Worth the Splurge

i think what people spend money on, what they think is important, varies widely.  i don't care to buy expensive coffee (i only drink it black anyway) so i'm not a starbucks fiend.  i also don't see the difference between drugstore mascara or the high end stuff.  beauty bloggers would scoff at me.  but here's what on my 'worth the splurge' list - the things i won't forgo or go cheap on, even during a spending freeze month:


bath and body works 3 wick candles.  i burn a candle every single day and thus, i've tried lots of kinds.  these are the best smelling, with the farthest 'throw' (candle talk for how far the scent travels.)  they are $22.50 full price, but they're constantly on sale.  my friends are always like 'you're such a minimalist, i don't know what to get you.'  (a) nothing. seriously.  (b) bath and body works candles.  but pretty please wait until they're on sale and do not pay $22.50 for a candle.

ynab.  it's the budgeting software i use.  hey, if you're skilled enough to make a spreadsheet that carries over from month to month, more power to you.  but i'm not.  plus, it has a phone app that syncs with your computer version, and with your significant other's phone if you share a budget.  and free online tutorial classes.  i wrote about it more here, but yes, i love ynab and it's worth every penny of the $60.  one time fee.  and you can always find a code online for $6 off.  they also giveaway a copy of the software at the end of each live class period, so if you're lucky, try that.  i won once, gave it away via twitter.

a good planner.  i can't function with just an electronic planner.  i do use google calendar but i also use (between life and blog) a combination of the weekdate and the kate spade wellesley agenda.  check out steph's post today about more options.

fleece lined leggings.  if you live in a cold climate, i know you're with me on this.  if it's snowing by you, get yourself to target and grab a pair.  you'll thank me.  just don't wear them as pants so i have to hate you - they go under pants, dresses, and long tops that cover your butt.  emphasis on under.  leggings are not pants, even when they're lined with fleece.

glass tupperware containers.  plastic ones get icky so fast.  they melt, they stain, they're just not good.  invest in the glass ones with locking lids.  it's more money up front, but they'll last forever unlike the plastic crap.  and your food won't taste weird.

good dog food.  vets say it makes a difference.  does it?  i don't know.  and considering that my dog eats taco bell, chipotle, pepperoni pizza, sliders, etc etc i'd say it really doesn't matter in her case.  but there's a lot of horror stories about dog food and treats from china that get dogs fatally ill.  and have you read the ingredients list on a bag of the cheap stuff?  probably not any better than pepperoni pizza but still.  if i can't figure out the label, hawkeye's not eating it.

what's on your 'worth the splurge' list?

24 comments

  1. I agree on the candles! I've tried getting cheaper candles and I'm always disappointed- bbw are just so good and it becomes a challenge to see how low of a price you can get them for when they're on sale + coupons!

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  2. YES to fleece lined leggings!! They are a necessity during the winter!

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  3. Good eye make up. I wear drug store foundation but high end shadows. I agree on the glass tupperware.

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  4. Micah @ Unabashedly MeMarch 4, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    My cats definitely get the good food. They're "seniors," and I want to extend their life as long as I can. Plus, if I could eat for $20 every six weeks, I'd be happy. :)

    I splurge on my skin care. I'm a Mary Kay consultant and loyalist. Even at my consultant discount, it's kind of pricey, but my skin is important to me.

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  5. Fleece lined leggings and YNAB! Love them both!

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  6. I love my fleeced line leggings. I've gotten them for super cheap on Jane and GroopDealz.

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  7. I'm less minimalist than I used to be (does that make sense?) but I still don't like other people to buy me stuff. Whenever anyone asks what to get me for a birthday/Christmas, I tell them good candles. I've tried every brand and literally nothing beats BBW. Others are okay, but these are just another echelon. Worth it every time.

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  8. skin care and makeup - i will not go budget on this shizz (ie. no drugstore brands touch this face). also: organic meat. even if i have to pay out the ass, i will grumble and rage while i fork out the eleventy billion dollars they charge for organic meats.

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  9. Walter gets expensive food, too. He deserves it.

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  10. I could not agree with you more on B&BW candles... hands down the best! And they have so many great sales, there's no need to pay full price :)

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  11. LOVE the 3 wick candles! I need some new ones, come to think of it.


    My guys get expensive food and it's made a difference in their health and I will continue to pay for it without complaint.


    Another expense that's worth it to me is my Spotify subscription. It's only $10/month but it's some of the best money I spend. And Wasabi and Soy almonds. I could subsist on those. Don't even care that they're like $8 a bag.

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  12. I didn't know fleece-lined leggings was a thing. They sound amazing! I've been wearing leggings under jeans and feeling smug about being warm when everyone else is cold, but that takes it to the next level.

    We pay extra for good dog food. After some research about grain and how dogs don't really digest it well - it's basically just extra stuff for them to poop out - we always get grain free, and even though the bag costs more, it's not too much more expensive overall because we don't have to feed him as much (though it took us a while to figure that out; the vet had to tell us he was gaining too much weight).

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  13. Frances Tara McTeeMarch 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    OH, these were some good ones!! I saw good dog food, Lilly Pulitzer clothing, good bedding, and shoes that will last. I DO mostly wear drugstore makeup, b/c I do not think that is worth the price tag. My derm keeps my skin looking good, I shouldn't need expensive makeup to cover it.

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  14. Love your list! Amen on the Bath & Body Works candles! They're the best I've tried too.
    I'll have to check out the budgeting software you mentioned. Right now I'm using my own budget spreadsheet that I made with Google sheets, but it's kind of clunky to view on my phone…

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  15. I love B&BW candles too!!! And my dogs only eat the best! They eat better than my husband and I most days to be honest haha!

    I am all about investing in good sheets, comfortable shoes, Quest bars, eye shadow primer (Urban Decay for me) and cell phones.

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  16. Yes to fleece lined leggings. They have saved me this Winter. I spring for more expensive dog food after having a scare with the China rawhides. So scary. I plan on making the switch to glass containers this year.

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  17. Ugh, people and their expensive dog food! Gabriel buys Ginger this stuff that smells like rotten death and costs more than my car.

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  18. Leggings as pants drive me insane. I stopped burning candles and have started burning wax cubes. I keep one in my kitchen and bathroom at all times.

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  19. When I was reading this I thought it was funny that the things you say you never splurge on (expensive coffee and high end mascara) are two of the things that would make it onto my "worth the splurge" list. Other things that would be on the list include salon haircuts/coloring, designer handbags, certain food items (like cage free brown eggs and ground lamb), and experiences (travel, concerts, dinner at a more expensive restaurant, etc.).


    Wow. Looking at my list makes me realize I probably splurge on way too many things. (Though, to be fair, it's not like I buy expensive handbags or travel once a month or anything ... I just never regret spending a little more to get what I want when it comes to those things.)

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  20. Yes, everyone should buy glass containers! That was one of the first things I bought when we started eating cleaner and I started reading about plastic. I actually bought the Pyrex ones and they have worked well, and were not overly expensive. We always check to see where treats (and food though we don't change that up) are made before buying, even at speciality stores you should always check the label. I think we splurge on lots of things...I don't want to talk about it LOL :) I'm joking, we do but then we don't spend money on things that others do. Most of our money goes towards dining/drinking/travel.

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  21. There's something I don't like so much about BBW candles, it's an undertone smell they all seem to have that's really strong to my nose. Since we have a Yankee Candle outlet close I tend to buy a lot of Yankee.

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  22. I pretty much agree with all of these. Except instead of candles, I use essential oils. But it's the same idea. I like to be around good smelling stuff.


    And YNAB is TOTALLY worth it.

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  23. I hate cooking, so I like to splurge on dining out a lot :)

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