Hello readers! I am back from two weeks in Europe (well, I've been back for a week, but then I had a house guest staying with me and work to catch up on.)
Also, I decided to paint my living room this weekend... I forgot how difficult and time consuming painting is. I thought I would be able to do it all in one day, but of course, it took two. And there are so many more rooms to paint before the icky brown color that currently coats the walls is all painted over.
The paint is not a "necessary" expense, since I can certainly live comfortably even if the walls are painted the wrong shade, but I am really happy I did it. I haven't bought any living room furniture yet, but I couldn't even think about what colors of furniture to get when I didn't know what color the walls were going to be. I went with a light green, which is a bit more ... luminous than I had planned (more glow-in-the-dark shade than the soothing shade I imagined), but on the other hand, the room is MUCH brighter!!
Some home expenses that were more necessary - buying a lawn mower, swing blade, and rake... the grass/weeds in the back yard were getting up to waist high in some spots, and I had to get the lawn mower sooner or later anyway. We chose a Husqvarna reel mower (no motor), hence also buying the swing blade, which will let us cut the grass down to a more manageable height before trying to push the mower through it.
The problem with trying to follow the advice of frugal bloggers like Mr. Money Mustache, is that they already have living room furniture and lawnmowers and ladders and things. I mean, I can put off buying living room furniture for awhile, but eventually it gets a bit ridiculous, and plus, then I don't want to invite anyone over to visit me at home, because where will they all sit?
Does anyone else struggle with trying to save money when you're missing things that you don't really *need* but that it's odd not to have? (Like furniture!) I've found that if I wait long enough, free things do tend to turn up...