Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Things worth splurging on

In our house, we live on a budget. Not a crazy, super tight, no one is allowed to have fun budget, but a budget nonetheless. Our budget has "fun money" built in to it so we can go out to dinner, buy fabric (though Zac doesn't really buy fabric - he plays golf), etc.

I think we live pretty frugally. We don't buy many things we don't need, we clip coupons for grocery shopping, and we don't buy anything we can't pay for immediately.

That. Being. Said. There are a few things in this world that I will splurge on. Where it's worth it to me to spend the money to get higher quality products. Some of these things might surprise you, and I'm sure this list is different for everyone, but here's my list of things worth splurging on.

1. Bedding.
I know that nice bedding is expensive, but to me, it's worth the cost. We are talking about something that you will spend 7-9 hours of your life wrapped up in every single day. It should feel nice, you should love it, and to me, it's worth splurging on. The upside, of course, is that nice bedding lasts longer and you'll have to replace it less often.


2. Fabric.
Quilting and sewing is my favorite hobby because it lasts forever. Honestly, if I'm going to put the time into creating something for someone else, I don't want them to eat it. Or open it and throw it away. I want it to last for a long time. If I'm going to put the effort and expense into something, I want it to last. Which is why I'm willing to splurge on quality fabric.

This is not my stash. I wish. Came from here.

3. Dog food.
Weird, right? We feed our dog this all natural organic crap that I can't believe we pay a ton of money for. But... I just don't feel right feeding him something where the main ingredient was "chicken byproducts," which is what the first food we bought said. And, the better the food, supposedly the better behaved dog you'll have. Our dog is (usually) very well behaved, but I'm not taking any chances!

4. Pots and pans.
Zac got most of our pots and pans before I ever met him, but I'm an All-Clad convert. They are crazy expensive. Ridiculously expensive. But you only ever have to buy them once. Our stainless steel pans should last us the rest of our lives. Winning.
Ours are slightly more loved and less shiny than these bad boys.

5. Clothes.
This is definitely evolving as I get older. Now, it's important to me that my clothes fit well and last a long time. I am willing to invest some money in pieces that fit well, flatter my body, and are classic additions to my wardrobe (like a great black suit). I don't spend much money on "trendy" pieces, half because I admit that I'm just not trendy, and half because they tend to fall apart after one or two wears. Now, I need to say that I still buy all of my nicer clothes on clearance or sales!

6. Our cleaning lady.
I will give up cable before I give up our fantastic cleaning lady. Yes, we pay her a lot of money, but coming home to a perfectly clean house every other week is worth every single penny. We (I - Zac doesn't really care) had to accept that we were never going to be able to keep our house as clean as we wanted to. Plus, I hate cleaning. And I'm not very good at it. But it stresses me out to have a dirty house. This money is a contribution toward both a clean house and maintaining my sanity, so worth it to us.

What items do you splurge on? Is there something that's expensive but you just can't live without? What are you not willing to cut from your budget, no matter what?


  1. Perfect timing for my "holy crap we are spending way too much money!" mindset right now. Thanks for reminding me to focus on things that are worth the extra money!

    On a side note, when Santana had her tummy issues, we tried switching her to one of the $$$ natural foods...she wouldn't touch the stuff! The only thing she would eat and keep down was Purina. Our wallets said thank you!

  2. I definitely agree on the bedding and the fabric! My bedroom is my sanctuary, and I love being in it when it's clean and the bed is made pretty (and my hubby will relax with me too). Cheap linens, although you can find some that do look really nice, don't feel really nice. I don't sew quilts, but I do sew clothing, and again, if I'm going to put all that work into something to wear, I don't want a cheap fabric that's going to feel icky or wear poorly.

    My personal expense? I get my hair done every 8 weeks at the salon. I've tried home dying kits and the more cost saving salon's, but I never like the way it turns out! I figure if that's my one luxury, I'm doing well!

    I'm jealous the maid! :) With four kids though, lol, I've given up on the thought of a spotless home until a few leave the nest. What a wonderful treat for you and your hubby!


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