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Save some to spend some

May 24th, 2015 at 07:13 pm

We've been spending money at the local garden center. DH has a decent vegetable garden for the small space available and yesterday he bought some flowers. He enjoys gardening so it is relaxing for him and the vegetables are pretty darn tasty.

Yesterday's plants were a bit pricey and he probably could have gotten fewer and less expensive ones. I pointed out that we save money on other things so we can spend it on things we really want.

A couple we know love to spend. Last fall he was telling us how they had custom made curtains for their kitchen windows. Two windows. Not picture windows or extra tall windows. Just basic kitchen windows. And the tally: $1500. We've viewed these pieces of cloth at the window -- they are nice curtains, but I can't see where they are worth $1500. But that is how they roll -- all the curtains and drapes are custom made and cost thousands of dollars. Yet, they moan and gripe about being short of money. They hit the home equity quite a bit and have taken out personal loans to finance vacations and other odds and ends.

I like nice things too, but last year I hit a garage sale and found two brand new in the package sheers that matched the curtains I found on sale. All in all, I spent about $32 for curtains and sheers and was pleased. This friend told my husband I must not care about him since I spent so little on the window coverings. DH looked at me and said he didn't think that was so; he thought they looked OK. What a strange mindset.

So this weekend, other than buying the flowers, we are working around here. I'm getting ready to pick some radishes that are a little larger than we prefer for raw eating. I saw a recipe on roasting them and it looked pretty good. Here is the url:

http://www.thekitchn.com/roasted-radishes-are-the-vegetable-thats-missing-from-your-life-215614

Supper is pork loin, mashed potatoes, carrots, radishes, and cottage cheese. The pork loin and carrots will make up another meal later this week. Yet another way to save money so we have it for other things...and those other things WILL NOT be $1500 custom curtains!

5 Responses to “Save some to spend some”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Good for you!! I don't have a curtain in my house, and I think it looks just fine. (Our house is paid for too.)
    My hussby, too, enjoys growing his own veggies! He is out in his garden right now!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I had to read that one out loud to AS. Spousal love measured by price of curtains. That's a new one for sure! LOL. I love picturing DH's bemused expression when he heard that. I think most of our current curtains cost $0; castoffs from various places. Even when we eventually replace them, I can't imagine spending that much!!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I was shocked that the guy thought I didn't love my husband much because of the cheap curtains...DH likes having curtains, but he would rather spend money elsewhere. This same guy thinks we are crazy for having saved money and invested it. He claims he can sell his collections if he needs to...maybe so, but we all know your collections are usually worth more to you than to someone else.

    Ima, what is your husband growing?

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow, I can't imagine spending that much on curtains. I bought some blackout curtains for the place I lived in NM - $10 each (tacked up with nails ...)

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    You could just as easily say the other spouse didn't love theirs because they wasted so much hard earned money on curtains. I mean, seriously, what a doofy thing for them to say.

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