I’ve written before about how it’s been necessary for us to live on a strict budget with limited means right now. It’s just the season of life were in, and while we’re working hard to move past this, we are embracing a more frugal lifestyle for the time being.
However in light of last week’s post about several ways I save money, I thought it is also important to note that I do make several intentional splurges as well! They are in no way necessities, and you might not even agree with some of them. But I believe moderation in everything is very important, and that includes our budget. I don’t always splurge on these things, but occasionally I do. And I’m okay with it!
With that said, here are a few things on my splurge list…
1. I get my nails done once a month.
I know, I know. This is in no way a necessity. But it makes me happy. It makes me feel like a girl. And believe you me, there are some days I need to feel like a girl. It’s not too crazy expensive, coming in at about $40 per month. And it’s one of the few things I actually spend on myself.
2. I buy in bulk as much as possible.
This point continually keeps coming up in different forms, and it’s making me giggle. Because I truly believe it actually does save us money in the long run. With that said, there is also more of an upfront cost associated with buying in bulk. As I wrote about in this post about why I love Costco, buying in bulk has become something we must do for our family of five. So yes, I’ll willingly shell out a few extra dollars in order to buy in bulk twice per month.
3. I buy the occasional Starbucks latte.
I do love me some Starbucks. Yes, I do. Call me cray-cray, but I’ll even throw in a couple of kids hot chocolates. Sometimes a mama just needs a good latte to make it through the day. A little variety in life is a good thing. It makes me happy, and it makes my kids happy. And happy is good. 🙂
4. I buy quality clothes.
While I have in the past and actually think it can be fun, I don’t shop second hand for myself or my kids. I’ve found, at least in my part of the country, that if I wait for a good sale and use coupons, I can find some decent, quality kids clothing at a great price. One of my favorite places to buy baby and toddler clothes is at Kohls. Their quality is great, they tend to have decent sales and clearance items, and they always have coupons for at least 20% off. This means I can usually get a variety of clothing for a few dollars each!
5. We pay for cable.
Aside from our kids, who watch a few movies per week, this is not actually by choice. My husband is a huge sports fan. It’s his “one thing”. I can’t knock him for it, I have mine (See #1). Cable companies are fully aware that many people only have cable to watch sports, and therefore they work with the network agencies to show big sporting events on cable channels. Therefore making it virtually impossible to follow sports without cable. It’s sad, but true. So, for the sake of my husband’s sanity, we are keeping our cable.
I believe that moderation is an important part of humanity- this includes in relation to finances. For that reason, I believe occasional unnecessary purchases are okay- healthy even! They help keep your sanity intact and your larger, big-picture goals within reach.
What are some things you splurge on?
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