Money Well Spent

Is it easy for you to spend money on yourself? For me, I don’t hesitate to buy food or miss the opportunity to give a gift to others. When it comes to personal shopping, however, it’s difficult for me to spend money. Sure, there are things I like and say I want, but I very rarely buy them. Husband gets irritated because I will find something, tell him all about it, he’ll encourage me to buy it, but I don’t follow through. Does anybody else suffer from this?!

To practice my follow-through skills, I’ve been on a shopping spree. This is out of character for me, in fact, it’s uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I’ve purchased items I like, will use regularly, and thoroughly enjoy. Husband would never admit this, but when he asks, “Did I buy that for you?” and I reply, “Yes!” he smiles. Don’t tell him I told you this … he’d deny it anyway.

Since January, I have “splurged” on microderm facials, photography + Photoshop classes, Dead Sea cosmetics, home decor, clothing and shoes.

Last October, while on a mission trip, I gave my only pair of TOMS to a Haitian man working at the project site. The shoes weren’t in excellent condition, I had worn them for a year, but he was barefoot and working on a construction site where nails littered the ground. Luckily, my shoes fit his callused feet perfectly. I wish I could have bottled up the joy on his face when I gave him those shoes. His eyes sparkled and, despite our language barrier, I know he genuinely appreciated my seemingly simple gift. A few months later, I purchased another pair of TOMS. I’m a huge fan of the buy-one-give-one concept that is central to companies like TOMS and Warby Parker. As a University of Kentucky fan, despite their terrible basketball season this year, I chose this pair of TOMS from their collegiate collection:


TOMS shoes | University of Kentucky

I fell in love with these handmade pillow covers, made by a Texas blogger, and knew our couch needed a personal and unique touch. Even though we rarely sit on our couch, Husband and I will each have our own decorative pillow (Texas for him; Kentucky for me) showing the location of our hometown with a red heart. Everybody say awwwww.


Kentucky + Texas pillows | Jennifer’s shop

A blogger from Kentucky introduced me to an Etsy shop (HomelandTees) that has adorable t-shirts and window decals. I bought this “Home” t-shirt and wear it proudly. Anybody else picking up on the Kentucky theme here?!?!


Kentucky “Home” T-shirt | Etsy: HomelandTees

Since returning from Israel (where I toured the Holy Land), I have become quite the ambassador for AHAVA, an Israeli cosmetic brand. My skincare routine now includes cleansers, scrubs, mud masks, moisturizer cremes, and body wash made with water, salt, mud and other miraculous products from the Dead Sea.


AHAVA | Cleanser + Moisturizer + Body Wash

Neely introduced me to Memento, a website for all things monogrammed. I wear a navy pullover or jacket to school almost every day (my classroom is chilly) and I really like this monogrammed beauty. Navy is a one of my favorite wardrobe colors, and the splash of pink is preppy without being too girly. Plus, the pullover is within dress code and I can wear it to school. And what Southern Lady doesn’t love monograms?!


Preppy Monogrammed Pullover | Memento

I saved the best for last …

There are two things I love besides Jesus, Husband, and sweet tea: eating food and cooking food. For as long as I can remember, I’ve drooled over Le Creuset (pronounced Lay Crew Say) cookware. My first piece of Le Creuset stoneware was a college graduation gift and my collection significantly increased when Husband and I got married. For our sixth anniversary, Husband asked what I wanted and I said cookware that’s high-quality and preferably shiny. His reply, “I don’t know what that means, but get whatever you want.” So I did. I went to Le Creuset and bought stainless steel pots and pans. Le Creuset offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products and that, my friends, is a deal you cannot beat. Plus, stainless steel lasts forever. My mom still has the cookware she got as a wedding present 35 years ago and my grandmother has the set she bought in 1953!

On a separate but somewhat related note: the traditional gift for a sixth wedding anniversary is IRON so I “splurged” and bought a cast iron grill pan too. It was on clearance. Plus, it’s important to uphold sacred traditions. Right?! =)

sssetStainless Steel Cookware Set | Le Creuset

If you were to “splurge” and buy something for yourself, what would it be?
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  1. Jill @ Real Life Notes April 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I definitely DON’T have this problem. I find it far to easy most of the time to spend money on myself, or at least on things I want for the house, etc. I’ve been working on trying to stay on a budget!

    But I’m glad you’ve done some splurging! You deserve it!

    • Nicole April 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jill …… it’s nice to treat myself. Plus, I have a wonderful husband who spoils me. =)

  2. Amanda B. April 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I have this same problem. And it drives my husband CRAZY as well. Glad to know I’m not the only one, I was sure I was the only female who had this issue…my husband’s work friends complain about their wives spending money and my husband assured them that his wife “is tighter than bark on a tree” compliment, I guess?

    • Nicole April 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      WOOHOOO, there’s somebody else out there like me!!!!!! Let me just say, however, that if food is involved, I am the first person to the table and I have NO ISSUE spending money to eat. Nope, not me! But all the other stuff, oh yeah, I’m not too savvy. I’m not a fanatic for clothes or shoes or jewelry or all the other stuff most women like. I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one!!!!!

  3. Lindsey Steele April 6, 2013 at 3:51 am - Reply

    It must run in the family because I never hardly shop for myself! Josh gets so frustrated with me. For Valentines last year, he handed me cash and said we are going shopping and I want you to spend every penny on yourself! I left the house that day with $300 and came home with half of it. I just couldn’t do it! At least we both have good hubbies who take care of us! Now I know in one week, my money will go to this little girl named Joslin so I am sure things aren’t going to change! Glad to see you finally got your cookware. I knew you were talking about that last summer while visiting. Take care chick and can’t wait to share photos of our baby with you!
    PS Thanks for the shower gift! We loved it!

    • Nicole April 6, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only crazy person who has difficulty spending money on herself!!!! Yes, we are definitely blessed with great, loving, attentive, and SPOILING Husbands ….. and they drive us bat shit crazy too. LOL

      Joslin will make her arrival next week? Holy Cow! That is so cool and I can’t imagine what you must be thinking and feeling. Aunt Neecole is seriously excited about baby J. I’m even more excited it’s YOU and not me!!!!!!!!!

      blessings + hugs, Nico

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