I read a very interesting post over at Five Cent Nickel yesterday talking about what his biggest financial vice is, and asking his readers to share theirs as well. It started the wheels in my brain turning, for, ask me 14 months ago, and I would have claimed that I didn’t spend anything extra on anything (which wasn’t true but I honestly thought it was). Ask me 11 months ago, and with a month of budgeting under my belt I would have just softly muttered “Target”. But ask me now, after learning to control my impulsive purchases much better than I ever have before, and it gives me pause. I know I have my weaknesses, but they aren’t quite as obvious now.
After some reflection, the answer for me seemed pretty obvious. My biggest financial vice is scrapbooking. It isn’t that I spend a huge amount on scrapbooking supplies, but when I have an opportunity for gifts, I always seem to ask for more scrapbooking paraphernalia, and I do spend more than I really fully realize on getting photos printed. I have been sort of enthralled with getting good prices on photo prints and although I haven’t really spent all that much (and within my budget for miscellaneous things each month) it has become a little bit obsessive.
My son looks at all my unfinished albums and tells me I need to put more pictures in them, so at least he approves.
What’s your biggest financial vice?