In order to get in my 16 hours this week, I’m off at work right now. But that doesn’t mean I can’t magically post this roundup with the power of timed posting!
This is the “affording it” edition because of a series of posts which began on Monday when Paid Twice asserted that there was no shame in not being able to afford everything–dental surgery in her case.
That really struck a nerve with me, because I’d just been feeling bad about not having more clothes.
Ryan of Uncommon-Cents responded to both of us by discussing clothing as the ultimate want vs. need item. So true. I mean, I need to be dressed for work today, but…
I could be like Lynnae, whose family only had three good school outfits when she was a kid. As long as they’re clean, neat, and in good shape–does it matter? Psychologically, it seems to. At least, it does in a context where other people have far more outfits. I’m sure I wouldn’t care as much if the average person had 3 outfits.
Meg at All About Appearances agrees that when you don’t have the money to spend, you shouldn’t be spending it in order to appear richer. It doesn’t fit in with your long-term goals.
Deepali reflected on meeting the man who has no feet. In the grander scheme of things, my 5 work shirts and 2 work pants are not just adequate, they’re the sign of a very rich person.
Compared to many people and places, we are very rich and able to be quite comfortable even as we struggle with debt and desire.
And lastly, I participated in the Money Matters group writing project this week. Madison of My Dollar Plan provided a great closing review of all the posts! If you want a nice reference or you want the content without all the reading, definitely check this out!