Birthday's are great for getting stuff you really want but could never get prior approval for from the master of finances.
Had I seen the two sweaters my in-laws gave me hanging on the rack I would have said:
"Oh my heavens, I need these. But alas, they are more than $2, which is my own personal limit for buying random items for myself."
Yes, I do say "alas" to myself. Sometimes.
And the hiking boots from Corey:
"Look at the absolutely fabulous boots made for hiking! Why, they are just gloriously brown! But alas, the price is high. Perhaps I should look elsewhere, garage sales, consignment stores, dumpsters..."
Oh, and then there's Elsie. My second born.