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Old 04-23-2019, 01:49 PM
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Everyone has something they splurge on. I choose to do my own nails, dye my own hair, drive a no frills vehicle, and skip happy hours after work. I choose to splurge on buying organic groceries and going on vacations once or twice a year. That means more to me than a mani/pedi every two weeks. What is your splurge in life?


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Old 04-23-2019, 01:53 PM
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An orchestra subscription with great seats, plus dinner at a favorite restaurant for us... a dozen lovely evenings each year.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:00 PM
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Now that I'm retired I splurge on too many things: eating out, clothes, travel, and a new car. For years I was very frugal and mostly bought for our sons. It's nice to be in this chapter of life. I do still dye my own hair and only get pedicures a few times a year.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:01 PM
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Great question! I am still frugal in many ways, but now I splurge on:
*a personal trainer (for 1 hour, 2x a week)
*house cleaners (every other week)
*gifts, tips, donations
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:03 PM
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I guess my "splurges" are getting takeout, shopping, and live performances. I don't necessarily dine there. I prefer to bring food home and enjoy it in the comfortability of my own home. I love shopping for clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. I haven't gotten sunglasses in a LONG time.

I've been to a live performance about every month since Nov, so that's the most often I've ever gone in a short time.

I get organic foods regularly, but I don't personally consider that a splurge.

I don't drink (alcohol or coffee), get massages, or facials, and hardly ever get manis/pedis or get my hair done.


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Now that I am retired..
Old 04-23-2019, 02:16 PM
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I am more of a tight wad than I used to be. However, I will bake and bring homemade treats every week to my former coworkers. Baking from scratch isn't cheap especially with the price of butter and vanilla. Plus, I just had to have an instant read thermopen. Yes the accurate one that tells the temp in less than 10 seconds and will keep working even if you drop it into boiling water. Yeah, no one else really needs that. The cheap ones work too.

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Old 04-23-2019, 02:25 PM
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I splurge on good fitting shoes, clothing, and my pups.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:33 PM
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My splurge is art classes and art supplies. I love fusing glass, mosaics, painting pottery, creating board signs, sculpting with clay and painting.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:42 PM
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Books. When I was going through a bad bout of anxiety several years ago, and I realized that the pressure of getting to the library to return books, having to start and finish a book by a certain deadline, etc was just making me more uptight, I decided to let go of the guilt and buy the books I want. I let them sit on my nightstand till I'm ready to read, and if I want, I feel free to put a book down in the middle and pick it up whenever.
Now, this doesn't mean I buy piles and piles of books. I prefer quality to quantity and I pre-order books from a few select authors or get recommendations from people who have similar book taste to me. Some books I keep, but I mostly pass them along to my sister (she lives abroad and doesn't have easy access to books in English).
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:54 PM
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most of my splurge money goes to books


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Old 04-23-2019, 02:56 PM
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My biggest splurge is a house cleaner twice each month.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:01 PM
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Trips to the beach, personal trainer, and eating out are my splurges.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:06 PM
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1. Massages once a month

2. NFL Football tickets (good seats)
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:19 PM
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I splurge on my 3 grandkids, ages 8, 10, and 13.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:28 PM
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Yarn. I splurge on yarn.

And nice crochet hooks.

And lovely patterns to make.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:28 PM
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Pre divorce:
Maid once a month
Starbucks everyday
Hair coloring every 12 weeks
Better tickets for venues
Eating out every Friday and Saturday

Post divorce:
Starbucks 5 days a week
Eating out a couple times a month
With the help of my parents, a brand new home
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:33 PM
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Lately, I've been splurging on enjoying nature-appreciating the awaking of plant and animal life that comes with the spring season. Ö. sound corny, but I am trying to become more aware of simple pleasures.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:41 PM
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I currently splurge on my grandaughter and adult children however I do get my roots taken care of every 8 to 10 weeks.DH is the grocery go getter and he splurges on the quality of meat and veggies.
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:10 PM
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Now that we are empty nesters with no house or current car payments, we splurge on going to Bermuda every couple of years. We still stay in an air bnb to make it more affordable ( and give us more space and privacy than a hotel room) I am actually here right now on April break
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:31 PM
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Now that I'm retired, it's pajama bottoms. (I still like my t-shirts for tops, though.) Also Edy's frozen fruit popsicles, especially lemon and lime.

Can't wait for summer months, though. I plan on splurging on hanging flower baskets and window boxes. I also want to create a small herb garden.

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Old 04-23-2019, 04:52 PM
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I love flowers and I love to garden. I love buying plants and seeds and have a garden full of many different perennials and change my annuals every year. I just spent a small fortune on seeds, bulbs, and plants. I just started a pollinator garden in my backyard with wildflowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I have no interest in grass. When I first bought my house I tried taking care of the grass on my own and I hated it. Now I pay someone to take care of my grass. They just came and did a spring clean up and come every week from April to October to cut my grass and do a much better job than I can and I can spend my time on my flowers.


I also love houseplants and spend money on plants, containers, and food.
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:55 PM
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Shoes. And my dog - she's spoiled rotten.

I would add books, but since we put in a little free library most of my purchases make their way out there, so I no longer consider them a personal splurge. Now it's "helping my community." My spouse just rolls his eyes.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:00 PM
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Sheets! After buying the super soft high thread count ones, I will never go back to the cheap kind again.

I would also just say food in general . I buy what I want to eat vs. trying to fit something in a budget. I'll never be that person that can make a week's worth of the same meal and eat it every day, even though that would be cheaper.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:16 PM
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We donít struggle to pay for our everyday things, so I donít mind splurging on things I like.
  • manicure every 3 weeks
  • pedicure every 6 weeks
  • monthly hour-long massages
  • good shoes
  • quality handbags
  • makeup
  • clothes
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:24 PM
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Some would consider my spending on my weaving supplies and looms to be a splurge but to me it is my therapy. I have been and can easily slip into a pretty dark place. It helps tremendously.

Our cars are ancient, I color my own hair, my nails looks like lizards nibble on them but we put a huge addition (1,600 square feet with full basement under it all) on our house a few years ago and I have a kitchen that could be in a magazine. So my mortgage payment is my big splurge. The house was payed off before we started.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:39 PM
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High quality, ultra lightweight hiking/backpacking gear. The less it weighs, the more it costs! But when everything you need is on your back, every ounce matters!

If a former student's mom didn't own her salon, I would have to skimp on my hair. She gives me an amazing deal that I couldn't afford otherwise.
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:09 PM
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I have high arches and bad feet. I must wear Clarkís and other expensive shoes or my feet pay the price.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:25 PM
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Hair, makeup, skin care. But those are necessities, I would say....

So I splurge on my grandkids. My house looks like a Toys R Us.
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Old 04-24-2019, 01:27 AM
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Shoes, granddaughter and dining out at least once weekly at a good/fine dining restaurant!
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:30 AM
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I rarely buy new clothes, never get manicures, pedicures, or massages, and get my hair cut every now and then and a perm once a year.

I tend to splurge on taking different types of classes such as improv, jazz improv, and stand up comedy. We also like to go to jazz festivals in the summer.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:52 AM
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We splurged on a second property.

That said, after a couple of years of watching our money closely, we donít so much now. We eat out when we want, although I cook most nights.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:13 AM
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manicures and pedicures
a biweekly housecleaning service
expensive workout clothes and a pricey gym
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:24 AM
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Pedicures once a month during the warm months (April-Oct)
Once a month massages (an hour for only $25!!)
Travel
Concerts
Good shoes (more of a necessity than a splurge--my old feet can't handle cheap shoes anymore!)

My next splurge will be a housecleaner in the near future.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:50 AM
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I squirrel away a few dollars each week for a season of theatre plays. They are mostly fun musicals, with a serious production thrown in each season.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:20 PM
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Is my Doberman who happens to be an AKC Champion. We go to dog shows on a regular basis, and show in both conformation and performance events. A Doberman from show lines is an expensive dog, and because they are not a particularly healthy breed, they can be expensive to maintain. But they are wonderful companions as well as very protective. I've owned four over the years. That's where most of my disposable income disappears.

Another splurge is my small mountain cabin, but I consider it a savings account that I can actually use. And books....I have several hundred.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:31 PM
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My splurges? Books, grandkids, really good haircut.

Fun thread!

Just about the time you think you know someone (l956BD), they post new info. Art sounds like a wonderful splurge!
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