Now let me point out that reality and I have never been friends (unless we're talking reality TV). I have things in my mind one way and I don't like to face how things really are. This is why I close my eyes when I step on the scale at the doctor's office (and tell the nurse that I don't want to know, just in case they decide to announce it) and sometimes, I just go to urgent care where I never have to step on a scale. So, this is why I choose to do my grocery shopping at Target (and not Aldi), and why I have cable and TiVO, and why we go out to eat as much as we can. We go most movies that we want (children's movies of course) AND buy popcorn. Because even though we don't have tons of money, I still don't want to feel poor. And even though my son knows money doesn't grow on trees, I don't ever want him to feel like he went without.
This is not to say that I don't make sacrifices. I don't do that much for myself, aside from the occasional girls night out and of course my annual girls trip. And I don't buy clothes or shoes very often (and if I do, you can bet they come from Target or Old Navy - oh and I don't like going through sales racks, because that also makes me feel poor). I've had two pedicures in the past eight years and no manicures. I sacrificed my monthly massages when I bought my house. I use coupons when I go grocery shopping and stock up when things are on sale. So don't judge me for having a few extravagances (that most people probably wouldn't even consider extravagances).
Now, just because these things make me feel poor, please don't take that as me judging those who do those things. More power to you; I admire you.
This is all about me.