Splurge. It’s Okay.

Nathan was headed out to Kragen’s the other day to buy some items for his car.  He loves his car and spends a lot of time…and money…on it.  I don’t know where this kid came from.  The rest of us look at cars as a tool to get us from point A to point B.

I asked Nathan why he didn’t get his supplies at Walmart which I was sure would be cheaper.  “Yeah, I know Walmart is cheaper.  But I love talking about my car to the people in Kragen’s.  They’re extremely helpful and know what I’m talking about.  They even installed my new windshield wipers the last time I was there.  For free.”

I’ve always taught my kids to be savvy shoppers.  Shop sales, I tell them.  Compare prices, I add.  Getting value for your dollar is important, I stress. 

But my little conversation with Nathan reminded me that sometimes spending a little extra in order to receive a little extra, is not a bad thing.  In fact, it’s a good thing.  We should splurge a little on the things that are important to us, as long as we don’t overdo it.  And most of us know where that line is.

Before Nathan walked away with his coveted car supplies he added, “Oh, and I love drooling over all the other stuff they have in the store.”  Made me think his (eventual) girlfriend is going to have to be a little understanding.

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