Jennifer, at Thursday Drive, wrote a great post about being sensitive to how many people are struggling financially these days. The discussion in the comments was excellent as well.
I was feeling a little guilty that I might have come off as braggy with my posts over the last couple of weeks about Danger Boy's birthday present and my surprise gift from my husband. Jennifer assured me that it wasn't me she was thinking of when she wrote her post. What a relief!
I did want to share some of the rationale behind our purchases--I'm not justifying--I realize I don't have to justify anything to anyone, but we actually did put some thought into throwing a little money around at this time.
We feel that since we are lucky enough to be in a position to splurge a little, we should do it--not just for ourselves, but for the greater good. It is true (they say it on Marketplace on NPR all the time), that what is good for the individual right now (saving) is bad for the collective (the economy).
We're not going crazy here--Mr. Fix-it's Explorer does have 260,000 miles on it, but a dinner out at our favorite neighborhood restaurant every couple of weeks and a new TV, those things we can do. So we are. And we realize we're very lucky.