It occurred to me recently that, as much as I consider myself relatively frugal, I still have a few things that I splurge on. These are things that other people could consider unnecessary (and in some cases superficial) but that I feel bring value to my life.
So without further ado, here are five things that I splurge on (that are totally worth it!).
Post-divorce I took a hard look at my underwear drawer. It wasn’t pretty. I mean that literally: Nothing was pretty.
That’s not a big deal when it’s your husband of 10 years. But it is something of a problem as a first impression, which was bound to happen eventually. (Or not so eventually, as my quasi-cougarism would indicate.)
So rather than the usual “New people are going to see me naked” diet that happens after a lot of break-ups, I found myself in a “New people are going to see my boring underwear” situation. And decided to do something about it.
Granted, I hit some great sales, but all in all I still spent about $75 to get four new bras and a bunch of new undies. (Matching, even! Crazy notion.) While technically a good deal, it was still a splurge because I didn’t need the stuff.
Still, silly though it may be, I feel better and more confident with pretty undergarments. So to me it was worth the money.
As my mom likes to say, it’s a lot cheaper than a DUI.
But seriously, I enjoy a having some drinks a couple of times a month, and I prefer hard alcohol. That said, I don’t feel comfortable driving if I’ve had hard alcohol within the previous four hours.
So when I go to a bar or even a house party either I stick to two hard ciders, which gives me only the briefest of buzzes and also makes me feel a little bloated, or I have some hard alcohol and Uber to/from the place.
Luckily, the guy I know who throws regular house parties is only an $8 Uber fare away. But with tip that means paying about $20 to go to a party. Not frugal.
And it’s even more if I go to a bar or club downtown, which doesn’t happen a lot but does happen. Still, I enjoy these activities, so the money is worth it to me.
Each week at trivia, I order a meal. I used to avoid spending anything — though that was partly because Tim made it all so expensive — but you guys pointed out that I needed to support the venue hosting the trivia. So I saw the error of my ways.
Besides, this is generally my treat for the week. (I rarely get fast food or other takeout.) So $12 to $16 a week is an acceptable splurge.
I’ve apparently had gray hairs since I was at least 19. But I never minded them because they had the decency to stay in the back of my head where I couldn’t see them. Then a few years ago they quite rudely moved to the front where I could no longer ignore them.
I have very dark brown hair, so the gray is a startling contrast. Between that and general vanity, I like to cover up my gray hairs with a dye job. And I no longer stretch it to every eight weeks but instead go every six.
Waiting the extra two weeks meant an 14 days of self-consciously peering into the mirror to see the ever-extending grays. Doing it every six weeks means that the roots have barely started to bother me/be noticeable by the point that it’s time to go back in.
Now, I go to a beauty school, but it’s still $30 a month that doesn’t really need to get spent. Except it does because self-confidence is a huge deal. And I feel more confident with my grays covered. So once again the splurge feels worthwhile.
About two years ago, I went to Art.com (through Mr. Rebates, naturally) and bought five pieces of artwork, framed. One was a very simple frame, so it was relatively cheap. The rest? Not so much. With shipping, I spent a whopping $534.
I loved the process of selecting frames and mats because I got to play around with different colors and styles, seeing how each one brought out a different aspect of the art. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that let me feel very creative and get exactly the look I wanted.
Two of the pieces were comic book art and left with Tim. But I still have a Chagall and two Klimt pieces that I love and that make me smile every time I see them. Which, since I work out in the living room, is quite often.
So despite the heinous, wince-inducing price, I call this splurge worth it.
What are some splurges that are worth it to you?