal to it... I of course NEVER spend equal to it (usually far less) but I do want to treat myself!
He downloads an album off of iTunes? I use a 50% off coupon at the scrapbook store.
He buys a new pair of pants for work? I get a shirt I was eyeing...
He restrings his tennis rackets? I get my hair cut.
He buys a brand new mountain bike that costs more than my first car? I use it as the excuse for EVERY purchase in the past 12 years that I couldn't justify any other way.
Hey, I didn't say it was healthy, I'm just admitting that my brain works this way! Don't worry, I'm working on it... I grounded myself from the scrapbook store 2 months ago... heaven (and anyone who's ever seen this) KNOWS I don't need anymore!
T at You Asked For It.
FYI - I'm out of town, so it's not that I'm ignoring your witty responses... I'm just probably computer-less for the day... I've hooked up the man's blackberry (I have a cheapie phone) to be able to scan though... so I'll try to drop by :)