Remember my last list of hard choices? Well, due to an “unexpected” purchase, I’ve decided to take the new bedframe off the list. I’m also down-sizing smartphone expectations.
1) Trip to Europe – $2,000 to 2,300? Mid-life crisis. I can justify this but at the same time, I know it’s a bit crazy to travel to Europe by myself.
2) Replace Car #1- $25,000+? This would replace Car #1 which needs some costly repairs. We’re not sure it’s worth it.
3) Swim Lessons – $300 to $500? We need private lessons for special needs kiddos. $39 per lesson — yikes — but I’m shopping around.
4) NEW! Smartphones – $650 (?) for two. UPDATE: I think I’d rather pay closer to $100 and no more than $150 for a phone. Smartphone prices are crazy!
5) NEW! Lawyer – $5,000 – This is a wild guess. I assume a first-time consultation is free but we would need time/expertise to create a special needs trust and wills.
6) Apple software program – I’m leaving this at #5 because I can’t ask my husband to stick to a budget now that my trip is pending.
7) Car #2 We spent $584.85 in 2015 for repairs. More repairs anticipated.
8) Foam mattress – UPDATE: $600-700 – I looked into reader suggestions and have discovered a lot of quality mattresses that cost much less than the $2,000 I had anticipated.
9) NEW! Bed frame – $550 – DELETED
In terms of justification, it’s easy to mentally subtract the $550 from the $2,000 trip and convince myself that the trip is ‘only’ an extra $1,450 in terms of planned spending. BUT I think that’s a bit of a cheat.
I may post more information. Or I may take this post down at some point. I thought I was immune to mid-life crisis type purchases. Oh well….
Advice? Have you ever splurged due to a mid-life crisis (or quarter life crisis)? Do you know anyone who has?
Mid-life crisis image from The Other Side of the Equation.