So D and I have always budgeted for gifts (as in we decide ahead of time what we can spend). Now I know some who absolutely hate this idea. Fair enough. D and I are far from poor but even further from rich. Budgeting gifts ensures two things: no one is expected to go overboard, and both gifts are approx. the same (i.e. I am not buying him a tie and he buys me a diamond bracelet!). Now that said, I have on occasion gone a bit overboard. We are saving up for a weekend away so we wanted to do a minimalistic Valentine's Day. Originally we weren't even going to get each other gifts. But then D said he wanted to so our $10 budget was born.
Now D has been experimenting with beer lately. Don't get the wrong impression! He isn't drinking lots of beer and he isn't even drinking one a night. Rather, he talks to Parth, a nice guy at our local liquor store who is knowledgeable about beers. D has decided he dislikes lagers, but likes stouts. Dislikes pale beers but likes dark ones. So I had the idea to go to the store while D was in class and pick up a stout. I even made a point the other night of confirming he liked lagers (knowing it's really stouts!) to throw him off the scent. I got to the liquor store, told Parth what I wanted and he immediately knew which beer was for me. The price tag I saw said $10.99. Not too bad. So imagine my surprise when we got up to the cash register and I realized the beer was about $18.00. Now I could do one of two things. 1. I could say that is too expensive or 2. I could go ahead and buy the beer. As you will note from my haircut fiasco, I am not one likely to speak up (though the situation does arise from time to time). So purchase the stout I did.
D texted me while at work asking if I wanted to do a late dinner. I am heading out meet my hubby and go to dinner (chinese ... our fav!). Afterward, I will present him with his beer. I'll let you know how he likes it!
Ps. D texted me that my gift is hidden. So here I sit ... alone in our home ... tempted beyond belief to locate the secret gift. But I don't. I am being good! I will let you know what I got!
What did you get for Valentine's Day??