1. Bahahaha this sounds like the kind of advice I need to remind myself of more often!

    I had a similar experience this weekend where I had the option to stay home or take a good friend out for a few drinks for his birthday with my boyfriend, and *luckily* I chose to go out. It was really great, our friend had a blast and I didn’t sit at home like a potato with only the dog to talk to, haha. Money well spent!

    • “Like a potato” made me smile when I read this yesterday and I’m hardcore smiling right now, too. The Dog is quite adorable, but I’m glad you ventured out!

  2. Yes–I have struggled with over-fighting the urge to spend. I think it’s part of my personality, not over-correcting for past mistakes in my case, though I can see how both could put us in the same place.

    The best money I’ve spent lately was going on a date with my husband last week. It wasn’t fancy but it was well worth the price of dinner out, to have a conversation without kids interrupting!

  3. We’ve been cutting back a lot, and now we’re getting to where we might need to spend a little on the grownups in the house. (Little Bit got all of the discretionary spending last month). I thought I’d done okay at arranging a date night for this coming Saturday by signing Bit up for a Parent’s Night Out at church, but I get to work that night instead.

  4. Yep, indulgences are good for the soul, so long as they’re not too frequent. Besides, then they feel more like indulgences.

    I’m glad you took a bit of a rest to actually enjoy yourself and not just run errands.

    • I think you’re right, Abigail. Part of it was just getting out and doing something where I felt good about myself. It was nice to take a little bit of a break from the hyperfocus on savings. And it only set us back $27 with a $4 tip. Haha!

  5. We needed a new front door (and a storm door) for years, and I put off replacing it because of the expense, which is not minor. But we finally had it done this winter and it is definitely the best money I’ve spent in a long time. No more drafts (which is saving us on heat), more light in the room with the storm door, and our entranceway looks great.

    • Sounds like a win for sure. This makes me so happy to hear…We can be door twins soon! We need a new front door as well. I always hated it because the previous owners painted over all the trim and everyone so it’s all one (ugly shade of) brown. Turns out, the door installation is why the basement wall drools on itself when it rains just right. That’s our next project when it gets warmer.

  6. Frank Facts

    I think this is like anything: moderation is key. Too much spending and you’ll almost certainly get spending fatigue. Too little and you’ll get saving fatigue. Balance is key! 🙂

  7. We are forcing ourselves to splurge on dinner for our anniversary. The only time we seem to go to a nice restaurant is when family visits.

    The best money we spent recently was on putting wood floors in on our second level. We saved and planned for years. We put it off because of the inconvenience factor: the mess, taking time off work, having strangers working in our home all day, the noise, and worrying about Groovy Cat. But they came out beautifully.

    • So happy to hear about your floors, Mrs. Groovy. And hooray for anniversary dinner celebrations! I sense a blog post, perhaps?! 🙂 As for us, date night wasn’t at a nice place by any stretch, but it was quite nice.

  8. Yay, glad you got out and had a nice time before your break was over. I think the benefits of only going out once in a while are actually twofold: 1) you save money from all the times you *didn’t* go out, and 2) it seems that much more special when you do go out. $30 sounds like a small price to pay. 🙂

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