I just received $120 from an old friend of Mom’s for my graduation. I don’t know the old gentleman (OG) very well, although my biggest impression of him is how independent he is, as a ninetysomething. Definitely inspirational.
Anyhow, the money will go into my big pool of money (well, or not so big, depending on how you look at it). I feel the need to put the entire amount into my Emergency Fund. Even though money is money – all interchangeable here – I still feel some sort of obligation to use gift money, especially from the elderly, wisely.
I came really close to buying a $50 sweatshirt today, but finally decided that because I can find equally nice and quality pieces for half the price, I really shouldn’t spend so much money (especially not OG’s gift money) on an over-priced sweatshirt.
It’s not the most rational of feelings (I doubt that OG will descend upon my front door with a disapproving frown if I used the $120 for a big sushi blowout), but I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way.