We have spent some extra money this week. Pretty much the entire lot of purchases were not necessary. Emotional spending.
Yesterday, we were talking about new living room furniture. We took the slipcovers off to wash them, and WOW, our couches were bad. I forgot to take pictures before we put the slipcovers back on, but the material on the cushions is DESTROYED. Everytime you sit down, you feel it rip. The attached backs are only partially attached. Threadbare doesn't even describe them. And because the slip covers are a chocolate brown, the dye from them has rubbed off over time onto the material, which makes them look that much worse.
If we hadn't been in grubby clothes at the moment, I think we would have bought new furniture.
I think for us right now....we have hit a wall of existence. That is all we are right now. Existing. We meet the minimum qualification for things...food on the table, roof over our head, clothes on our back....but we don't LIVE. Our house is not a place we come HOME to. All we see is the old, falling apart CRAP. We have been together almost 15 years....and our stuff has been around just as long. It is worn and done....and we can't do much about it.
Using the current situation....we don't see any of this changing in the next 5 years. Even 7 years.
We are in constant CRISIS mode. We need to get into a different mode. We can't just live to fix the next problem. It is wearing us down.
Will buying new furniture fix the problem....nope. Will it make it easier to live with the problem....maybe.
All I know is that while I do believe in Dave Ramsey's idea of "Live like no other so you can live like no other," that will only work if it is for a finite period of time. If you know there is something better at the end of the tunnel and that tunnel will take 3 years to get out of...you can deal with it. But when that tunnel is so long and dark and filled with spooky stuff....you can't stay there indefinitely...you will lose your mind.
So that is where we are at. We have identified part of the problem....now it is finding a reasonable fix.