The week prior to my birthday, I had strategically placed the ads for the bike around the house where I knew the hubs would see them, and I made sure he knew to get the bike while it was on sale, so we could stick to our budget. I was even more excited when I got the bike a few days before my birthday (yay, early birthday presents!) and rode it up and down our street, like a 7 year old, riding a new bike for the first time. All that was missing were the glittery tassels, but accessories weren't in the budget.
Now...fast forward to tonight. When the hubs got home from school, he ran upstairs, and gave me a big kiss. I had just sat down at the computer to start a blog (who knew our pending conversation would be fodder for a blog post), when he handed me his old phone, with a big grin on his face and said, "Here, it's yours!"
I guess I should rewind just a little bit. You see, when I asked the hubs what he wanted for his birthday, he told me he wanted a new phone. He said it was only $150, and at first, I was like, "Nuh-uh...that's over the budget amount! My bike was only $75!" He told me that there was a $50 mail in rebate, so technically it was only $100 and he said he'd also use the extra $80 he got from family towards it, so I gave in and told him he could get the new phone. Plus, let's be honest...I knew I would get his current phone, which is a heckufa lot nicer than my li'l blackberry, so it seemed like a win-win situation. Okay, so fast forward back to tonight.
So he gives me his old phone, and I say, "Oooh, let's see your new one!" He proceeds to take this freaking nice, fancy new phone out of his phone holder and suddenly, all I can focus on is the new holder.
"Oh! Uh, you got a new phone holder too?"
"Yeah, but they gave me a really good deal on it. It was only like $25."
At this point, I'm thinking, "Well, the phone was $150 and the holder was $25, so that's not that bad. I mean, our budget was $100 and he used his extra birthday money on the difference...
Then he says, "Yeah, I got a new car charger too and had the guy at the mall put a protector shield on the face."
At this point, all I can ask is, "Well how much was that?" (Remember, I'm frugal)
"Oh, like $45 or so......" I'm sure he started to see the steam rising from my ears.
"Wait, so did you put this all on the debt card? What happened to your birthday cash? Did you just deposit it?"
"No, the phone was $175 with tax, and I used the debit card on that, and I used my cash for the accessories."
"WHA?! So you spent $250 on your birthday present?!"
At this point, all I can do is shake my head and laugh because I'm seriously baffled. I feel like I'm being punked. Here's why- I'm the type that thinks, "Hey, if I want a $100 gift and I was given $80 extra, I'll use it towards my gift so we don't have to spend the entire budget!" Instead of, "Yay! An extra $80 to spend on more presents!" Is it a woman thing? I guess I'm just more responsible that way, but lemme just tell you how frustrated I was! I couldn't believe he would have the nerve to spend that much money on a phone! Before I could get too mad, I just shook my head and stared straight ahead with a blank face. That was he cue to slowly back away and let me cool off.
At first, I was so mad, I couldn't even stand it. I mean, we're on a budget! I didn't get my bike PLUS new accessories (i.e. tassels). Just the bike. From Target. For $75. Seriously? After about 15 mintues of fuming, I slowly started to cool down. The more I thought about it, I had to give him the benefit of the doubt. I mean, the hubs doesn't go out and buy things all the time, nor does he get mad if we're out and I want to spend $25 on soap from Bath & Body Works. Then again, I also feel like sometimes he's generous like that because hes building up points toward something to buy for himself (aka a fancy phone with all the bells and whistles). Seriously though, the phone with the rebate will only come out to be about $125 (even though that's still over budget) and the extra money he got for his birthday was his to spend, but still...does anyone else see my point? Are there any other women out there who feel the same as me, in that you feel like you are the responsible, reasonable one? Heck, had I known how this would pan out, I would've gotten the nice, upgraded $150 Huffy! Okay, I probably would have still gotten the one on sale, but tomorrow, I'm going out and buying myself some glittery tassels....