Which I mostly use to buy toys and silly things, but sometimes I use it to buy new clothes or unnecessary-but-fun accessories, or to donate to charities/causes, or to get BOOKS, or to go on vacation.
Now that I'm officially between jobs, I can't trust that I will continue to have a disposable income, at least for a while. I got a nice severance package and payout from my unused vacation days, but I'm pretending it isn't there since I'll have to live on it if I don't get a job right away. (I have multiple interviews this week so I'm hoping at least one will shake out into a job offer.) Once I do get a job, assuming it's soon, I'll be able to treat that package like a little bonus: probably save most of it, but use it to do some things I've been putting off. Here's my shopping list for when that day comes:
- Some new work clothes
- A pair of jeans
- A couple clothing items for my mom, if she'll let me buy her stuff
- Marker refills for my Copic set
- Steven Universe Pop toys when they come out in March
- Animaniacs Pop toys that are already out
- Some shelves for all the damn toys in my room
- A SingSnap membership for my friend Paul who's losing his soon
- A belated birthday gift for Meggie
- An upgraded ukulele
- Perhaps an up-to-date computer with up-to-date video editing software
And maybe I'll get some weird candy or something. But that's about it.
It's a little weird to put aside stuff I would ordinarily just buy when I wanted it, but I'm not upset about it. This is the kind of thing I was privileged to enjoy when it was available to me, not something I just expected. I was always grateful for it--grateful for not having to worry about what purchases like this would do to my wallet, for the most part. I'm being cautious now because I no longer have a guaranteed income until I secure employment, and I'm not gonna be salty about it if it takes longer than I thought and I have to go without fun things for longer (the way I did the entire time I was working the bookstore job for six years, ya know). I'll deal.
And I'll be grateful again if I get back to having a disposable income. Looking forward to those markers. :)