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Family COO - Let me introduce myself

December 22nd, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Hi all,
I've been lurking for sometime now, commenting when I felt I could add to the discussion. Otherwise, I was a silent member of the audience.

I'm hoping to use this blog to document my trials and tribulations. I am the primary breadwinner in the family, and I have a good job. My job does require me to travel, so the downside is I miss out on evenings home with the kids. But, my husband would say, on the upside, you miss out on evenings home with the kids. It's all perspective, I guess.

I make decent money, have great benefits and I still feel as if I'm struggling to make ends meet. I have a great retirement account and plenty of liquid funds. I just have the mindset that maybe it won't be enough. My financial adviser tells me that I will have more than enough money for retirement and that I'll likely leave money behind for my children. Yet somehow, I can't enjoy spending money.

I would love, love, love to have a LV Carry All bag but the thought of carrying a $1200 purse/tote chokes me. I would love to enjoy dinner out with my family (4 of us) and the thought of spending $80 - $100 on dinner (with tip), makes me choke.

I know that I am blessed. I just wish I could relax and enjoy what I have.

Does anyone else feel the same way?

7 Responses to “Family COO - Let me introduce myself”

  1. Wink Says:

    Welcome! I sometimes have to remind myself that it's OK to do some spending as long as I am meeting my financial goals. I try and focus on the enjoyment (of the dinner, or vacation) and not the cost.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Welcome! It sounds like you are in good shape. It is about balance. I agree with Wink, that if we are meeting our financial goals, I don't have too much of an issue buying some things. Not sure I would ever splurge that much on a tote, but if it is a relatively small percentage of income, why not?

  3. MonkeyMama Says:


  4. Carol Says:

    I don't know about the tote, but as far as dinner out with the family-- if not now, when? Anyone with kids knows how fast they grow. Enjoy them!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Can you give yourself an allowance? A small amount that is just for fun, no stressing about it allowed.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Welcome! I know I have a hard time when paying large bills - like property taxes - seeing our bank balance go down so much.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you are here!

    It is about figuring out what you have and what you need and then enjoying what you can.

    As for the dinner out -- if you can afford to do it, why not enjoy the time together and make some memories.

    And the bag -- why not put a little aside each month until you can afford it instead of one big chunk all at once?

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