Personal finance is about spending. There. I said it. Of course, saving and investing matter. But so does spending. It’s all about making money work to meet our needs, fulfill our wants, and achieve our dreams.
While I could drum up a really romantic notion for this post about how the best money I’ve spent recently is the charitable giving that we do or even a thoughtful birthday present I purchased for my mother-in-law, I’m going to be a little bit more real and a lot more selfish. To help me become more comfortable spending some of my hard-earned dollars, I thought I’d take a closer look at what I bought this month that brought me joy.
$12 – Liquid Sunshine
Last weekend, my husband and I headed into the city to check out a new whiskey bar for a friend’s birthday. I had steeled myself for Chicago prices, so I bellied up to the bar knowing that the evening would cost us a pretty penny. In all truthfulness, I thought of a begging off so as not to spend the money, but then I remembered what a colossal slump I created one month when we decided to forgo going out. Plus, I didn’t want to be a crappy friend. What I didn’t expect at this bar, though, was to find one of the most inventive and refreshing cocktails that I’ve ever consumed. It was a blend of cucumber vodka, lemon soda, Cocchi Americano, lavender honey, and some other ingredients that escape my memory. The drink was garnished with rosemary, giving it a sweet and savory fizz. It didn’t hurt that the bar was lovely and the company was even better.
$1.39 – Two chocolate bars
At the start of the month, I worked a fifteen hour day. In between an after-school event and an evening event, I dashed out to Walgreens to scoop up some Reese’s and a Caramello bar. One of my coworkers was having the day of all days with technology, and I wanted to surprise Mr. P with a little treat with this lunch the next day. Now, I know I said I wasn’t going to make this post about spending on other people, so let’s just keep it real. I gave my coworker his candy bar, and I did the same for Mr. P. Thankfully, my husband’s willpower is similar to my own. He promptly devoured the chocolate and even shared a few squares with me.
$11.20 – Round-trip ticket to Vegas
I browse the Southwest website like it’s my job. (Seriously, guys, hire me. I could make your brand so cool. Wink.) A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an $88 flight to Vegas that just so happened to coincide with winter break. But I couldn’t quite pull the trigger. It’s almost like I didn’t learn my lesson the last time I ended up with a wicked case of saver’s remorse. The next day, the airfare tripped. I deleted my cookies, I used incognito mode, and I even tried accessing it from a different computer. Fine, I tried three other devices and my cell phone. No dice. Airfare was back to $234. I had just about given up hope until this past Friday. When the prices dipped again, I cashed in my points and gladly paid the government my almost $12 in fees and taxes. While I suppose this shouldn’t bring me happiness because the trip hasn’t happened yet, I assure you it does. There’s nothing quite like having a vacation to look forward to, amirite?
On one hand, I could look back at this month’s expenses and see someone who frittered away her money on booze, chocolate, and a trip to the land of booze and chocolate*. And I suppose that’s true. But if you look a little harder, you’ll also see that this spending all revolved around experiences and others. And if you mean to tell me that my priorities are my friends, my family, and traveling, then I absolutely agree.
*In my next life when I start a Las Vegas blog, I will tell you all the best spots to score sweets on the Strip.
So Tell Me…What was your best spending this month? As a side note, I’d love to turn this into a monthly series. If you’d be down to guest post whether you’re a blogger or not, let me know in the comments.