6 Splurges Worth The Money

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.

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Skin Savers

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.

Barre Membership

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.

Continuing Education 

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 to 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.)

Trunk Club

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?


The theme of this month is "What We Buy with Our Money," I thought it would be fun to talk about splurges worth the money.

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  • Dia
    October 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    The gym is one of those things that at this stage in my life I need to pay to go. I have a gym at my apartment but it wasn’t until I started paying for it again I started going on a regular bases. Plus it also helps to have glass. I was in a car accident on the first and screwed up my shoulder, I went back in yesterday (After a two soon failed attempt) and it was nice to have the instructor be like “How is your shoulder, welcome back!”

    • Lauren Bowling
      October 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Like I always tell my coaching clients – you don’t pay to learn how to blog, you pay for the accountability. Same with the gym!

  • Claire Somerville
    October 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    My skincare! I’ve struggled with awful skin my whole life and finally found a line that works wonders for me. The cost of it made me ill to begin with but it’s skyrocketed my confidence!

    • Lauren Bowling
      October 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

      I’ve had skin troubles as well. What’s the line?

      • Claire Somerville
        October 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

        It’s the Unblemish line from Rodan + Fields (don’t worry I don’t work for them!). I was a big skeptic going into it because I’ve tried pretty much everything (Accutane, medicated creams, antibiotics, Proactiv, Clinique’s Acne Solution line, bi-weekly facials, birth control pills, the list goes on and on…) but my facialist recommended it to me and I eventually took the plunge thinking “whats the worst that could happen?”. In the first two months my skin completely transformed. I’m now at the seven month mark and I can honestly say my skin is nearly perfect! Something I never though possible 🙂

  • Jessica Laurain
    October 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

    A trip to California! We definitely watched our spending on hotels and luckily had some money savers (like delta vouchers that covered the airfare) but we splurged on fun activities and experiences like a biplane tour and a visit to feed some giraffes! Everything was worth the splurge, and we came back engaged 🙂

  • Jen @ Saving with Spunk
    October 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I feel you on this subject. Especially with the fitness classes. I did Crossfit for 2 years (until an injury) and while it’s significantly more than a gym membership, I worked out way more than if I’d been doing it on my own! It was worth the extra money for support alone. But truth be told, I just need someone to tell me what to do in the gym.

    • Lauren Bowling
      October 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      I think with classes you’re paying for accountability as well as access.

  • Colin // RebelwithaPlan
    October 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Personal finance sites should definitely talk more about splurging. I splurged on an e-course earlier this year that helped me better focus on something I needed to understood. It’s been a good investment!

    If I have the additional money, I would totally splurge on some type of meal prep service.

    • Lauren Bowling
      October 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      If I had all the money in the world I would splurge on laser hair removal. 🙂

      • Christian Gonzales
        October 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

        I recently started this thanks to groupon!! There were so many to choose from that i scoured the reviews, and in the end the best reviewed was the cheapest. To take out a waxing expense entirely (which is easily $20 a trip) forever, for no more than 3 waxing trips was a no brainer for me.

  • Stefanie OConnell
    October 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Love barre class. My other splurge is meal delivery. I’m now using hello fresh for 3-6 meals per week. The convenience of having everything portioned out and delivered to my doorstep is the best!

    • Lauren Bowling
      October 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Yum! I’m sure it’s still less expensive than eating out all the time when you’re hungry and don’t have food. <3