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Make Room In Your Budget For An Occasional Splurge


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Last Updated on September 18, 2020 by Corinne Schmitt

Here on Wondermom Wannabe, I spend a lot of time and energy focused on finding ways to stretch the family budget so you can do and get more for less. Yet I am also a firm believer in the theory that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

There are certain things in life that you don’t want to scrimp on and oftentimes, going with the cheapest option can end up costing you more. For example, if you buy a used car that has 200,000 miles on it you will pay a lot less than you would for a similar car with only 50,000 miles on it. However, it will likely cost you a lot more in repairs. After all, you get what you pay for.

What My Husband And I Are Willing To Splurge On

For each of us, the items or experiences that we are willing to pay more for will vary. My husband considers good speakers a reasonable investment because he appreciates crisp, clear quality sound. I am just as happy with my shower radio as I am with his top-of-the-line stereo and speaker system.

However, I will drop $100 easily on a good pair of running shoes while my husband will make do with an inexpensive pair of sneakers. We both agree that experiences are more valuable than material things so neither of us has a problem saving up for (and then splurging on) a great vacation.

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What A Musician Might Splurge On  

Likewise, professional musicians would appreciate the quality of this exciting jody dv 8 tenor at wwbw or this gold star banjo mahogany wreath and would gladly pay a little more for them than for basic models made from inferior materials.

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Set Some Money Aside For An Occasional Splurge  

So, whether your passion is fashion, fine food, jewelry or 5-star hotels, you shouldn’t be afraid to splurge for better quality if it is something you will really appreciate and enjoy. Just make sure that you can afford to spend a little bit more once in a while on these things.

Sure, it feels great to score an amazing deal. It also feels great to treat yourself. Life shouldn’t be a constant struggle of working hard just to pay the bills. Try to set a little aside for some of your wants, not just your needs.

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  What do you like to splurge on? Is there something you use or do that you aren’t willing to compromise quality for price?

28 thoughts on “Make Room In Your Budget For An Occasional Splurge”

  1. I definitely agree that you should splurge every once in awhile if you’re on a budget – you definitely deserve it if you’ve been sticking to a budget, kind of like a pat on the back. 🙂

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  2. I agree with you that it is important to be able to splurge a little sometimes. All work and no play can be frustrating and we all need a little motivation here and there.

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  3. You do make so very valid points to this issue. There are lots of thing I like to buy cheap and save money but when it comes to cooking or baking I want the best.

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  4. There are lots of things I don’t compromise on price for. Clothing for example and food. I like the best when it comes to me and my kids so I shop for the best. I don’t mind paying $30 for a tee for my toddler because I know I can wash it over and over and over again and it will still look like new. I remember my mother telling me when I was younger once, ‘spend your money wisely so you won’t be spending again’. Consider buying a cheap shirt for $5 and then having to replace it next week. 🙂

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    • I agree about the clothes. The only problem is finding the brands that are priced high for their quality and not just their name. I have made the mistake of spending a lot on a brand name shirt that doesn’t last the season! I also will gladly pay extra for hormone-free milk and eggs because I’d rather clip coupons to save elsewhere on groceries than feed hormones to my kids.

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  5. I don’t spend much for clothing, I can wear any brand names as long as it looks good on me or to my kids. I splurge for furniture and appliances.

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  6. I always splurge on home improvement. Learned the hard way that cheaper is not always better. In the long run, those things will wear out quicker and need to be replaced more often!

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    • This is a great one! We are renting the house we are in now and our landlord tried to help a friend out by letting him do the repairs (which was also less expensive, but she has a big heart and I really think it was more to be kind to him). Well, needless to say, he did a lot of the work incorrectly and it cost her 3x as much to have someone come in and undo then redo the work.

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  7. I price shop all the time for almost everything! We are always wanting to find the best deal while maintaining the quality of the item when we are spending a lot of money. Thankfully with the internet we can shop from the convenience of our homes.

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  8. I totally agree with you, we should take care of ourselves too…i can not compromise quality with anything i love. for example: i love my iPhone and i wont purchase affordable one in future…i will stick to apple. Nice post

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  9. Being a food blogger, the things I have splurged on have been kitchen equipment, photography equipment, and conferences. I am so glad that my bf doesn’t mind that the splurges were more for me than him!

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  10. My kitchen aid was a splurge but with all the cooking I do, it was an investment. Like my dh tools. he makes a living fixing things, he needs quality tools. But I am a thrifty shopper and can normally find the “good” stuff on sale. Even our trips.

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  11. Definitely some things that I am willing to go cheap on are kids clothes (they grow out of them fast!). Things I would rather get quality would be mattresses, furniture, and food!

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  12. I totally agree sometimes it is so nice to just have a moment where you can treat yourself and those you love without worrying. x

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  13. I’m actually opposite of you, Michelle H. I don’t spend alot on clothing for my kids, since they usually only wear them for 3-4 months, since they grow out of them, or the season changes and they need more. Shoes expecially… I’m a payless girl for my kids, they have only worn thru a handful of them before they grow out of them in my house, and I’m more apt to buy them 2-3 pair for a season at $15-$20 each than a $70 pair that I have to give away when they still look new! I will splurge on workout gear for me or my husband, since they take a beating and are used so frequently, it’s worth it to have the better material and not look like a drippy mess when I’m done at the gym.

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  14. I am only just now starting to realize there are things worth spending money on. Kid’s clothes are one of them-buying quality instead of cheap makes such a difference there (especially since we have to do a lot of passing down),

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  15. I agree that you get what you pay for. We are in the market for a new couch and I told my husband I would rather save up and pay more for a nice leather one than get a cheaper one I didn’t like!

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  16. I hear you loud and clear… You get what you pay for in most cases. I have fallen victim to It’s too good to be true!!

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