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      Don’t feel guilty I think we all do this at one time or another. I know I am guilty of splurging on the kids. I also know your friend doesn’t help the situation.

      My mom also says go ahead and buy it or you guys have way more money than me and I buy things all the time.LOL But I have more money(not by much) because I budget and save.–Julie

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      From: pseuzanne
      Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2007 7:46 PM
      Subject: : Conflicted about Easter basket

      I feel silly even writing about this, but I figure if there’s
      somewhere I can admit to these feelings, it would be here…

      Today I went to Target with a friend to help her choose items for
      her sons’ Easter baskets. I told her I wasn’t planning to get my
      daughter (18 months old) an Easter basket. She is too young to know
      she’s missing anything, and besides she will get one at her Daddy’s

      But my friend still thought I should get her a basket, that
      it would be fun. This friend has alot more money than I do…her
      family is planning a trip to the Caribbean, where they will be
      sharing a $6,000/week villa by the ocean with another family. She
      understands that I am in a very different position, but…

      I wound up spending $33, to get:
      – plush ducky “basket”
      – plastic grass
      – stickers
      – fun toothbrush
      – sunglasses
      – a book
      – bubbles
      – watering can (for the tub and the beach)

      My daughter will love all of these things, and it is so hard to
      resist things that you know your child will enjoy. i am normally so
      frugal, part of me thinks i should keep the stuff and be ok with it.
      otherwise, i should return the stuff and be ok with not giving it to
      her. i don’t really feel great about either one.

      does anyone else
      beat themselves up with feelings of guilt when buying something,
      especially for your kids? what if it’s a rare treat? no bills will
      go unpaid due to this expenditure.

      any thoughts?


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