Why is this time of year hard for me? Well, I’m an outdoorsy gal, and there are few things I enjoy more than spending time in my backyard, making it look great and basking in its floral and vegetative glory. Needless to say, my love for unique blooms and new tastes usually doesn’t come cheap. After several days of feeling guilty about my annual splurge at my favorite nursery, I’ve decided to surrender. I work hard and I have decided to give myself this each year. Here’s why finding your own splurge and enjoying it guilt-free is OK for you, too.

This time of year is tough for me. Today in Chicago, we’re going to have our first temps that top out in the upper 80s, and believe me when I tell you that we are ready. It has been a long, chilly, wet spring in these parts, and we’ve waited for warmth with baited breath.


So why is this time of year hard for me, you ask? Well, I’m an outdoorsy gal, and there are few things I enjoy more than spending time in my backyard, making it look great and basking in its floral and vegetative glory. Needless to say, my love for unique blooms and new tastes usually doesn’t come cheap. After several days of feeling guilty about my annual splurge at my favorite nursery, I’ve decided to surrender. I work hard and I have decided to give myself this each year. Here’s why finding your own splurge and enjoying it guilt-free is OK for you, too.


It’s called “growth”


If you’re like me, you might spend a considerable amount of time attempting to learn more about yourself, improve your skills and in general, grow as a person. Finding the things in life that bring you inner joy, leave you feeling peaceful and lower your stress level is one of the keys to a long life. Don’t pile guilt on top of something that does this for you, as long as it’s somewhat affordable. Of course we’d all de-stress after two weeks in Hawaii, but for our gang, that’s just not in the cards – yet!


Once you know, you can plan


Instead of denying that you’ll spend some cash on whatever your splurge is: a cleaning service, a great hair stylist, a decadent dinner out every so often, claim it. This way it can become a line item on that all-important budget each month. When the time comes for my trip the nursery next spring, I’ll be covered from the small amount I’ll save for it all year long.


When you plan, you welcome joy


For me, being frugal doesn’t come easy. I still struggle daily to make good choices for our family and our future. I can simplify the decision process by making sure that everything has a place in our budget, because a little enjoyment goes a long way toward a lot of financial and overall peace. Deprivation won’t do any of us a darn bit of good. 


Molly Logan Anderson is a freelance writer who lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Mike, three kids and two labs. Join Molly on her family’s journey of living a frugal life and making financial freedom their reality in her columns and on her blog, www.butterfliesandmudpies.blogspot.com.