In my professional opinion, it’s perfectly fine to splurge once in awhile

by Melody on August 28, 2011







I love to hear all the different tips and tricks you have for saving money. When one of my readers commented that she spent a lot on a pair of high quality jeans, but still saved money and got a good deal, it got me thinking.

Obviously, it’s no secret that I am a coupon shopper and am quite frugal by nature, but there are definitely some items I splurge on and have no problem paying a little extra for.   I thought it might be beneficial to share the fact that I do spend money.  I don’t have a coupon for everything.  I am willing to pay for quality items that will last.  As long as I am saving money in as many areas of our life as possible, I feel comfortable spending a little extra in others.

I will spend money on jeans.  I have long legs and struggle to find good-fitting jeans, so when I find a pair that fits and fits well, I snatch them up.  I would rather pay a lot for one good pair that will last me a long time, then pay next to nothing for a few pairs that don’t fit well and will have to be replaced after a few months.

I pay to get my hair highlighted and it’s not cheap.  I have tried coloring my own hair with disastrous results.  To be perfectly honest with you, getting my hair done is one of the few times I get away for some “me time”.  I grab a coffee on the way and just sit back and relax for a few hours.

We love to attend sporting events.  We go to Seattle Mariners games (check out my tips on saving money at the ballpark), we tailgate for WSU Cougars football.  We try to do our best and save money where we can, but tickets alone for these events are nowhere near cheap.

We definitely allow for a few splurges when we are on vacation, not to mention the fact that we actually GO on vacation, which in itself is not super frugal.  We don’t go anywhere fancy or eat anywhere with a dress code, but we do enjoy ourself.  We only plan trips that we can pay cash for and we only use cash on things we do on the trip, but we try really hard to do a few things each year, either with our kids or without.  I love to save money, but I refuse to feel buyer’s remorse for a $3 snow cone that made my kids (wait, my husband) quite happy.

Your turn.  What do you consider a “splurge” in your life?

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