TGIF: I Bought a New Bed!


Seriously, I don’t think I’ve been this excited about something in months – and it’s a piece of furniture. But let’s backtrack a bit.

I have been talking about buying a new bed since the beginning of the year. My best friend Emma says it’s been more like two years (which means she’s happy I can now stop, haha), but I know for sure that I’ve been talking about it on BoaB since at least January. From then until now, I’ve made a lot of excuses not to buy one. I don’t have the money right now, I have to pay for this or that first, and it’s just not a priority. In July, however, when I started my yearlong shopping ban, I wrote a list of a few things I was allowed to buy – and I finally made a new bed a priority, by putting it on that list.

When I started the shopping ban, I also opened a basic savings account with Tangerine and named it – you guessed it – “Shopping Ban”. Whenever I sold an item from the declutter, I immediately deposited the money into my Shopping Ban account. On top of that, I’ve secretly been putting $60/month in there, so that I’m saving the money I haven’t been spending on takeout coffee. There are a few other random amounts I’ve tossed in (which I’ll share next week, when I do a 3-month check-in), and less than 3 months later I had:

Now, I had fully intended on saving all of this money (and more) until July 2015, so I could go on some sort of shopping spree once the ban was over. But after a week of tossing and turning, and waking up every morning with a sore back, I knew the bed situation had to be dealt with. On Sunday, I went to the Sleep Country that’s just down the road from my place, tested out a bunch of beds and found one I loved. I knew it would likely cost me at least $1,000, but I was blown away when the salesman offered it to me for just $905.

And by blown away, I mean I basically just handed him my money and said: yes please, now thanks.

With all taxes in + a $10 fee to recycle my old bed, the bill rung in at $1,024.10. I swiped my credit card (that’s $10 cash back!), went home and drained my Shopping Ban account, then paid off the last $263.93 on payday this week. The bed was delivered yesterday afternoon and, I’m not going to lie to you guys… I’ve been laying on it ever since. There’s a good chance I’ll work from there today! And I have the shopping ban + no takeout coffee rule to thank. (And Sleep Country… they were really good to me.)

The high of my week was seeing the pain specialist my doctor referred me to months ago and finally feeling like there might be some new options for me! He injected some freezing into my lower back, which should relax some of the muscles that have been sore this whole time and then I can start to stretch them out. I’m going back for more in 4 weeks, and will continue doing this for a number of months. He also put in a req. for me to get some cortisone injections at the hospital. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go down this route, but it’s been nearly 15 months since the accident, so I think it’s time to exhaust all options.

A blog post I loved was The Crossroads of Should and Must. “If you feel a knot in your stomach because you can see the enormous distance between your dreams and your daily reality, do one thing to tighten your grip on what you want — today. Because there is a recurring choice in life, and it occurs at the intersection of two roads. We arrive at this place again and again. And today, you get to choose.”

The best money I spent was $1,024.10 on that big ol’ bed. It’s going to be worth every penny.

My plans this weekend include going to the Girl’s Night Out Comedy Show at the Arts Centre in Port Moody tonight, seeing Gone Girl in theatres tomorrow (I can’t tell you the last time I went to a movie theatre), and having individual Skype dates with both Baby Bro and Gail on Sunday!

How was your week, friends? What are you up to this weekend?