Even the thriftiest person has some indulgence they’re willing to spend their hard-earned money on. It might be a small thing like Starbucks coffee, a special lipstick or a hobby item. Or something bigger.
I come from a frugal family — which is a good thing — and I pinch pennies and try to get the most bang out of every buck. Don’t mind being a careful shopper most of the time and buying many things used, but I’m willing to spring for a few big-ticket things that are important to me:
1) Helping my son financially. He’s working full-time on a Ph.D. and is crazy busy, but he’s a great kid who’s very smart and has a bright future — and it’s my pleasure to help when I can.
2) Traveling and vacations — like to take at least two nice vacations a year. Usually a cruise. Sometimes get a balcony cabin (big indulgence) and sometimes get an interior cabin, but the trips are always relaxing. A yearly weekend scrapbooking retreat and a couple of vacation days here and there in a Myrtle Beach oceanfront room are nice, too. Vacations make great memories (which you can’t put a price on) and they’re good for your mental health!
3) Occasional massages. Aaaahhh. The ultimate stress reliever.
4) New, high-quality couches. You can keep them a long time and get your money’s worth!
5) Scrapbooking paper. I can usually make my own embellishments, but part of the fun of scrapbooking is buying the beautiful paper.
6) Gym membership/Zumba® classes. Exercising increases your energy, improves your fitness — and it’s a great stress reliever!
If you’re thrifty, too, what things are you willing to splurge on?
I agree…there are some things that are just worth the money. Great list…I especially like the massages 🙂
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Great post!I love and agree with this, I’m the most frugal and it really pays off later! Stop by Fabulous Friday and link up your posts, starts tonight at 10pm
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I’m often teased for being cheap, but my splurge has always been good quality shoes and handbags. I don’t have excessive amounts of either, but what I do have is always the best I can afford at the time. Purses, because I love the smell of brand new leather. Shoes, because I consider feet to be our foundation and good shoes are something my feet, knees and back always appreciate.
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That leather smell is great; I agree. I’ll only splurge on a new purse every 5 years or so, but love them, too.
There’s something about massages, right? I love them but never find the time for them. Ah, some day, I hope I can.
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I’m not generally a splurger, but will do so for the occasional great coffee. 🙂
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I know it’s weird.. but I splurge on essential oils. lol They’re darn expensive and I love them so much!
I don’t splurge very often. However, knowing I was starting a new job this fall, I did go shopping at a “real” store instead of the discount store I usually rifle through for 50% off items. I have to admit, the clothing holds up a lot better. Some splurges are absolutely about quality, not luxury.
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I was just reading Rynna’s post on the Moonshine Grid about her recent 8-day trip. A splurge on travel sounds delightful. I find it’s not just about money, but about finding the time, too.
Until we find the perfect marriage of money & vacation days, we get our exploring bug satisfied with cheap road trips visiting local sites.
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