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Why So Many “Days”?
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how pretty much everyone has a “day.” Has anyone else noticed that? Administrative Assistant’s day, Nurses’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, etc., etc. The cynic in me feels that Hallmark and other greeting card makers probably came up with this. Is it necessary? I don’t know. Shouldn’t we do nice things for those we love or those we work with every day? Why must there be a day for everything? I think I am feeling all “day’d” out right now because I happen to work with a nurse… and a few administrative assistants… and I have a mother. And a stepmother. And a mother-in-law. And if anyone out there knows their “days” you know that Mother’s Day is this weekend, Nurse’s Day was this week, and Administrative Assistant’s Day was a week or two ago.
Most years these “days” have not bothered me too much, and it’s been fun picking out flowers or other gifts for my various mothers. But this year I have a bee in my bonnet (gosh I’ve been dying to use that phrase for a long time!) over all the days, and in particular all these days being so close together.
Case in point: last week a co-worker suggested to me that the three of us who work most closely with the two administrative assistants on our team get them gift certificates for a restaurant for Administrative Assistant’s Day. My hubby and I are currently spending lots of money on various costs associated with our upcoming adoption and we are feeling pretty broke at this point, but I felt I couldn’t say no (peer pressure… everyone else was doing it). So I agreed. The co-worker who came up with this idea later emailed us and suggested that we each pitch in $20 per assistant and get them $60 gift certificates for one of the nicest restaurants in town. $40 each for the three of us.
I felt like this was a little steep, especially considering that the hubs and I opted to just get cards for the mothers this year- no gifts. Like I said, we’re adopting and it’s expensive and we feel broke. I was trying to figure out how to word an email back to her to suggest a cheaper restaurant or less money on the gift certificates when she wrote us to tell us that she’d already gone to pick up the gift certificates and she got them for $75 for each assistant. So the three of us would each need to chip in $50!! Unbelievable. I wrote her several snarky emails and deleted them all before I sent them. After all, I had agreed to the gift certificate idea. And I do appreciate these people. It just feels wrong to be spending so much money on them when our mothers are just getting cards this year for Mother’s Day. And at a time when our expenses are so high.
What do you think? Do you get suckered into chipping in for things like this too? Would you have sent one or more of the snarky emails?
Below are the posts we published this week:
Monday May 5- Got Gift Cards?
Tuesday May 6- May Goals and Life Update
Wednesday May 7- How to Afford a Summer Vacation
Here are some articles we enjoyed from other sites this week:
Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping Blog writes, Can You Save Money at Starbucks? -8 Ways To Make It Happen. I was immediately interested in this post, because I have to admit, Starbucks is my weakness. I try to make coffee at home most days, but once in a while I indulge. So I was super interested in reading Kyle’s great tips here!
Sam at Frugaling writes, Living in a Van to Becoming a Porn Star: Crazy Ways Students Pay Tuition. I was fascinated by this post because it’s so sad and so true. Students really do have to get incredibly creative (and apparently pornographic!) these days if they are to have any hope of making it out of school without student loans.
Danielle at SavingAdvice.com writes, 13 Ways to Make Money While Exercising. I love this post because it combines two really great things; exercise and making money! And hey, if you can do both at the same time it’s always a bonus, right? I’m all about multi-tasking…
Michelle at Diversified Finances writes, Working Smarter When You’re Self-Employed. I really appreciated this post because I have also been struggling with the constant goal of working smarter, not harder! As a matter of fact, I too have been thinking about writing a post about this one! It’s the ultimate goal for me.
Kali at L Bee and the Money Tree writes, Is Working for Yourself Worth It? Many out there know that I have been contemplating self-employment, so this post immediately caught my interest. It’s definitely worth a read!