marital money mantra #3: giving gifts is not a license to be financially irresponsible

Oh the irony of having vision with blurred discernment.

Mmmmmaybe that’s one of my top embarrassing fiscal decisions considering two things:
1) My ego thinks she’s fiscally disciplined;
2) In that same week I barked at my husband for over-spending.

Yup I’m rolling in imperfection! Dang if that mantra isn’t worth repeating and recycling over and over again in one’s marriage, partnership, whichever.

So for all our benefit, here ’tis again:

Holy Smokes(!)…giving gifts is not a license to be fiscally irresponsible.

More from:
The GiveWell Blog, an interesting blog that takes the gift-giving discussion to a community scale. They evaluate non-profits to gauge the appropriateness of their use of funding, including financial gifts from the average Joe. GiveWell also reviews the effectiveness of a non-profit’s service. That seems a prickly albeit relevant undertaking.

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2 Responses

  1. ahhh…haven’t we all been there? the dumb-ass purchases that seemed like a fabulous idea at the time. I have learned to live by thrift store shopping, where dumb-ass purchases are usually less than $15.

  2. Ah, the brainy librarian look. That’s my weakness as well!

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