1500 Days To Financial Freedom had a very interesting post about Financial Guilt, i.e. things that make you feel guilty about spending. For Mrs. 1500, guilt was triggered by purchase of expensive bras.
“I’m a personal finance/frugality blogger. I tell people not to spend money on frivolous things. I give examples of people wasting money all the time and do so with more than just a touch of disdain. How can I spend $100 on bras???”
I used to feel that way a lot, and I still do sometimes. However, since I’ve been on the frugal path for years, I only allow guilt for only one type of purchase: Stuff that I bought and did not use. It can be a $6 bottle of vitamins or a $500 handbag. I don’t care. If I don’t use it, it’s a complete waste of money!
Here are some things I’ve wasted money in the past. I tend to feel guilty if I bought it and annoyed if my husband did!
1) Massage machine
2) Bike (used maybe 5 times)
3) 1-year Gym Membership (I did not go at all!)
4) various skin care creams
5) A few online clothing purchases that did not fit well (and were bought on eBay so non-returnable)
6) Toys that my kids never played with
7) Kitchen gadgets designed for one use. Luckily we don’t buy these type of things often.
9) Traffic or Parking tickets.
10) Books I read once (before I re-discovered the library)
11) Everything that is stuffed into storage totes and hasn’t been used in years.
That’s a long list for someone who proclaims to feel little guilt for purchases, isn’t it?