I have been in the market for a KitchenAid mixer for many years now. For as long as I’ve loved baking, I’ve wanted one. And yet something prevents me from actually purchasing one – the cost primarily! At roughly $750AUD it’s an expensive kitchen appliance. And is it really that much better than the other mixers on the market?
The truth is that part of me thinks it’s an indulgent expense, and I am not sure I can justify it. Sure, I love baking, but all you really need is a wooden spoon, a bowl and some good arm muscle, and you can whip up endless batches of cakes and treats.
I never used to think this way but my husband’s philosophy might be rubbing off on me. You see he always pulls me up on ‘need’ versus ‘want’. Naturally I say I need things all the time – off the cuff. I need a new kitchen (I really do). It’s a 1980’s timber triumph, that’s the problem. It looks hideous but it’s actually in pretty good form. Timber that was built to last…unfortunately. I actually wish some of the cabinets were damaged so that it may speed up our kitchen makeover, but it’s in good nick.
So, getting back to needs and wants….
I don’t ‘need’ a new mixer. I have one and it’s perfectly adequate. But I want a better one. One of the things preventing me from extravagant expenses such as this, is since I stopped earning my own income, I now view spending differently.
We used to have two incomes and now we have one income that needs to be split amongst five. And so I need to be mindful of money. It’s been four years now since I stopped working and I rarely ever spend money on myself. I’ve been pregnant and breastfeeding for most of that time too, so I have spent very little on my wardrobe. It’s not that I feel as though I am not earning my keep. My husband may earn the money but we both view it as shared income and he doesn’t control the budget. In fact, he often refers to me as the Minister for Finance and urges me to be more relaxed about spending.
But I now question purchases, and I ask myself if it’s an essential item, or a nice to have, and it almost always falls into the latter category. Which is no fun sometimes. I remember my biggest pre-kids purchase (aside from everything wedding related) was an Italian pair of leather boots. They are exquisitely made and timeless. At $550 they weren’t cheap but I was earning a decent income and we had no other major expenses. I wouldn’t dream of spending anywhere near that amount on anything for my wardrobe now.
The fact is, that when I go shopping, I inevitably spend it on the kids. I go out looking for new shoes, I come back with fairy costumes, sticker books and more dresses for the girls! “But they were on sale at cotton on for kids” I explain to my husband later on when he asks whether they needed any more dresses!
But, back to the KitchenAid. Really I must confess that there is a bigger issue lurking in the background. I could buy one tomorrow if I wanted to, but what colour??? There are too many gorgeous colours to choose from. I feel anxious just thinking about a decision of that magnitude. You see, indecision is the true barrier to my spending. But that is ANOTHER post altogether.
Do you think about ‘need’ versus ‘want’ spending? Are you hesitant to spend money on yourself if you are not earning an income? I’d love to hear your thoughts (and if KitchenAid should happen to be following, I would happily accept a mixer to promote your product!!)