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November 6th, 2013 at 03:51 pm

Somewhere in me is a person who wants to have expensive things. You know the kind of life where you don't look at the price tag and buy the things that you want just because you want them. Coach bags and Uggs in different colors, and a new sweaters every year in the right color and fashion. That isn't me in reality, but somewhere in me she lurks.

My birthday is coming up later in the month. I regularly get monetary gifts from my biological father and grandmother and inlaws. This year I decided to spend the funds on a new purse - a Coach mini crossbody version in a wintery color similar to the one I've used every spring summer for the past three years (since my mom bought it on sale for my birthday in 2010). I've seen them on sale for $100. Yep, that was what I was going to do. (Note: My funds usually exceed $100, but I had this purse as my #1 Wanted Item)

Then my oil change this morning turned into a "you really need brakes and we can do it right now" ($20 up to $370 that included new windshield wipers, etc.) I started feeling sorry for myself that my birthday funds would need to go to buy new tires for DH's minivan. And I wouldn't be able to get my new winter purse. Pout pout (childish, yes. very childish).

I happened to have a 25% off a purchase at Goodwill because it is my birthday month coupon in my purse at the time. And Goodwill happened to be across from the Midas I was at.

I went in and I just happened to find a version of my favorite Vera Bradley bag in fall/winter colors (I do own one of those purchased at the Outlet store). It was $24.99. The pattern is a brown/turquoise sort of medallion pattern from a few years ago. It matches my daughter's lunchbox that she's used for the past three years. I've decided to break away from my normal black attire and try a brown scheme this season. And I really like it.

And my daughter saw it and said, "I love it, Mom. Just like my lunch bag. Maybe I can borrow it some time?" It had the seal of approval of a fashion-conscious teenager to boot!

I bought three winter casual shirts for DH, two really nice sweaters for myself (a J.Jill and Jones of New York in the brown/beige family), four books and the Vera Bradley bag for $42. (I saved $15 after the coupon savings).

I am so happy that I found my frugal self. Now it really doesn't matter much to me if I buy two tires for DH's with my birthday funds. Smile

8 Responses to “Confession”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    It's always hard to spend your fun money on unfun things. It's totally normal!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Happy birthday!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I want a new purse for my birthday this month, too. I was leaning towards a $20 one at Kohl's. I got a $10 coupon and a $5 coupon to Kohl's in the mail today. I don't think I can use both at the same time, but it will help reduce the cost. Glad you can get brakes and a new to you purse!!

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    That's a happy ending! Great news!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    You really scored at Goodwill!

  6. wisewoman Says:

    I can relate. I was feeling the same during my birthday month. I perused the Coach outlook website looking for "the" purse. In the end, I came to my senses and grabbed a fabulous Hobo Int'l purse from my closet. I got it from Goodwill a few years ago - new for a steal. I think my purse cravings come every winter and spring...wanting something new.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Nice! And an endorsement from CB!

  8. rachel021406 Says:

    If we are being honest...I am that person. I love Coach bags, and nice shoes, and other things. But, I don't buy them. I just can't do it, but maybe one day soon. For now, I try to go for the Target or TJ Maxx specials. Smile You scored some major finds at GW!

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