Ninja loves to shop.
If you have to read the above sentence one more time, I understand. Let me explain….
Yesterday, something very unusual happened in the our household. Ninja spent money on himself – a lot of money on himself. Unplanned. No budget saved up, no pre-meditated spending limit. And guess what? I LOVED it (and I think he did too).
It all started with a trip to Costco to stock up on some birthday, BBQ, and camping supplies for the near future. Ninja’s transformation began when I picked up one dress shirt that caught his interest, priced at an affordable $19.87 (Costco always has weird prices at the end…why is that?). The stack of dress shirts brought us next to the table of khaki dress pants. Knowing Ninja’s normal shopping attention span is about 2.8 seconds, I immediately began digging for his sizes before he mentally checked out and gave up.
Before I knew it, I looked up to find that he had wandered over to the next table – and then the next – and then the next. He was quickly committing to purchase after purchase, filling our cart with clothes. I didn’t push, bribe, or persuade in ANY way, pinky promise. By the time we were ready to move onto our actual Costco shopping list, Ninja had impulsively picked out a dress shirt, dress pants, casual shorts, and board shorts.
From previous posts, you might know that I have a monthly budgeted spending allotment, Ninja does not. We also have very different spending habits. Ninja shops semiannually; Once in the summer, and once in the winter. Over the course of a year, I probably spend more than him in total (don’t tell him I admitted that). My purchases are more frequent, but typically not as much as Ninja spent yesterday (with the exception of the Nordstrom Sale….I have my presale appointment tomorrow!!!!). However, when he does take these unexpected shopping sprees, I LOVE it because I hope it reminds him of few things about spending:
- Sometimes you don’t know what you need until you see it
- You can’t always plan on when you are going to find a good deal….so you can’t pass it up!
- Lighten up about spending money. We save, share, and invest….and its’ not ridiculous to spend money too. You don’t always have to say no, just because you weren’t dreaming about it for months and months, and didn’t research all possible options.
We have been married for 2 years, and we still have our spending habit differences… BUT, we are definitely learning from each other, and figuring things out. I’m thankful for what he teaches me, and I hope that he has learned a little from me as well (today’s shopping spree sure seemed like he did 😉 )
Do you shop more like Ninja (a few big sprees each year) or like myself (picking up things as you need them)? Anyone else excited for the upcoming Nordstrom sale?! Do any couples actually have the SAME spending habits as their partners?