Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What do you do to spoil yourself?

I read magazine articles, blog posts, and Facebook posts all the time that talk about the importance of "Me Time."  And they always suggest going to get a manicure or pedicure. 

Does anyone actually do that?  I don't understand the appeal of getting a mani/pedi.  It seems to me that if I'm going to spend money on myself, going to a nail salon is just about the biggest waste of money and least practical thing I could do.

 But I guess I've always let being practical get in the way of fun things.  For better or worse.

I'm also the type of person who thinks about everyone else before myself.  A couple years ago, when Hubby was given some birthday money by my parents, he didn't hesitate for a second to buy himself  a video game.  But when we were walking around Target together after I received my birthday money, I let him talk me into using it for a slushy machine. 

I don't regret buying that slushy machine; I do love slushies.  But my present was something that the whole family benefits from.  His was purely for himself.  Makes sense, though, right?  I mean, it was his birthday money.  I guess I wish that he would also think as unselfishly and practically as me.  I'm jealous.

It's even worse now that our financial situation sucks so bad.  I need new tennis shoes; but Secundus needs socks.  Secundus wins.  I need new nursing bras; but Primus needs underwear.  Primus wins. 

So, how much would a pedicure cost?  Thirty dollars?  If I had 30 extra dollars, it would never occur to me to use it to pay some stranger to touch my feet.  I would much rather spend it on a basic black skirt that fits my postpartum body so I have something other than my stained khaki maternity skirt to wear every Sunday. 

But I guess the real question is, if I really did have all my basic personal needs met and truly had some disposable income, what would I spend it on?  I still don't think I would spend it at a nail salon.  I think I would put it away and save up to take the whole family to Disneyland. 

Yep; once again, I would spend it on others and not just spoil myself.  For better or worse.


  1. I love getting a pedicure, but the last time I got one was when I was 6 months pregnant with Jaron. I would probably feel the same way as you had I never gotten one. But it's so nice and relaxing because they massage your legs and feet, and then your toes look all pretty. I've been feeling my rough heels lately and thinking, "I could really use a pedicure." But I won't get one because that money is needed elsewhere. Dave will tell you I'm really practical. But I will admit that if I could splurge guiltlessly, it would be on a pedicure. I look forward to taking Lara one day. I rarely spoil myself like you. I think of the rest of my family and their needs before my own. I think it's called being a mom :)

  2. By the way, in my hay-day of pedicures, I usually only got one per year. Occasionally I got two. Not extremely splurgey to most