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October 11th, 2010 at 04:14 pm

I am torn. I have blogged about wanting a new stove and saving up for it.

I have been watching the ads and have also read Consumer Reports.

I think that if I catch the stove in sale, I have enough to pay for it.

There was something great about anticipating. I like looking through the Sunday ads and seeing what's out there. I have enjoyed perusing stores and looking at those sleek and shiny stoves and imagining them in my kitchen.

But, I wonder now if I should spend the money. It's not an issue of not having the money to pay bills. We do.

It's not an issue of having to have the's a want, not a need.

But, I'm torn. Do I want to keep the money in the credit union...I admit it, I like having that money in the bank and seeing the balance go up.

Or do I want a new stove enough to spend that money?

Geeze, talking about the old adage of having your cake and eating it too....

6 Responses to “Torn Between....”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Well, at least it's a good problem to have. Smile

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Ahh..those of us that are thrifty have the hardest time parting with our money. Maybe the question to ask is, "will you regret it in the long term if you buy it?". It doesn't seem like a frivolous expense especially with cash saved, unless there is something else you should be doing with the money.

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    I struggle with this all the time! I debate too long over things now that I THINK I want (and yes, they're wants) or whether it's just a novelty that will wear off. I'm finding more things are a novelty and that I liked the anticipation better. Ugh, no fun. As long as you're SURE this is something you want, you'll use, and you'll love - as long as you have the money, go for it!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    True, BA, it is a good problem.

    I just have this little mechanism in my pea brain that even when I know I have the money to buy things and have saved up for them, I feel torn about buying them and then I feel guilty. I guess misery likes company because I'm glad I'm not the only one struggling with this.

  5. baselle Says:

    I'm struggling with this all the time. Thank heavens I'm not alone! What I am going to do is bite the bullet, pull the money for my big purchase (Vietnam trip), "hide it", and recalculate my net worth. My net worth will drop, causing a great deal of hurt in short term but it will give me time to readjust what I think my savings is.

    If you burn a meal with your old stove it might help you feel less guilty. Smile
    But here's an additional thought. You are a frugal foodie. You will be using that stove daily for years. No matter what you buy it will never be a wasted purchase, so while it is a want its a want with a lot of shades of need. You will not be the person who buys the stove for bragging rights and orders carryout, which would be the waste here. The longer you wait, the fewer days you'll have to enjoy cooking with your new, better stove.

  6. Jerry Says:

    baselle is pretty convincing, I have to say! It's true, if you are someone who will use the stove to its full capacity, then that will lead to a completely different thing than someone who just wants something shiny in the kitchen. If you have some insurance that you can afford it, then why not?

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