As I continue to adjust to our new budget friendly life, I thought I’d share what I plan to still “splurge” on and other areas I think are worth it to “save.” I’m not writing this post as a guideline for how you should live your life. I’m saying this is what is going to work for me. First up, the areas I’m going to budget enough to “splurge” on.
Hair – I did the cheap haircuts for a few years, but a couple of years ago got back into the salon experience and for me it’s just a necessity. My stylist does a fantastic job, she just opened her own place last year so I’m supporting a local business and she’s also become a friend so I’m helping a friend. I look forward to my hair appointments for an hour of me time. We talk about our kids, places we’ve been and what we’re up to. It doesn’t hurt that she also hands me a beer the minute I walk in the door! I space my haircuts out about every six weeks and only get it colored a couple of times a year and it seems to work fairly well to budget in for it. It makes me feel good and sometimes that’s important!
Running/Hiking shoes – I will never, ever skimp on good quality running shoes. It’s necessary to protect my muscles and my legs. Nate bought a pair of running shoes when he still used to run with me that were not good for him and he ended up with shin splints. Good shoes are just so vital. I’ll be replacing my current ones very soon because I know they will not last the summer as I’ve already had them for quite awhile.
5ks – This goes along with the shoes I suppose, but I set a goal to do ten 5ks this year and they aren’t exactly free to participate in. I want to hit that goal so I’m choosing to budget appropriately so that I can do so. It’s worked out to be about one a month so far. You do the math.
Car Maintenance – I used to take my car to the closest mechanic to my house and while they did an ok job, I had a number of recalls recently that needed to be taken care of so I brought my car to the dealer for the last round of maintenance I needed and I much prefer the experience there. It might be a little more expensive than the local shop, but my car is going to be better for it, they’ve got good records, they’ll catch things sooner and the process is really easy. I like easy.
And now here some areas where I used to splurge more and I’ve decided to try to save on.
Manicures/pedicures – I freaking love a good manicure and/or pedicure. And I’m not saying I’m never getting one again. I might watch Groupon for deals. Otherwise I am going to try hard to use the nail polish I have at home (and I have a ton of it, let me tell you) and attempt to paint my own nails more and maybe treat myself once this summer to a good manicure/pedicure.
Car Wash – I like taking my car to the awesome full service car wash because they vacuum for you and all of that. But my dad has everything I need to do a good car wash at home – including a warm water hook up outside – so I think this summer I’ll just take it over there more. And I think I have a little helper who will find it lots of fun to wash mommy’s car this year.
Clothes – Well it goes without saying I love clothes and I love to shop. I’ve returned to my thrift store ways and it’s really made a difference. I do still check the clearance rack at Target too, but I’m avoiding Old Navy, other mall stores and especially skipping Stitch Fix and even my Secondhands Fashion boxes. The hardest one is Lularoe. But I haven’t bought any LLR in over a month now so I feel like that’s pretty good. My good friend who sells it often has incentives for people who help her out every now and then, so the next time I need an LLR fix I might just have to sign up to help her and earn some credit that way!
Books – I’ve been working hard to find all my book club books at the library and I’ve been successful so far! I’ve really been enjoying using the library more again and it helps that Ollie really loves the library too. If I can’t find what I need at the library my next stop is Half Price Books or the thrift store. No more Amazon for now.
And there you have it. Just a few areas that I feel are worth splurging on and a few that I feel I can save on. Might not work for everyone, but I think it will work for me. Next week I’ll share some thrifty tips for kiddos, so stay tuned for that!