I recently landed a really cool job. After three months of looking and hoping, it finally happened. And the minute I got the offer letter, all I could think was, “What am I going to buy with my first paycheck?”
A week later, I still can’t decide. My Xbox has been broken for about a month and I’ve been wanting to finish Skyrim (I know, I take forever with video games). I can finally afford to buy comics weekly, but I still have a bunch that I haven’t read yet. Or maybe I’ll go out for a fancy dinner and over priced drinks? I can’t decide. Everything sounds so good.
The hardest part is that I feel like I have to do something cool with my paycheck, but there is nothing that I really need. I just bought a computer a few months ago, my car is only a year old, and I have a ton of cool stuff to keep me entertained. So what more do I need to waste money on?
My conscience wants to save up for the more important things in life — like travel, food and beer. But is it necessary to treat myself? Do I deserve to go somewhere cool, buy something new or do something I’ve never done before?
I was very lucky in my unemployment. My birthday fell in the middle of it and I had already planned a trip to Ireland and Spain when I was working. My dad and I share a love for beer, so my thirst for craft brews never went unquenched. And several of my friends were in similar situations, so we did things on the cheap.
But then I came to the realization that I don’t need to spend my money on myself. I should spend it on the people who helped me out most when I needed it. My parents, who told me that “just because you’re not working doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun.” My sister and brother-in-law, who took me out to bars and concerts and helped me pay when I couldn’t. And my girlfriend, who covered me on vacation a few times. I owe them much more than my first paycheck can provide.
Then again, there is that Death Star LEGO set that I’ve always wanted ...