I am feeling really good about my finances right now. Of course I wish I had more in retirement and a larger emergency fund, but all in all, I have achieved several rather large goals over the last couple of years. I finished paying off all of my credit card debt, student loans, car loan AND I purchased my first home! Yeah! While in the process of paying off my debt and loans I really didn't do anything "for me" during that time. I rarely bought ANYTHING during this time. I had no new clothes unless my underwear or socks got holes in them. I didn't do anything to spoil myself either. So, yesterday I took the day off from work and went shopping with my 2 best friends. We had a ball, we went to the outlet mall and I got some very fun, cute, new duds! I got 2 skirts, 2 pair of shorts, 2 pair of pants, a dress, a sweater set, 6 bras, and a couple of shirts, all for $276!! The clothes are nice ones too, coming from Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Adidas, etc and the bras are all Maidenform. Then I went to the mall to meet up with my mom and I knew I was going to need some warm fleece pants this weekend because I am doing a long charity walk where I will be walking overnight, so I got those and a fleece coat, both for a total of $91! Now, I am not really much of a shopper, but it was really, really fun to get all kinds of new stuff. And of course I am wearing a skirt and the sweater set today! :)
Also while we were out shopping I took my car in for a maintenance service. The total bill for that was $77.56, plus the news that I will be needing a new battery and new tires. Both of which I was expecting to be coming soon. But, I have no problem spending the money on these things, my car is 7 years old and this will be the first time I have replaced the tires and the battery. The car only has 68,000 miles on it and it's a Honda, so I just may end up driving it for another 7 years, at which point my nephew will be getting his license and I think it would make a great first car for him. Maintaining a car is so much cheaper than buying a new one, and I still really like my car, so why would I want to go out and get a new one?!
Now I am looking forward to the weekend and the charity walk, hopefully it won't get too cold, but if it does, I'll be fine with my new fleece pants! :) Make it a great one all!