£50 on eggnog lattes!!! Am I Mrs Scrooge?

I’m full of the Christmas spirit – yes, it’s only November. I’m watching my swelling collection of festive films, recording everything TrueFilm on Sky has to offer in seasonal movies and Michael Buble’s new Christmas CD is now the only music I play in the car. I am the incredibly proud owner of snowflake pyjamas, two Christmas jumpers and a cardigan sporting knitted reindeer and I keep getting distracted from my MA studies by mince pie recipes on the internet. I’m also thinking about making mulled wine for the hobbits visiting from the shire this weekend and have organised my diary around the switching on of Newport Pagnell’s Christmas lights. Oh, and my reward for submitting my first MA assignment in a couple of weeks will be a visit to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

Merry Crisis and Happy New FearAll that said and done, I have a small inkling that I may be turning into Mrs Scrooge this year – ever since my husband announced he’d spent almost £50 on eggnog lattes this month and I nearly choked on my turkey and cranberry panini. Now don’t get me wrong, eggnog lattes are lush – but £50!

There’s one more pay day between now and Chrimbo and it’s just not going to cover the yuletide spending frenzy I’d like. And this year I’ve become positively anal about savings and don’t want to dip into that pot, uh uh. And I’m worried that I’ll be asking Santa for contributions to my inflated car insurance, due for renewal in January and bound to be extortionate following a recent prang. Bloody Milton Keynes and its roundabouts!

I’m also wincing at the fact that now I’m a married woman I have to cough up for extra presents, which means less money for myself. Christmas is about treating yourself, right? Oh no, it’s about goodwill and peace to all men, or something like that. Pah. We have two families to buy for and I very much like the gift of giving, even if I don’t like paying for it.

So I purposely left toilet roll off the weekly shopping list yesterday, just to save myself a whole fiver, when I’m only going to have to order it next time because loo roll, let’s face it, will always get used. Toilet roll manufacturers are never going to go out of business are they?

This time of year is also sociable and sociable generally means expensive – Christmas dos, catching up with friends over eggnog lates – and we all know how expensive that can be *coughs and points to husband*, iceskating trips, and buying useless Christmas trinkets because you’re too weak to walk past shop windows without popping in to ‘browse’.

So I guess I’m less a Mrs Scrooge – because I wholeheartedly support the feel good factor that Christmas brings – and more torn between wanting to splash the cash on having a very merry time and wanting to have something bigger than a rusty twopence in the piggybank by the time 2012 rolls around.

Someone pass the winning Lottery ticket! Santa? Are you listening?

Picture by decarr66 via Flickr under Creative Commons licence

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9 Comments

  • Reply robynbateman November 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    And this is hubby’s response: http://yfrog.com/ocpwefvj

  • Reply Review of the year: 2011 in blog posts « Robyn's Nest December 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    […] In November I begged and pleaded for people to take a look at my MA work in progress project Ralphie.co.uk and fell off my chair in shock to discover my husband had spent £50 on eggnog lattes. […]

  • Reply Review of the year: 2011 in blog posts « Robyn's Nest December 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    […] In November I begged and pleaded for people to take a look at my MA work in progress project Ralphie.co.uk and fell off my chair in shock to discover my husband had spent £50 on eggnog lattes. […]

  • Reply Five for Friday: Why I’m peeing my pants in excitement for summer « Robyn's Nest March 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

    […] year because we’ve been reluctant to spend any money (having a tight arse phase at the mo – and hubby nearly bankrupted us with his eggnog latte addiction) and free holidays don’t exist – or rather, they do, but are at my mum’s house in the Shire. […]

  • Reply Five for Friday: Why I’m peeing my pants in excitement for summer « Robyn's Nest March 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

    […] year because we’ve been reluctant to spend any money (having a tight arse phase at the mo – and hubby nearly bankrupted us with his eggnog latte addiction) and free holidays don’t exist – or rather, they do, but are at my mum’s house in the Shire. […]

  • Reply Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’ve spent more than that on coffee in a month. Therefore, in man logic you are a very lucky woman to have a husband who is so disciplined in his spending.

    • Reply robynbateman March 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I think I’m just jealous because he didn’t buy me eggnog lattes. But it sounds like coffee may be the male equivalent of shoes for women…

  • Reply Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’ve spent more than that on coffee in a month. Therefore, in man logic you are a very lucky woman to have a husband who is so disciplined in his spending.

    • Reply robynbateman March 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I think I’m just jealous because he didn’t buy me eggnog lattes. But it sounds like coffee may be the male equivalent of shoes for women…

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