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Frugal Friday Confessions: I Spent too Much Money on Fireworks

poopy puppy fireworks

Happy Friday everyone! As many of my loyal readers knew already, I was gone most of the week helping my youngest brother find an apartment as he just graduated from college last month and landed his first teaching job. He’ll be moving much closer to us and will be living only about 45 minutes from where I went to college, so since I know the area pretty well, I was able to help him start to get some things set up for when he’ll be moving next month. I do have to admit that it was nice to get away from the computer (a.k.a. my “mistress” according to Mrs. Frugal Rules). Since I have been away for most of the week and not really paying attention to what has been going on in the world, there’ll be no usual Friday post – but a confessional…I spent too much money on fireworks.

What Happens When You Don’t Think With Your Head

I have loved fireworks as long as I can remember. My Dad would always put on big fireworks shows for our neighborhood when I was young. I think my Dad is part pyro, but he really enjoyed setting off fireworks and over the years we would have people from all over the neighborhood come and sit in our yard to watch his show. I loved watching them and loved it even more when he allowed me to help shoot them off. In fact, everything about the fireworks was great except for the morning after; it was my job to scout through the neighborhood, collecting all the debris. I hated that part. Now that I have children of my own, I love shooting off fireworks even more than before. That has not always been the easiest as Omaha isn’t the most firework friendly; I always feel a bit underwhelmed at what I can buy here. That changed this week as I headed south with my brother. We drove right past a fireworks outlet in Missouri with all sorts of fireworks we can’t get in Omaha. I just had to stop and go inside. There was just one problem.

When we left Omaha, a sudden, violent storm unleashed a torrential downpour on us. It seemed that my brother and I were stuck right in the center of the storm as we drove south. For about 45 minutes it was all I could do to keep our little car on the road. As the rain cleared, I saw the fireworks outlet I couldn’t resist. When I got inside I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were all sorts of fireworks that we can’t buy where I live and I allowed that to get the best of me. We were in there long enough that the storm caught up with us and it started raining in buckets again. So, that meant we stayed in the store longer, thus buying more fireworks. I had told myself that I would only spend 10 minutes in the store, well that quickly turned into 30 minutes. The damage at the end of the 30 minutes…nearly $250! I know to some that might not seem like much and to others like a completely ridiculous waste of money – especially on something that we’ll get no measurable value out of. What ultimately happened was that I threw any fiscal discipline out the window and did not keep track of what I was spending. While I was a bit taken aback at what the final total was, I knew that I was spending too much as I was putting the fireworks into the cart. At the end of the day, I was not thinking with my head, but thinking about the show I would be able to put on and the fun that’ll come out of it. As a side note, my most favorite firework purchase of all was one of the cheapest. It’s called the “Poopy Puppy” and it’s the featured image on today’s post. I couldn’t help but start laughing right there in the aisle as I thought about the joy my kids would get out of seeing that one! Thankfully, our budget can withstand spending like this, though I know there are much better ways I could’ve used this money. It has also taught me again the importance of setting a cap for spending on fun things like this and setting aside money for it throughout the year so I do not run into an issue where money is not allocated for it. So, there you have my confessional. Even in trying to be frugal, there are times when emotion gets the best of you and you make a crazy decision. The key is to see this and not allow it to go unchecked. To close, I of course urge you to practice safety if you’re going to be shooting off fireworks next week!

As I was away from the blogosphere most of this week I really did not get to read many blog posts. I did manage to read a few on Thursday and will highlight a couple of those.

Blog Posts of the Week

Overcoming Laziness: How I Saved Money Last Week on Club Thrifty

How and Why You Should Get out of Debt: Part 3, Staying the Course on The Frugal Farmer

What Lifestyle Changes Will You Make in Retirement? on The Chicago Financial Planner

Want Some Financial Motivation? Get Off Your Computer and Go Outside! on My Money Design

Odd Search Terms

What Apple is doing for the government…nothing by the looks of it.

Can you return makeup you bought somewhere else at Wal-Mart…sorry, I have little makeup buying experience.

Give away my money…I’ll gladly take it!

How to pay my 87 month car loan…Here’s a thought – much quicker!

How to become rich off of scratch tickets…Buy a lot of them!

Should you be frugal or live life to the fullest? Both!

My head is always itching, what is the cause…Here’s a thought – try some shampoo!

 

What’s something you spent money on recently that could be considered foolish? Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend?

 

Photo courtesy of: Nicole S

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I'm the founder of Frugal Rules, a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. I'm passionate about helping people learn from my mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally

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