While I was making a lot of money in my former job I went a little groupon crazy. Whenever something sounded remotely interesting I purchased it.
Now that I’ve taken a job that pays one quarter of what I used to make I have a super tight budget and can’t afford to spend money on all my whims. However I still have a few unclaimed groupons.
Even though I’ve stopped buying new clothes and I’ve started making my own lunch, I was able to use a groupon to take a romantic trip to Virginia. It was already paid for so it felt free and super indulgent in the face of my frugality.
On Tuesday night I cashed out one of my groupons and took a French macaron baking class at Dessert Truck. I’m a huge fan of macaroons. Those pretty pastel colors, that sweet earthy taste, that fragile shell, the gooey inside, and the melt in your mouth goodness! Oh god I’m drooling.
Now I appreciate them even more after learning how precise and unpredictable they are. Although Jerome, our instructor, did a great job of making the art of macaron baking approachable and non-pretentious, I still left thinking this is something I’ll leave to the professionals.
I probably wouldn’t have appreciated this treat if I had used the groupon when I was already being super self-indulgent. Using it this week when I was working extra long hours, and being very good about not spending money, felt like the perfect reward.
Sometimes it’s hard to justify spending your saved up money on a rainy day – especially when you don’t know how many rainy days are ahead of you. But it’s important to treat yourself well. So the next time you have a little extra money why not spend it on a future experience for yourself. You never know when you’re going to need a macaron!
p.s. French macarons are not the clunky, overly sweet coconut confections we call macaroons. They’re delicate, heavenly bites of Almond meringue. Not that I don’t like Coconut macaroons as well. I love all desserts 🙂