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.