My bloggie-twitter friend Karen over at Verbatim wrote this great post forever-ago on what she feels it’s worth spending money and what isn’t in her life. I thought it makes a great topic. As I’m planning a pretty big expense with our upcoming trip, I’m starting to give serious thought to each and every purchase right now.
For example, I plan on forgoing my hair appointment, opting to dye it myself (my hair stylist won’t be too pleased) because the dog also needs to get groomed. I just can’t see spending the money on both of us at the same time – especially since I just bought that damn collar for him.
Another example, even though it’s spa week this week, I just can’t bring myself to splurge on a facial for $50. My skin has still not completely cleared up and I see the derm in a week or so (I think, well it’s soon anyway), so it’s almost a waste of money when I’ll just have to pay to visit him and possibly buy more meds.
Final example…pedicures. I love me some pedicures. Thing is, I love me the all out, deluxe pedicures and well, they cost quite a bit more. So to make this expense more bearable, I tend to do my own toes every other time. This way I’m only forking over the big bucks half the time.
What Do I Splurge On
- good sheets – but I always try to get them on sale
- good foundation – it really makes a difference in how it looks, feels and lasts
- good eyeliner – again, it makes a difference
- good lipstick – see above
- nice purse – I love expensive pretty purses, but I restrain myself to 1 purchase every 1-3 years
- computer & electronics – we’re a Mac house and we love it
- hair products – I know what I like and I know what works for my curly hair and it’s not the drugstore stuff
- tea – I absolutely love tea and can definitely taste the difference between quality loose tea and bagged stuff from the grocery store
- shoes – I’ve learned the hard way that sometimes, paying more for something, like shoes, just pays off in the end (and no, I’m not talking talking Manolos here, just definitely not Payless or Target)
What I Won’t Splurge On
- clothes – I just can’t bring myself to spend more than $30 for a pair of jeans
- mascara – I rarely wear makeup and well you need to toss the mascara every 2-3 months so it’s just not worth it
- books – while I love books, I try to always check the library and used bookstores first before buying
- music – we get a lot of promo and advance copies, so I don’t think I’ve bought a full album in ages
- movies – we don’t go out to the movies much and when we do we either hit the matinee, the discount theater or use a voucher or coupon. We also rent through Netflix
- car – I admit it, I love my Hyundai. It looks good, it drives well and it does everything I need a car to do for a fraction of the cost. Mind you, I’ve craved an Audi since I was a teen, but I just can’t really see me ever paying those prices for one.
These lists are by no means conclusive. Some things, like travel and food fall into both categories – for example, I don’t have a problem with more store-brand foodstuffs and can just as easily stay someplace budget over some place luxe…it just depends.
So what are some of the things you’re willing to splurge on?