I'm cheap. I rarely buy new clothes, shoes, socks, and other necessities. When something breaks around the house, it can take months before I finally convince myself to shell out the money to replace it. I'm too much of a tightwad to spend money on cable. The other day, I bought a shirt on sale for $5! And I spent the rest of the night feeling guilty for spending $5 on clothes.
But I don't think twice about paying $5 for a delicious vanilla soy latte or $20 to $30 on one restaurant meal with wine or beer. I surely didn't have a single guilty thought about forking over $6.50 for this small loaf of vegan Garlic-Herb Foccacia from Lady Bugg Bakery in Midtown's Yolo yogurt shop:
I wasn't sure how much the loaf would cost when I brought it to the register. Though it was marked with a "6" sticker, I didn't realize that was a "6" or that $6 could possibly be the price. I had gone into the vegan-friendly bakery for a strawberry cupcake (which was delicious!) when I saw the red "vegan" sticker on the savory foccacia bread. When something is labeled "vegan" in a place that isn't exclusively vegan, I have to have it right away. The cashier could have told me $10 and I would paid that too.
When I got the bread home, I heated a small piece and bit into a garlicky piece of vegan heaven. Worth every precious penny, and so much tastier than that $5 shirt. Granted, the bread is gone now, and I still have the shirt. But delicious food makes for cherished memories for me.
Does that make me a foodie? If so, I promise I'm not the pretentious gourmond foodie type. I just enjoy the taste of good vegan food more than just about any other life experience. I live to eat.
Do you prioritize food spending over spending on other essential items?