I have to think on this one. Probably I splurge on....
1. Izzi getting groomed and the vet's (which really is important)
2. Taking my kids out to eat
3. Helping my kids when I can
Now what do you splurge on?
Quilting fabric from quilt shops.
Spending too much time here and buying online when it is cheaper and better selection
Spending time and $$ on my stamp collection
Going into certain stores just to look around.
Really good shoes
Really good mattress
Mostly I'm a cheapskate and shop garage sales and flea markets.
I too have to watch my budget but if I see a bargain, I'd jump on it. I guess, that wouldn't count so much as splurging for most folks but for me, it still is on a fixed income. I won't mind spending money on:
Machine knitting supplies
yarn, plants and food.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Good paper towels, toilet tissue and "Kleenex". I have to have Puffs
cruising and have a stateroom with balcony
eating my main meal out daily
treats for my one and only grandson
Really don't think I'm splurging!
A high-end sports gym
fresh fruits and vegetables.
entertainment (tickets to The Book of Mormon, season tickets to women's basketball @ Iowa State, etc.)
In the words of Erasmus: "When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."
Eating out (usually just once a week)
Nicer towels and sheets
Books (probably not really a splurge since I only buy a couple every few months)
Marilyn 2 of mine are the same as yours, helping my kids if I can or see something they might need and treating them to meals when I am with them.
My third is treating myself a few times a year to 2-3 days off on a mini vaca~~I love hoteling;)
Well... This year it's home renovations. We just gutted and finished our kitchen a few months ago. Not exactly by choice, but that nightmare is over.
2. When I get motivated, my hair. I have 3 different colors woven in and it's usually around $160.00.
3. Fresh fruits and veggies, fresh herbs and leaner cuts of meat. I still buy a few "junk foods" like a slice of cake here and there but we eat fairly healthy.
Too many drinks at Sonic
Helping our kids out every once in awhile
too much "shopping" at junk and thrift stores
Flowers, floral supplies
Nurseries in the spring
Books, most at library sales and yard sales, but still too many
Grocery store when I'm hungry
Fabric for quilts
Embroidery patterns and supplies
Technology (computers, televisions, etc.)
Husband- woodworking stuff, eating out, magazines.
Me- Books, shoes, clothes.
3. Pedicure in the spring so I can break out the flip flops.
1. cut flowers - always have a vase of fresh cuts
Doesn't sound very exotic, does it?
Can't think of anything other than food. Secure feeling having a full freezer and pantry.
Wonderful cheeses and wines
Egyptian cotton sheets
Really good ribeye or Prime Rib....
1. helping our daughter
2. getting my nails done
3. craft supplies
-Postcrossing (sending postcards to people around the world)
-gifts for family and friends, mostly for Christmas and birthdays
-cellphone/internet/cable tv fees
Living in the country so I have no near neighbors.
Flea markets, yard sales...altho I haven't bought much in the past year or so, but I look for things for my house.
Plus...I agree with Angelaid.
10% cream (which is called "Half and half" for whatever reason is beyond me) for my coffee.
Will have to thik about what else.
Mechanic told me my 24-year-old car wasn't worth fixing ... so I bought an '05 Chevy "Cobalt", just under 100,000 km. (62,000 mi.) from a long-term friend who fixes 'em. Standard transmission, that uses slightly less fuel ... so I can coast up to traffic lights when they turn yellow (and down hills, when no one's behind, ready to crawl up my tailpipe).
Getting near closing time ... and I have some other chores to do ... so will have to think later.
Camera equipment and printing supplies
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Estee Lauder Perfectionist serum (even from eBay it's a splurge for me)
Starbucks...every workday morning..believe me, I NEED it
Vanity! Clothes, shoes and my hair (cuts and color). My yard seems to be costing a lot lately, redoing plantings etc.
Rubber stamp stuff
Used to be books would top the list. Now I get lots of free ones for the Kindle Fire! So I spend less there. But I do buy some. And I will be replacing some of the purchased books that I read over and over with the same titles for the Kindle. That will get expensive! I have at least four authors whose series I love. I read them all over again at least once a year. I am getting a craving for a couple of them again, so I will probably be putting the kindle down or buying them for that shortly!
Air conditioning for comfort, even at night
pedicures now and then
I could pay less for hair coloring and cut.
I could stay at home all winter instead of flying to Maui.
I could live in a smaller house on a road realtors don't describe as 'coveted'. (LOL)
Butter for baking (I bake a lot)
Nutrel Fine Filtered Milk - costs up to $3 more per bag or carton (has a longer shelf life) so maybe that is a saving
Treats for my dog and cat
What Jodi said....
1. gas for the motorhome, we like to travel
2. gas for the motorhome, they don't get good mileage
3. gas for the motorhome, I try not to think about the cost
My Birkenstock shoes...
Jewelry (cheap costume, not real stones)
I'm quitting shoes as of now. With my new back diagnosis, no heels over 1" BIG wah! How am I ever gonna get to wear hot pink stilettos with ankle straps again?
1. Morning coffee at a diner.
2. Get 2 newspapers delivered.
3. Soft touch to my 2 daughters-one spent $534 on a pair of boots using my credit card. Christmas might have to be scaled back...
Hmmm, I think I need to add what jkayd said! At the price of gas, a 75 gallon tank, and anywhere from 5 to, if we are very lucky, 8.5 miles per gallon, that can be a big splerge when traveling! I think DH figured we have to be gone about 2 weeks before it balances out cost wise to traveling without the RV and using hotels and eating out.
Robb, wear them only when sitting and hold your feet up so you can admire them! Better yet, put them on and lay on the couch with your feet up on the back of it and admire them! Sorry to hear about the back diagnosis, tho.
Bras, just spent $92.00 on one yesterday but totally worth keeping the southbound girls in the nuetral zone. Estee Lauder moisturizers/overnight serums etc. Good meat. Just went to Shipshewanna a couple weeks ago for our winter supply.
very very expensive vitamins and supplements...worth it!
Yarn..I'm kinda a yarn snob
Roving to spin yarn
Treats for grand kids
good shoes..and more of them
have a cleaning person come on a regular basis
1) Pet. A lot depends on what you consider a "splurge". I consider it something you do or have that you don't really need to survive. Something you could easily get along without. I don't consider vet bills a splurge, I consider them required for responsible pet ownership, however pet ownership is a splurge.
2) DSL internet. Although many would argue they couldn't live without the internet, I'd suggest they could. There's free internet available but I do enough research that I recover the cost of a lot of my internet cost so the splurge isn't that great.
3) Bottled water and tea. I have problems with this one, since technically it's a "splurge", but OTOH, I generally save way more by carrying it with me so I don't splurge on beverages when I'm out and about. So 10ÃÂ¢ a bottle for spring water often saves more than the cost. That wouldn't really be a splurge. Probably should be considered an investment yielding dividends! Given that a couple purchases, sometimes even one purchased beverage somewhere can offset a month's worth of spring water or more. On second thought, I'm striking that one. That *is* a money saver.
3) Occasional meal out. I don't do the fancy meals out. $10 is usually going to include meal (unless I make the 5 disappointments mistake! LOL) and tip since I often forgo a fountain beverage unless it's at the buffet where I get coffee, tea, milk and pop or other drinks all for one price should I so choose. Yeah, that's more of a splurge by definition than the spring water.
When it comes down to it, cars, even electricity, computers, cell phones, TVs, ipods, etc, etc are all splurges for most people. Hiring people to do things is usually a splurge too.
Thanks Tami! I may have to find glass cases for them and display them. I can't throw them out! Just can't.