As you know, we have been trying to live a frugal lifestyle for the past 8 months. It has been hard, but we are now credit card debt free! And I don't intend to ever use credit cards again. Our next debt goal is paying off a home equity loan. Although I am excited to start our next adventure, I have been feeling a little burnt out on living frugal. I just wanted to go out to eat. And maybe buy a new shirt or two.
Since we decided to stay home for our vacation, John and I splurged a little. We drove to the ocean 4 times and to the lake 2 times, and spent a ton of money on gas for the van. We ate out 5 (!!!) times, and I didn't agonize over the cost. I went to Old Navy, and I bought the kids some new clothes for next summer. I am not going to lie, it felt good to spend money. Maybe a little too good.
I find it disturbing that I get so much joy from spending money. But I definitely feel happy when I am shopping. This week we are back to the daily grind - living frugally, eating at home, and limiting our out-of-town driving. I am kind of excited to get back to normal, because spending all of that money last week felt a little reckless.