I am one thrifty woman. No, call me cheapskate. I reuse things when needed, and barely buys unnecessary stuff. BUT just like everyone else, I have guilty pleasures.
Guilty pleasure is described as “something, such as a film, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard, or is seen as unusual or weird.” This is according to Wikipedia.
While others spend on expensive bags, fancy jewelry, top-of-the-line cars, and gambling to name a few, I fancy planner stuff and good coffee. I am okay with inexpensive planners, even generic ones but hoping that one day, I’d be able to buy another Filofax or a Kate Spade agenda.
Last year I spent so much on washi tapes, paper, fillers, pens, and other accessories for my planners. It made me happy at first then just like any fad, it waned, at least for me. Others are REALLY hooked to it. I realized that while it’s okay to give in to my guilty pleasures, it is NOT okay to be consumed by it.
Besides, I barely have the time to decorate. All I do now is to update my planner for my schedule — it’s real purpose.
I find coffee relaxing so good coffee once in a while is necessary to keep my sanity. How much does a venti in Starbucks cost again? I simply don’t care — because I know that I need to have it WHEN I need it. It’s not everyday, so why feel guilty?
Anyway, I only drink freshly brewed coffee in Starbucks — cheaper than most concoctions. I spend 200 (with ensaymada, hello!) whenever I find the need for freshly brewed coffee.
I am cheap but my guilty pleasures make me human. And for me, it isn’t bad at all.
Much as I want to spend a fortune on bags and shoes, my income won’t allow me. I feel so giddy whenever I see the stationery section — it’s heaven! So I am okay with planners and coffee which I splurged on once in a while.
I am also happy for one of our family member who lost everything to gambling during his stay in Vegas, but he is slowly changing now. He shifted from a hard core gambler to social gambler and only has Boomtown Bingo as his focus. That is a major step and I am happy for her.
You see, to keep us sane in this chaotic life, we all need to give in to our guilty pleasures once in a while. However, we are responsible to know our limits and stay within our means because if one of our guilty pleasures turned into uncontrollable vices, that’s when the problems start.