Today I have a couple of seemingly unrelated money stories, but I hope to tie them together in the end.
I have mentioned a few times that my wife is the breadwinner in our family. A couple of weeks ago, she had found that she had a fair amount of extra money at the end of the month, despite some of her spending habits. After dinner one evening she told me about this surprise money and that she transferred it to our new house account. Since it was a fair amount of money, I was quite excited. In a seemingly unrelated note, she mentioned how she needed a watch battery and a pair of running shoes. She then asked me for permission to a gift certificate that we got our wedding to buy new shoes at Sears. I explained that it’s perfectly fine and a bit of a silly question after transferring so much money into our house fund.
Last week, I came upon a small windfall. A windfall is probably overstating it. I immediately thought of what I might spend it on. We’ve had our eye on a replacement TV for the bedroom. It been partially broken for about 6 months. The case is cracked pretty bad from dropping it in a move, but the picture is fine. I’ve been thinking about how nice a LCD flat panel would look in place of the old tube.
I didn’t end up buying the fancy television though. Instead, I flashed back to my wife’s thought about the shoes at Sears. She rationalized the shoe purchase as a reward for saving money for the new home – even though I didn’t intentionally try to draw that connection. Taking her lead, I used the extra bonus to pay off about half the amount remaining on my home equity line of credit. As for my “shoes”, I think I’m going to pick up a wine decanter funnel, so that my Two Buck Chuck, will taste better. I like to think that Plonkee would be proud of that decision.