June 20, 2020

Money I Spent: $40 on some cowboy boots for kiddo’s horseback riding lessons. Also one day this week, I bought myself a skirt on Amazon because the advertising just got to me in a weak moment. lol. I don’t remember which day, but I think it was around $40 as well. It’s a super loose boho style skirt in olive green and I’m very excited about it! Kiddo and I were talking the other day about how, if you go to a store to buy something, it’s kind of stressful because your search is limited to the time in the store, which is limited to say an hour or so just because who wants to be in a store longer than that. You are looking for the right thing in that store, like a hunt. If you find it, you take it and pay for it (good feeling #1). Now you own it, so it’s over. If you don’t find it, it feels like a failure. But if you shop online, you peruse at your leisure, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, until you find what you want! Then that moment feels good. You find THE ONE and put it in your shopping cart (good feeling #1). Then a day or two later, you actually purchase your shopping cart (good feeling #2). Then maybe 3-4 days later, or two weeks later, or whatever, your thing arrives at your home (good feeling #3). So we determined that this is why online shopping is so much more satisfying than shopping in a store!

Money I Avoided Spending: Kiddo found her boots used on eBay. New boots would have been a lot more! I also wanted to buy a pair of pants for myself similar to the skirt I liked, but then saw the reviews were not good (turned out the pants were from a different brand), so deleted them from the cart.

Money I Made or Found or Saved: eBay – sold a shirt for $10 and another shirt for $12.

Use-it-Up Challenge: n/a

Thoughts: I figure kiddo’s activities are costing me a small fortune this summer, between musical instruments, volleyball private lessons, and now riding lessons. It’s just very hard to say no to these things, when she’s still unable to hang out with her friends and live her normal life. OH WELL, I will deal with the expense! It’s a conscious decision, anyway, and not just a bunch of random “stuff.” The random “stuff” (t-shirts, bracelets, etc.) has to either come from her pocket or from someone else. I’m just glad I’m still gainfully employed and able to afford all these things. I had hoped to really beef up my savings account during this time, which I haven’t really done and need to do better about.

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