Last night I was invited to a 'purse and jewelry party.' I typically HATE these types of parties because they do not fall into my 'frugal' mentality. However, I went to this party because I was looking for a somewhat specific Christmas gift for someone on my list. I am pleased to say I found a very suitable gift within my budget. I spent $38.16 (my budget for this person for Christmas was $40).
This is where things turn bad....
I found a necklace that I really liked. I seriously considered buying this for myself. But, with tax and shipping is would have been over $42 and I just could not justify spending that on costume jewelry, especially this time of year when expenses are high anyway. But boy oh boy did I want that necklace.
The host, who is a friend of mine, got some 'half off purchases' for throwing the party. She could not use them all, so she offered to let me use one for the necklace if I wanted. That meant I was paying half of the retail price plus tax, and no shipping. I couldn't pass that up. Can we say "unnecessary spending of money"? Still, I feel a lot better about spending $19.08 on myself than I do about spending $42+.