Friday, March 01, 2013
Marriage 501, Lecture 521: How we spend
Me [perusing eBay]: I think I might buy another purse.
SH: What? You already have a purse! You told me you get compliments on it!
SH: So you don't need another one. You already have one.
Me: We had a toaster oven! Yet you bought another one!
SH: That's different. I bought the new one as a placeholder until I could find a good one.
[We had a perfectly fine toaster oven that needed a tiny repair - a new heating element, but SH decided to buy an entirely new toaster oven. So he bought one at Aldi - without consulting me - and I don't like it. But I have made my peace with it and learned how to make sure that the shelf does not fall out of the slots when I am pulling something out. But hear me, toaster oven designers: I should be able to bake brownies in your product and not worry about everything falling because you didn't want to make adequate slots for the sides of the shelf.
So. I had made my peace. But then SH saw a toaster oven on woot.com and again, without my input, he bought it. A new new toaster oven. A new toaster oven to replace the other new toaster oven. This is not how My People operate. We make do with something until it is unusable any more.]
Me: We did not need a new new toaster oven.
SH: You'll like this one better. I promise. Man, I wish I had seen this price when I bought that toaster oven for my parents.
Me: I don't even want to talk about how much money you spend on your parents with no reciprocity.*
SH: Sometimes you just have to get the deal. But why get another purse when you have several good, expensive purses already?
Me: Why buy more wine?
SH: That's different! Wine is consumable.
Me: So are purses.
* They think it is reasonable to send SH a link to garden lights that cost $100 with the instructions, "This is what your mother wants for Mothers Day." My mom gets a card. His parents send us gifts like a framed photo of themselves. Deep breath. I am not going to get into this.