What a thoughtful piece, Meghan. I am similar in that I will deny deny deny myself things and then, like a dam bursting, I buy! All! The! Things!
This weekend was one of total indulgence. I went to the beach with a girlfriend, ate a lot of seafood, drank some fruity drinks, and spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday covered in sunscreen, salt water, and sand. Lodging was $125, food and drinks were probably $110, sundries at the drug store were $10, salt water taffy + postcards were $9. Friend chipped in for gas, so that was covered. Got home and bought some veggies, $11, at the grocery store, to make amends with my arteries.