Lots of things changed for me after becoming a mom. No more last-minute outings with girlfriends. No more rolling out of bed at noon on Saturdays. The one thing that didn't? My need to shop. I'm not ashamed to admit it. So needless to say, the holidays are my favorite time of the year. And though I don't have a lot of spare time to hit the brick and mortar stores, online shopping has kept my boot obsession going. I'm not alone. A survey by The Prowl revealed that nearly half of all moms prefer shopping on the web. I even have apps for a lot of my favorite boutiques. And it's not just about me. I love picking out presents for my husband and son. Though I do spend a heck of a lot more on one of them. Which makes me wonder -- is the price tag a clear indication of whom I love more?
It's a fair question. You spend more dough on gifts for people you like more, right? While that always grumpy aunt gets the cheap, drugstore bath set, the cool, I-can-tell-her-anything aunt gets the gorgeous necklace. Hey, admit it. I know it's not just me.
So when it comes to purchases for my husband and son, I find that I spend tons more on my kid. Tons. But I may be alone in that habit. The Prowl survey also found that moms spend an average of $224 for each child and $221 on their significant other. Hmmm. What does that say about me.
I wouldn't say I love them both the same, but I always thought I loved them equally. I can't imagine the world without either. Yet I am so much more giddy about lavishing my kid with cool stuff than my hubby. Though I wonder if I would be hurt if he had the same philosophy. Probably. Double standard, I know.
I am going to blame it on maternal instinct. My husband is awesome, but he is a grown man. It's my job to make the holidays magical for our son. There is nothing like seeing him jump up and down or those gorgeous brown eyes grow big as saucers. It's all about the kid at Christmas. Sorry hubby, those are the breaks.
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I create a special savings account
I put a little away at a time
I cut corners until I can afford it
Save? Who has money to save?
I plan to put it on my credit card and love the benefits of the reward program