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Easter Spending Without A Plan

by The Happy Rock on March 24, 2008

I have a small confession that I need to make. We spent almost $50 this month on Easter supplies and candy. That was just for our 2 year old, since the 2 month old isn’t old enough to partake. Some of you may laugh, saying “I spent way more”, but to me that is a large sum on items that have almost no lasting purpose.

easter-candy-cadbury-bunny.jpgWhat happened? Two things, lack of planning and lack of communication. This is the first year that The Rockette and I were forced to mesh our individual preferences into our own special tradition. This normally takes some intentionality or you end up avoided the issue or fighting. We didn’t fight, so we default to each of trying to accomplish our own separate goals. Even more The Happy Pebble was inundated with stuff to the point that I think he only saw a bunch of stuff rather than a few select special items.

If we had talked about Easter spending before hand we would have had a plan for our money. As it is, the spending will come out of the money we have been putting away for adoption lawyer fees. The key here is intentionality. Even though this is a tiny sum of money, if we aren’t being intention about these decision then we set the stage for problems on larger purchases like homes and cars.

So what do we do about it. First, since we can’t return the perishable items we need to let it go. Stewing and/or blaming really won’t help. Second, we will make sure that the we have a spending plan in place before the next Easter comes. With a plan in place, I will be able to avoid the $25 spent in the local Chocolate House and come out with the one Dark Chocolate Coconut Cream Egg with my son’s name on it as I had intended.

The key is to have a plan for your money. This intentionality may look different to each person, but it will really change your finances!

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Leslie Anne March 24, 2008 at 7:43 pm

I was proud of myself this year, especially since last year we really overspent. We hosted easter brunch for the family, and probably spent close to $200 in food, easter egg hunting stuff, and decorations. This year, I asked my mother-in-law to host and took a trip down the dollar section at Target for my 3-year-old daughter and 8-month-old son. My daughter couldn’t have been happier with the hat, gloves, and assorted goodies she received, and my son will get great use out of the bowls and socks. My biggest splurge was buying a new box of crayola twist-up crayons that we needed anyway.

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The Happy Rock March 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

@Leslie – Awesome transition and money saving! I also agree with you that there were so many choices in his basket that he was somewhat blinded to the specialness of the occasion.

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Sue March 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm

You definitely have buyer’s remorse. If you didn’t your readers would be surprised.

By the way, how do you do a trackback or a ping?

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The Happy Rock March 25, 2008 at 11:39 pm

@Sue – Here is a pretty good explanation of what trackbacks and ping backs are and how to use them.

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Diana March 26, 2008 at 12:23 am

Yeah…Easter is identic with chocholate, candy, and egg…I guess your story is a good lesson for me which I should note well when I have my own child.

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Diana March 26, 2008 at 12:23 am

Yeah…Easter is identic with chocholate, candy, and egg…I guess your story is a good lesson for me which I should note well when I have my own children.

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Will March 28, 2008 at 1:46 am

Rock I am a little dissapointed that you spent that much on Easter and your brother-in-law didn’t even get one peanut butter egg. What’s up with that?

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