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Friday, September 19, 2008

It's OK to Keep Some

As I've tried to find the line between keeping a modest stockpile and hoarding (see Stockpiling vs. Hoarding post), I've found myself feeling guilty about keeping certain items that I consider luxuries.

Sometimes I'll have coupons and deals that allow me to buy something that I normally wouldn't buy for myself. It's usually something that's more expensive than the brands I purchase for my own use, or it's a pampering item. For example, I would NEVER purchase $8 facial scrub for myself, especially when the Wal-Mart brand is only $2.50. That seems to be an indulgence.

But what if I bought it with coupons/deals that made it free or almost-free? I'm so used to living a frugal lifestyle and cutting back on indulgences that I almost feel guilty keeping more expensive items. So they usually end up in my donation box.

Last night I realized that I don't have to give EVERYTHING away. Keeping a few items for myself and donating a few items maintains a good balance. I can indulge myself a little (at little or no cost) and offer some pampering and personal care items to those who have less than I do.

There's nothing wrong with pampering myself a little along the way. And now I can do it with the right attitude.... Sharing with those who need it and taking care of myself too.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to read your latest post that you've come to the acknowledgement, realization and acceptance that it is okay to pamper yourself and take care of yourself. I think that the last thing we do as mother's is look after ourselves, when it should be the first thing we do. We spend so much time giving of ourselves, our time, our energy, etc that it leaves very little to give to ourselves - and if a good facial cleanser makes you feel that much better, then do it! Especially if you got it for nearly free!

I have to say, my facial cleansers is probably the one and only area I actually spend "real" money on. I won't give you the details on how much I actually spend, it's a bit obscene, but I find I use the "pea-sized" amount they actually recommend and a bottle of cleanser lasts me 12 months, if not more. So split over the year it's only a matter of a few bucks a month. Balance that out with the deodorant I get for 50 cents...