It’s not always fun being on a budget. Sometimes it is, when I feel particularly virtuous because I saved a lot of money by building something on my own, or when I find a truly great bargain, or when I pass up something expensive because I don’t want it or need it. The virtue just washes over me, it’s so wonderful.
But sometimes it’s a pain in the ass. And those times are when my Bad Wolf chomps down because I am terrible with money. He hasn’t been eating very well lately because I’ve been doing so much of the work on the house on my own with plain old pine, always a bargain, but then I looked at trim for some of the shelves and bookcases and found this:
Isn’t it pretty? It’s ten bucks for an 8′ piece. That is not cheap.
“I want that,” I said.
“It’s pretty, get it,” my Good Wolf said, smacking her lips.
“Are you out of your mind?” my Bad Wolf said. “You’d need at least six pieces. That’s sixty bucks. The bookcases on their own weren’t sixty bucks.”
“But it’s so pretty,” I said. “And I’d see it every day, it would be the trim in my bedroom.”
“And we could spray paint it gold,” my Good Wolf said.
“No,” the Bad Wolf and I said together. He’s not always wrong, you know.
So I bought two pieces of the trim. Then the next time I went back, I bought two more. I’ll probably buy some more the next time I’m there, spreading out the pain, but I’ll definitely buy it because the details count. A clean, clear, simple life is a good idea, but if it gets too clean, clear, and simple, it’s just sterile. Sometimes you need some fancy trim, a little razzle dazzle, even (dare I say it), a little gold spray paint.
The Good Wolf and I bought a pearl bead curtain to hang in the doorway to the bathroom, too. She smacked her lips when she saw it, and there went thirty bucks. But we’re going to be feasting on that curtain and that trim for a long, long time. (One of the most important money tips I ever learned was cost per use. A pair of shoes you buy for twenty bucks and never wear has a cost per use of twenty bucks. A pair of shoes you buy for two hundred bucks and wear twice a week for three years until they fall off your feet has a cost per use of nine cents. The cost per use of that trim given how often I’m going to look at it and smile is about zilch.) And we were VERY practical and passed by all the chandeliers that cost hundreds of dollars and only spent $81.99 on this one because, as my Good Wolf said, we can always add more pearls.
God is in the details, and so is the Good Wolf’s lunch. What did you feed your good wolf this week?