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Is It Harder to Spend Money on Your Friends or Yourself?

Do You Find It Easier or Harder to Spend on Yourself?

My sister's birthday is fast approaching, which means I'm on a mission to find the perfect gift. I've spent the Summer watching my finances and not giving into spending too easily. Still, that's all about to change — to celebrate my sister I'm pulling out all the stops to find a gift that really wows.

That got me thinking — I have some friends who have a hard time giving up cash if it's not going toward a purchase for themselves. Meanwhile, others, like me, feel a little more at liberty to spend to buy something for someone they care about. I totally understand both sides — on the one hand, you work hard for your money and spending it on something for yourself is a nice way to reward yourself. And it can be hard to spend that hard-earned cash on someone else. But, while I sometimes feel guilty spending on something I don't really need, putting that money to good use for someone special feels good. So, tell me, where do you stand — when it comes to spending, is it harder to give up your money for friends or on something for yourself?

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JoneyStar JoneyStar 6 years
Harder. I find that the older I get the less I want or need. All the things that I would die for in my 20's I no longer really care to get in my 30's. Like a new outfit for every occasion. I find my self only shopping for what I need. Of course this is against all the rules that my mother taught me about seeing something you love, buying it and saving it for when you find just the right thing to wear it with or wear it for. I find that rule wasteful. I also find that I am much more picky the older I get and a lot more trendy. I don't know I get more joy out of dressing my toddler than I do of myself. Don't get me wrong I enjoy fantastic clothes but now I realize that I no longer need everything I see. And the odd thing is that I find that its much harder to shop when I have the money to spend then when I don't have it.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
It depends on what I'm buying. I tend to find it easier to spend money on clothes when I'm buying them for other people, but if I'm buying cosmetics, I don't mind spending the money on myself.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
It's easier to spend on myself. It's hard for me to give up my hard earned dollars on someone else. I know that sounds selfish, but everyone I initially care about and would spend money on actually makes more money than me. When I buy others gifts, it usually sets me back because by the time I pay my bills, I don't have that much left over each month.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I agree! I know exactly what I want and love! I don't like throwing down major cash on something that I don't even know if someone else will like.
HTCmom HTCmom 6 years
So much harder to spend on myself. I have three young kids and I can always find a way to spend on them. I can always convince myself to wait or justify why I don't need it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
It depends on the expense.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Easier because I know I want/need it and that I will love it and actually make it useful... gifts are risky sometimes!
imLissy imLissy 6 years
So much harder to spend on myself. I'm pretty cheap in general, but if I can justify that buying something for someone will make them happy, that's worth it for me. For me, sometimes buying things makes me happy, but most of the time the spending money makes me more depressed than the thing will make me happy. Does that make sense?
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