Am I the only 47-year-old man that goes into a tailspin when he’s given (or wins …ahem …yes, I won!!!) a $100 Visa Gift Card? It’s like gold. It’s found (won) money that can’t be deposited into a bank. It can’t be invested. It must be spent. But how should it be spent?
Immediately my mind goes to the question, “what have I wanted for a while but really isn’t worth the money?” Things like replacing the shattered screen on my iPad? A new Peter Grimm hat? Maybe new bedsheets as a little surprise to my wife and I …been thinking about going with bamboo-based sheets. Or do I treat the family to a movie (Mulan on Disney+) and dinner (Thai food …yum)? Or maybe I just give the $100 to my wife and say, “apply this to groceries,” because it hasn’t been the best year financially? I need some new eye serum moisturizer …the stuff I like isn’t cheap and I probably don’t need to spend that much on wrinkle-reducer for my forehead and, let’s be honest, none of it probably works, anyway. Or do I save it and give it as a gift to someone …maybe my daughter for her Spring Break and a reward for a hugely successful high-school career? $100 would mean much more to her, right? Sure would make me a great father for a few minutes.
The choices and options are endless. That’s why I keep a list, actually, of stuff I want, where I recently added a salad spinner, knife sharpening steel, and the bamboo sheets. Just think about it …we spend 1/3rd of our lives sleeping …why not make it heavenly?
Does this say I’m indecisive? Does it say I’m vain and materialistic? Does it say I’m greedy? Honestly, if you’re a psychologist and reading this, what does this say about me?
I guess what I’m asking is this …what would YOU do if you won (did I mention I “won” this …in a competition …sorry to brag) a $100 Visa Gift Card?
No matter what it says about me and my personality (flaws), it’s fun, anyway.