It’s no surprise I love to save money and budget. I write about saving money and things I will NOT do to save money a lot, but there are times that I do splurge. After all, what fun is life if sometimes you can’t get the things you want? You’re never going to stick to a budget or live frugal if you’re miserable doing it.
5 Things I splurge on
I am always trying to save on clothes, but a few times a year I like to buy some quality staple pieces. If you see me around town, I’m more than likely in a pair of jeans. So I always buy quality pairs of jeans that will last me awhile. While most of the time I’m in a t-shirt there are times I need to dress up a little, so I also buy a few quality tops.I get all my other clothes for free from Thread up or thrift stores.
Purchasing a few quality pieces will cost you more now, but save you a down the road.
I always try to save money on groceries, but I don’t buy all junk. I have noticed when you go to the grocery store the cheap junk food is cheaper than healthy food. A healthy diet for my kids is important to me, so I do spend a little more on food.
I use coupons, mobile apps, and my price book to help lower my out-of-pocket. I also make a weekly meal plan that I use to plan around weekly sales and what’s in season. We eat a lot of veggies, so I like to offset the cost by growing them in my garden. Eating healthy can cost a little more, but considering the health benefits your saving yourself some doctor bills.
I’m not a bedding snob, but I did splurge on a good bedding set. Sleep is very important and after a hard day at work, I want my husband to have a comfortable place to get some rest. It might sound silly but what better way to end the day than in a nice comfortable bed? Plus I hate scratchy sheets.
For me, it’s a good pair of tennis shoes. I am always on the go either running errands or running kids.Since I am on my feet all the time, a good support shoe is a must. For my husband, it’s a good pair of work boots. We use to buy him cheap ones, but he would walk the bottoms off within two months. His boots are a little more expensive now, but they last at least 6+ months and support his feet better. ThredUp has a lot of great shoes, but I my cash back from Ebates to buy shoes.
House Hold Basics
I still buy toilet paper, trash bags, and cleaning supplies. It costs me 10$ per month for toilet paper, 10$ for trash bags, and 15$ or less for cleaning supplies. That’s $35 or less per month.
Frugal living doesn’t mean you have to live like cavemen. I’m not saying you should live like your royalty, but you should be able to have the basics and be comfortable. Stick to your budget and plan your spending.
If you make budgeting restrictive, you’re not going to stick to it. No one wants to be miserable and not have fun. You can have anything you want. You just have to plan your large purchases and give yourself a little “play money”.
What do you splurge on?