The other day I had some mommy errands to run. And I wanted to run them alone. So I dropped the rest of the family off at the mall. Daddy needed new shoes.
I went and did what I needed to do. I did it frugally. I called the boyfriend to see where he was. Everyone was at GameStop.
I walked into the store and saw him purchasing a video game. WHAT?! They were just there for shoes! I looked around and there were, indeed, shoes. There was also a basketball. In my crazily stingy mind he had gone on a shopping spree.
I asked him what had happened. Apparently the shoes were on sale. So was the basketball. And the video game. We had set a budget for the shoes, and when he came in under he went to spend the rest of the money. He didn’t go over budget.
My thought process when buying shoes: “I need to get some awesome shoes as cheap as I can. I can’t spend any more than $XX.XX.”
His thought process when buying shoes: “I have $XX.XX to spend on shoes. These are awesome and under budget. I wonder what else I can get with the rest of the money…”
I don’t think either one is truly right or wrong. We’re just different. And thank goodness we are. That basketball will get a lot of use. I’m excited to play. The video game I could care less about. But I know he’ll get a lot of playtime out of it. And it was
really cheap. If it weren’t for the way he looked at money, I’d miss out on a lot of the small, fun things life has to offer.
How do you handle this type of situation? Do you think like me? Like him? Or would your decision be completely different?
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