What Three Things Do You Think You Splurge On

marilyn_sueOctober 15, 2012

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?

Sue

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FlamingO in AR

Quilting fabric from quilt shops.
Patterns.
Gasoline. lol

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 5:54PM
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marie_ndcal

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.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 5:57PM
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arkansas_girl

Ribeyes
Really good shoes
Really good mattress

Mostly I'm a cheapskate and shop garage sales and flea markets.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:09PM
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ntt_hou

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
Cone yarns
Good food

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:38PM
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OklaMoni

yarn, plants and food.

Moni

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:51PM
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kayjones

Tropical plants
Goodwill stores
Food items

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:53PM
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patti43

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Kitchen gadgets
Good paper towels, toilet tissue and "Kleenex". I have to have Puffs

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:06PM
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glenda_al

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!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:10PM
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Jodi_SoCal

Cars
Haircuts
vacation'>Vacations

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:35PM
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dedtired

Salon
Car
Restaurants

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:55PM
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sudiepav

Cars
Coffee
Costco

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 10:03PM
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blfenton

Hair

A high-end sports gym

fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 10:06PM
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linda_in_iowa

coffee
food
entertainment (tickets to The Book of Mormon, season tickets to women's basketball @ Iowa State, etc.)

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 10:45PM
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kudzu9

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."

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:22PM
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lydia1959

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)

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:43PM
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nicole__

Camera Equip
Vacations
House remodeling/updates

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:58PM
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carol_in_california

bath soaps
coffee
vacations

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 12:16AM
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YogaLady1948

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;)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 12:21AM
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ShedTheChrysalis

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.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 1:04AM
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des_arc_ya_ya

Too many drinks at Sonic

Helping our kids out every once in awhile

too much "shopping" at junk and thrift stores

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 4:25AM
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hounds_x_two

Personal trainer
Occasional vacation
Flowers, floral supplies

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:00AM
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sleeperblues

Boots
coconut water
housing

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:11AM
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fran1523

Hair
Personal trainer
Good restaurants

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:16AM
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phyllis__mn

Nurseries in the spring

Books, most at library sales and yard sales, but still too many

Grocery store when I'm hungry

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:56AM
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wanda_va

Fabric for quilts

Embroidery patterns and supplies

Technology (computers, televisions, etc.)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 9:10AM
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thistledew5750

Husband- woodworking stuff, eating out, magazines.
Me- Books, shoes, clothes.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 9:40AM
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Lizzann_Ar

1. Grandkids
2. Kids
3. Pedicure in the spring so I can break out the flip flops.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 9:49AM
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skibby

1. cut flowers - always have a vase of fresh cuts
2. books
3. haircuts

Doesn't sound very exotic, does it?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 10:16AM
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angelaid

Can't think of anything other than food. Secure feeling having a full freezer and pantry.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 10:32AM
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Country Sunflower

Wonderful cheeses and wines
Egyptian cotton sheets
Really good ribeye or Prime Rib....

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 10:52AM
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lindaohnowga

1. helping our daughter
2. getting my nails done
3. craft supplies

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 11:26AM
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casey_nfld

-Postcrossing (sending postcards to people around the world)
-gifts for family and friends, mostly for Christmas and birthdays
-cellphone/internet/cable tv fees

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 1:12PM
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marilyn_c

Living in the country so I have no near neighbors.

Food

Flea markets, yard sales...altho I haven't bought much in the past year or so, but I look for things for my house.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 1:16PM
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anne_ct

Books...
Books...and my
Computer!
Plus...I agree with Angelaid.

Anne

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 2:27PM
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joyfulguy

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.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 7:45PM
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alisande

Camera equipment and printing supplies
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Estee Lauder Perfectionist serum (even from eBay it's a splurge for me)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:06PM
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JeanInWa

Starbucks...every workday morning..believe me, I NEED it

Steak

Ice cream

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:10PM
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jude31

Vanity! Clothes, shoes and my hair (cuts and color). My yard seems to be costing a lot lately, redoing plantings etc.

jude

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:53PM
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tami_ohio

Yarn
Beads
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!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 11:47AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Air conditioning for comfort, even at night
shampoo
pedicures now and then

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 1:58PM
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ghoghunter

Eating out
The kids
The Grandchildren

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 2:19PM
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chisue

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)

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 3:53PM
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cherryfizz

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

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 7:03PM
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chloecat

What Jodi said....

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 7:47PM
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jkayd_il5

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

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 3:45PM
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susie53_gw

My grandkids..
My Birkenstock shoes...

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 4:36PM
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rob333

Jewelry (cheap costume, not real stones)
purses
shoes

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?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 8:34AM
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jannie

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...

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 10:08AM
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tami_ohio

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.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:01AM
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two25acres

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.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 4:29PM
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Marigene

Good food
Books
Dishes

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 4:41PM
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paleblue

very very expensive vitamins and supplements...worth it!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 12:06AM
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Vickey__MN

Yarn..I'm kinda a yarn snob
Roving to spin yarn
Treats for grand kids

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 9:51AM
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cardamom

good shoes..and more of them
vacations
have a cleaning person come on a regular basis

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 2:02PM
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Cynic

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 10â 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.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 7:15PM
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rob333

Thanks Tami! I may have to find glass cases for them and display them. I can't throw them out! Just can't.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 8:04AM
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