Such as the other day. I went to the mall and found lots of cute dresses, but I put ALL of them away. I’m very happy and I didn’t leave with any spending guilt! Here’s a great article to help you with any spending guilt.
What you can do:
- Look at what’s making you feel guilty. Is it clothing items? Electronics? Try to evaluate what it is exactly.
- What dollar amount is making you feel guilty?
- What could this money be better spent on?
- Saving and being frugal is good, but to a point. I set aside a certain amount that I must spend every month. This amount is very low, but it keeps me sane.
- Save for a future splurge ahead of time.
How do you get over spending guilt? How much do you spend before you feel “guilty”?
Live Simply- Live We says
I do. I wrestle with guilt over a lot of things. We made a BIG purchase recently, and 2 weeks later I am still feeling guilty. Even when we save for things and spend that money, I feel bad. Its really hard for me to spend money. We are doing better financially than we have ever done before, and it is hard for me to deal with…..weird I know
It's clothes for me. Well, shoes and clothes…well, shoes, clothes and jewelry…I try to buy second hand only except for the jewelry which i only buy once a year when i go back to school – I try to make sure I have earring that go with each outfit. My guilt doesn't last – I feel I should be able to spend SOME money on myself since i make a good salary. I only feel guilty if I'm not able to meet my savings and debt reduction goals due to unnecessary spending.
I definitely struggle with this, which is funny considering how freely I used to spend (and subsequently rack up credit card debt!). I have to remind myself that I worked hard to get where I am today, and I have to maintain that but also balance spending without ruminating too much. It's a constant battle, but I'm headed more in the camp of small purchases and saving for splurges. Ironically, I'm planning to blog about this very topic this week as I have a growing list of wants that I plan to tackle in the coming months.
Michelle P says
I have spending guilt today. Spent too much on food and drinks again this weekend. Thankfully I'll be out of town this week until next Monday, so I don't have to worry about spending too much when I go out with friends (since I'll be on a work trip, I won't be able to go out).