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.
What 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!