Friday, May 09, 2008

Necessities

Lately, Eric and I have been getting into Dave Ramsey’s financial makeover. You all may have heard Dave Ramsey on the radio – we listen to him on XM – talk about getting your finances into shape, staying out of debt, and only purchasing necessities.

I try to remember what we did with all of our money before we had kids. Seriously. What the hell? We could have paid off so many things back then. Dude! If you have kids, you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, this led us into an entire discussion about necessities. Hence lays our problem. In a nutshell, we like to buy stuff. And I can justify absolutely anything. Honestly, I should win an award for that – it’s one of my special talents. If there is something I really want, I can think of a way to justify it in about 10 seconds flat. I should make that a TT – 13 things I have erroneously justified. But, I digress.

I have really been trying to watch it lately. I’ve tried to curb my massive coffee addiction, and I recently bought clothes, but I had a gift certificate, so that doesn’t count. As much I have been watching the expenses lately, there are still a few extras I feel I have “needed” that Eric scoffed at, such as new shoes at the Payless BOGO sale, or my renewal to the Goo Goo Dolls fan club. (Come on – like I’m going to give that up!) But seriously, I thought these were fairly small things, even though I get endless harassment from my husband.

My husband. Well, I found out today that he has weaknesses, too. One of those is the fact that he loves Tina Turner. In case you haven’t heard, Tina Turner is coming out of retirement to do another tour. Her first show is going to be here in Kansas City on October 1st. Eric bought presale tickets today . . . for $350. Now, I love Tina Turner. I mean, she is almost 70!! And I can only dream of having legs like that! But dude! $350!!

Dude!!! I think I’m good for like the next year on anything I want to buy and Eric can’t complain, right? I’m thinking maybe a spa treatment.

Or, I’m seriously hoping The Goo Goo Dolls come back to town next year. I’m thinking I can get VIP seating through the fan club for less than Eric paid for Tina Turner tickets. Or I could save the money. But that’s not nearly as much fun.



3 comments:

Amanda said...

...and my husband thought me spending $200 for my daughter and I to see the Jonas Brothers was bad!! Have you seen those boys? They're hot! I know you like Johnny R, but check out the JoBros!

Amanda

Jen @ JenuineJen said...

Funny. I can justify what I want to spend as well. It is not a good habit to be in. Luckily for that habit (not for our pocketbooks) my husband closed his business and we have really had to watch our finances lately. So now, even if I can justify it, I know I cannot get it unless it truly is a necessity.

I have lost weight and am walking around in clothes that are too big for me right now because new clothes are not really a necessity. Ugh! I should be rewarded for my weight loss.

Oh well! I know we will eventually be on an upward swing with our finances again.

Lois Grebowski said...

Dave Ramsey Rocks... but then I'm from the same area he's from in TN...Been listening to his program off and on for years! Hang in there with his makeover. I've head lots of success stories...