My current bed is as older than I am. It was my stepfathers bed before he met my mother, and when they got a new one I got his old one. The bed is at least 25 years old. It is a sprung mattress and has four drawers underneath. I would like a new bed, and have been offered some money towards one, but this bed is ok. I mean there are no springs sticking into me. It is comfortable enough and yes, it does creak and squeak when you roll around, but it isn’t hurting me or digging into me or anything. Can I justify £400-500 on a new bed? No.
I want to buy myself a new watch. I am turning 25 next week and I want to commemorate it with a new watch. Not a cheap one like the one I wear on a daily basis, but a really nice one. I have my eye on either a Larson and Jennings or a Longines. This would be a present to me from me. I could say I have earned it as I work hard at my job and I have the right to treat myself to something, but surely the bed would be a better idea, potentially improving my sleep, rather than a gorgeous timepiece which I can keep and pass onto someone at a later date. Can I justify £300 now as an expenditure? No. Can I justify it as an investment for a potential family heirloom, be it my own or my brothers, maybe.
Holiday to Dublin
My friends fiancée has booked a trip to New York in November and has now just booked a trip to Paris as well. Both of which are with her friends. My friend has suggested that we do something similar, a trip for him and I and possibly one other to Dublin. Go to the Guinness factory, explore a little, drink a few pints and have a generally good time. At a guess this jaunt will cost around the £500 mark for lodging, exploring, drinking and spending money. Ireland isn’t a cheap holiday. That said nothing is really a cheap holiday. I have never been away with a friend before out of the country, it has always been with family. Hell, I’ve never been away inside the country with just my friends to explore somewhere. This will be a new experience and will be something quite cool to say I have done. Can I justify £500 for an experience and to get drunk? Maybe.
I have curtains in my room mounted on a pole which is offset from the wall. Light gets in and I always know when the sun is up, because though my curtains are relatively thick, the light shines up through the gap and wakes me up. I have a cheap solution to this already: a £4 eye mask. I wear it on my face and bang, instant darkness. It does the job and makes it dark so I can sleep at night. The problem is I lose it in my bed and the can’t find it, so use a T-shirt which inevitably falls off my face as I roll around in my sleep and I wake up at dawn. New blinds would cost me around £75 and I would fit them myself. Can I justify £75 when all I need to do is just be more sensible and the mask at night? No.
New Soles on my Timberland Boots
My ex girlfriend from university bought me these. I tend to refer to them affectionately as My Babies. They were £185 and are nubuck brown with light brown stitching and a brown sole. I love these boots to death. If they could talk they could tell you a hell of a story about me and the things I have done. I am a cathartic person and when asked why I still wear them I say “Every time I put them on I think about walking on her face”. A little light hearted dark humour at her expense. I have had them since 2010 and the sole has been seriously worn. To resole them would cost £50 because of the fact that a local cobbler cannot do it; it has to be sent off to Timberland themselves to redo it with an official sole properly. The thing is will I lose the memories of the shoe by resoling it? Am I editing an original and so making it worthless in my memories. I might ask if they can send me back the original soles as well. That might sound weird, but it makes sense to me. £50 for a new sole, new lease on life for these boots and many more years of walking in them? Yes.