What am I not afraid to (reasonably) splurge on?
Food is number one. While I'm not a frou-frou 12-course diner by nature, I am more easily apt to spend my dollars on food than anything else. Bakeries are my carb heaven, state fairs are my greasy fried food playgrounds, I adore nothing more than to try new recipes and go to new restaurants. If I could shadow Anthony Bourdain in his culinary world travels, it'd be heaven.
Clothes. Shoes. Accessories. Hello, isn't that one obvious?
Things for my pup. I consider her an extension of myself to a degree, and money is no object for Pacey. Treats galore, doggie toys - shoot, Pacey has gone to the vet more than my BF and I to the doctor and dentist combined.
Going to the salon. Granted I only see my hair stylist once every few months, but I have no qualms about spending some dollars so she can get my hair and highlights right. I figure whatever I spend on my hair at the salon gets made up for the lack of care I do with my hair when I'm left to my own devices in between appointments.
I'm starting something new this spring and plan to go to the nail salon at least once a month for a pro mani/pedi. It's not a ton of money in the scheme of things and I appreciate the few moments of pampering that makes me feel and look better (because no one wants to see me self-pedi ...)
So then what do I hate spending anything on and begrudgingly release my dollars for?
Well for starters, I am still driving the first car I ever bought, right out of college with my own money. Though it is not the latest and greatest on wheels, it is completely paid off and still runs just fine, which in my book means things are great by me. Though I could probably use a new set of tires and a detail ...
I've mentioned before that my big sis got all the home decor genes and I think it has a bit to do with my unwillingness to spend $600 (or honestly, not even $400 or $100 ...) on a rug for the living room, or for end tables - or realizing that things like shower curtains, bath mats and towels are not free, though shouldn't they be?
With the way that technology advances every few months, I've long since given up trying to have the newest of anything. As long as it still works and can (moderately) keep up, in my book, that's cool enough for me. So I still have a Blackberry with the trackball that takes about two hours to get on the web, don't have a separate DVD or Blu-Ray player from my PS3, and iDon't anything.
Clothes. I know, I know, I'm a shopaholic, what am I talking about putting clothes in this category? Well as much as I love love love fashion, I am still cheap, cheap, cheap. The stuff I buy is mostly either on sale (with an additional % off if I can swing it), coupon'ed or at very min, retailmenot and ebated within an inch of its life. I online compare shop like crazy. For me to spend regular retail prices on anything, I've got to looooooooooooooove it (case in point, today's skirt - I fell hard).
What about you ladies? What do you find splurge-worthy for yourself and what you like to save your dollars on?
Top: Ralph Lauren skinny polo (worn here - big pony, sim, puff)
Skirt: Maeve by Anthropologie shape swirled (sim silk)
Belt: Asos metal keeper (sim, sim)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim, patent, quilted, luxe, luxe mary jane)
Bracelet: J.Crew golden stripe (worn here - sim, pricey)
Rings: Banana Republic enamel & F21 stacked (sim, sim, sim, pricey)