I categorize my spending into two groups: fun money and un-fun money (and yes, I know - Dave Ramsey would not approve). It is probably a good thing my husband manages our finances.
Any-who, as you could probably guess, fun money is way more rewarding to spend than is un-fun money. I consider fun money to be money used towards new clothes, new jewelry, a new couch, a vacation, a pedicure, etc.... Un-fun money, on the other hand, is spent on items like: a new dishwasher because ours broke (last week); a new toilet because ours wouldn't stop leaking on the floor (us last week also); having a tire replaced because I was going too fast and hit the one spot in the curb that had a sharp point (you guessed it...me last week). Needless to say, last week was not a "fun" week. Sigh.
Whenever I can, I like to save that un-fun money for something fun later on. This is why I love good tutorials on do-it-yourself home repairs and have created a "clipboard" on the Hometalk website with 20 great home-type repairs I can easily do myself. Now I can put that money that I would have used on repairs toward that hot stone massage I want!
If you are not familiar with Hometalk, you are missing out. In their own words, "Hometalk is the largest home & garden knowledge hub on the web. It's fueled by the firsthand experience & advice of hundreds of thousands of home enthusiasts and professionals."
Not only are great ideas and good information on this site, but I can do a quick search if there is something in particular I am looking for. One feature I love is that I can even ask questions if I need help or specific ideas. I can't do that on Pinterest! If I see somethings I like and want to be able to come back to later, I can create online clipboards, then "clip" anything I want to keep track of.
Go check out my Easy DIY Home Repairs clipboard, then take time to look around Hometalk. And if you feel so inclined, follow me there!