With the holidays approaching (and the havoc this can wreak on your budget) it's easy to say I'll be in super saving mode from now well into January.
Since the theme of this month is “What We Buy with Our Money,” I thought it would be fun to talk about splurges – those things you know you shouldn't buy, the ones that don't comfortably sit in the budget, but you love (and buy) them anyway.
I don't think personal finance sites write enough about splurging.
It's not good to indulge in them all the time – but if we're not enjoying our money…why the heck do we work so hard?
Sometimes splurges aren't worth the money, but every so often you'll luck upon a splurge that's both decadent and a great value.
Here's what I deem to be the best purchases of my year.
The Clarisonic Mia ($219) – I've had TERRIBLE skin issues my entire life. Originally the price point of the Clarisonic kept me away, but easily this is the best thing I've bought this year. It keeps my skin much cleaner and smoother than before. Definitely worth the money, especially since it's cut my facialist visits in half.
I wrote last week about my transformation from “yoga pant couch worm” into someone who gets up and acts like they give a damn about their appearance. This has also translated into me seeking out a gym. I have a free gym in my building, but I prefer the one that has barre classes across the street…with a fancy sauna. Sure, I'm paying more than I ever have for a gym membership, but since I'm actually using it I think the health benefits are more than worth the expense.
Incredible Dining Experiences
If you follow me on instagram or Snapchat you may have seen me and a cast of characters enjoying some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. We call it our monthly “supper club” and we pick one restaurant a month to check out. We find them online, in the news, or via magazine recommendations. Sure, it gets pricey – but since it's just once a month I can plan for it in my budget and it is so.much.fun.
To save money on these experiences we try finding coupons on Restaurant.com or Living Social.
When you work for yourself, it can be hard to feel like you're learning and growing. One of the best things I've done for myself this year is invest in my own education – namely becoming a more knowledgeable and empowered blogger. Here are the courses I have LOVED this year and were worth every dime. (yes, some of these are affiliate links – but I only recommend what I really love/feel is useful.)
- Pinaffiliate Master Class by Addi Ganley
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder
- Book Boss by Abby Lawson
- Kindle Launch Plan by Nick Loper
- How I took My Pageviews from 17k to 350k
Okay, so you now know about my obssession with Trunk Club. It makes shopping so brainless and easy and I LOVE that my home shopper Courtney puts together outfits for me at no additional cost. Yes, the items I purchase cost more than I've normally spent on clothes, but they last longer and are more sustainable.
My First Big Furniture Purchase
Even though I bought my first home three years ago, it was furnished almost entirely by family hand-me-downs. I bought my first “big girl bed” (I know, that sounds silly to say) last year and a) I love how it looks and b) finally feel like I have real furniture and that I'm finally getting the hang of this whole adulting thing. My bed pictured above is by West Elm.
What's the one thing you splurged on this year that ended up being the best money you spent?
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