There’s a great episode of the Dick van Dyke Show in which Laura squirrels away change from the grocery budget to save up and buy Rob a present. Rob finds out, Laura cries, “Oh, Rob.” It is a very cute episode and seems so old fashioned, with the housewife at home and no income of her own.
But not so old fashioned. If you are a stay at home mom, how do you pay for a gift without your husband finding out? A few years ago, my friend confessed that she was pulling a Laura Petrie, depositing random rebate checks and change from major purchases so she could pay for her husband’s 40th birthday trip.
Part of the reason why I like to work (besides having to work in order to help afford living in our town) is to have some leeway in how I spend. Sometimes it is for myself (OK, a lot of times). Often times it is a splurge for the kids- a pair of Hanna Andersson pajamas for my daughter or some Merrell sneakers for my son that are sharper than the New Balance outlet version my husband would buy (and easier for my 3 year old to put on himself).
Recently my splurge was some gorgeous fabric from Calico Corners to slipcover our ottoman and throw pillows. Come to think of it, it would take a little forensic accounting to calculate the cost of the fabric vs. the cost of the labor (handled separately and timed a few months apart). So maybe I have some Laura Petrie in me after all.
What’s your splurge and how do you bury the costs?