So over the past year or two we’ve bought two cars, renovated the kitchen, shared the expense for a new fence with our neighbor, and bought a new clothes washer. We’ve subsidized family vacations to not-so-fancy midwestern destinations and we’re going on an anniversary trip (to Portland!) next summer. I also bought an iPad pro and a Remarkable for quasi-work purposes (the iPad pro seems to be the winner so far for editing other people’s papers, and I’ve been good about not using it for goofing off).
Since October we’ve bought the aforementioned clothes washer, donated a TON of money to various educational causes (including $2K+ to DC2’s school, the + because they had a couple fundraisers that we donated to separately), sent money to various political causes, and I made DH buy an Apple watch because he works from home alone and it can detect falls and irregular heart-beats and notify people about them. (Really I started the campaign to have him buy one because I thought it could detect heart attacks, but it turns out it can’t. Still, the other health metrics seem more useful than nothing.)* DH is buying himself a 3D printer (he’s been avidly reading gasstationwithoutpumps among other sources in anticipation), though maybe that shouldn’t count since he’s been saving up his allowance for it for a long time. We also bought $200 worth of Scholastic books and a new tall bookcase to replace DC1’s short bookcase (hir old bookcase is going back into the hallway) for $500. And we paid the full property taxes in one fell swoop and I transferred 10K over to Vanguard taxable.
Really only the property taxes (and technically the Vanguard transfer before it) made a dent in our savings. This is because in October we both got a bunch of large delayed reimbursements (I think something like 9K (!) worth– did you know you can just rent an ultrasound for like $500/mo?), late summer salary, and my first paycheck on top of DH’s paychecks. So we were super flush with cash after having a somewhat careful September and then the bills for a lot of these won’t be due until after we get paid again.
I don’t really have a point to this post, but it’s been weighing on me and I had to tell someone, and who else to tell besides the grumpy nation? I am going crazy buying all the things, but a lot of this buying was also delayed spending. So it feels like a lot, but maybe it isn’t because other people would have renovated that kitchen a decade ago, bought a new clothes washer the first time it broke instead of repairing it multiple times, regularly gone on vacations, and have bought a watch to replace that 20 year old Casio calculator watch a long time ago instead of just replacing bands and batteries. (Me, I’m still rocking a 20 year old Timex that I love. I think you can get the same model new for under $40.) But let’s be completely honest, we’ve been spending a lot.
What I’m wondering is if after this spurt of buying things we’ve been putting off buying or thought would be nice to have if I’ll settle down again into not spending frivolously or if this is a new normal. I can’t really think of anything else I want… I mean we’ve kind of exhausted useful Apple products. Maybe my next big purchase will be a crown for when my third molar finishes cracking (dentist thinks no earlier than next year, but definitely in my future). Or maybe I’ll see something new I want and just get it in my best Ariana Grande style.
Will the obnoxious posts end? What money things will I blog about if they do? Do you delay purchases and then spend when you’re flush or do you spend more evenly?
*Update: it turns out our iphones are just a little bit too old for the newest Apple watch (we didn’t get the S version when we bought our phones). So DH has to decide if he wants to get a new phone or return this watch. And if he returns this watch, does he get an older model Apple watch or not. He probably won’t get an older model. My guess is we’ll either return or DH will finally upgrade phones (his is falling apart a bit and we have been thinking of passing it down to DC1 since DC1’s current dumb phone works only about half the time we need it to work, though that has its own concerns). There was another item in the initial draft of this post that got returned as well– I bought a pair of fancy European shoes off Zappo’s, but when I got them one of the two didn’t fit and had all sorts of stitching problems(!) so I sent them back and decided I really do have to go to a store to try on expensive shoes, but there are no such stores nearby so… I’m not sure what I’m going to do for my brown dress shoes need given my half boots are really worn down in the heel. DH is thinking an iPhone 8 (same size as his current 6) for $450 instead of an 11 for $700 or 11 Pro for $1000, so that’s almost frugal (not really).