I am a girl who likes to buy stuff, lots of stuff. It is seriously an issue. Lately my money has gone to make-up. And I am stuck being confused because I am unsure if I want to buy make up because my brain has engrained societies messages or if I just love “enhancing my beauty.”
The truth is I may never ever know which one it is, it may be a mixture of both. But the way I spend my money has changed. I too often have seen my parents pay checks go to bills and responsibilities. As a result, they do not enjoy their money. Not on vacations or clothes (except my mom who feels it is necessary to buy a shirt when she goes out); to stop that she eliminated the going out part. Although I do not enjoy them not going out to eat or on a movie date, their lack of wanting to spend money unnecessarily has changed my perspective on how I spend my money.
I remember back in high school and also freshman year of college I use to hate spending money on food!! It was something that went into my body and then I never saw again, but a shirt! I could have that shirt for a very very long time. Lately I decided if I want a cupcake why not treat myself to a cupcake, or a really expensive waffle in the streets of manhattan with nutella, whip cream, and strawberries. Why not get a coolata, a smoothie, or popeyes. So why not waste my money on make up. I am young! And if there’s a time to do it, it is now. So I’m going to live in the now with a little planning towards the future but mostly now.
I guess this post is to say that I really like the way I manage my money in the terms of spending to have a good time, eat things I crave, or make myself look good (if you look good, you feel good). I mean at eighteen what else do I have to spend money on except for the apartment I want when I graduate and traveling. My sister and cousins are planning to go to Jamaica for spring break (so excited). After all isn’t money made to create a living and make memories. Why can’t I do both at the same time. I’ll worry about saving for my old age in my late twenties when my life is settled.