Splurges That Make Life Better!

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When I started this blog five months ago, I did not expect to be writing so much about money! As I dip a toe into the personal finance waters, I often worry about not being perfect. Our budget isn’t perfect. Our journey to get out of debt isn’t perfect.

There are some things we spend money on that would probably surprise people. We choose to spend money on fitness (gym memberships and supplements for my husband), and our only real source of entertainment – cable and internet. These splurges are necessary to both our mental and physical well-being as we endure an otherwise strict budget in an attempt to improve our finances.

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But I know I’m not alone! I have been listening to a new podcast – the SO Money Podcast with Farnoosh Torabi. She ends each thirty minute interview by doing a lightening round of questions with her guest. One of the questions she almost always asks is “What is one thing you spend money on that makes your life better or easier?”

The answers are always fascinating. Tony Robbins? Private jets for his frequent travel (and don’t roll your eyes, go listen to episode #1 for his explanation). David Bach? Babysitters (very expensive in his area of New York) so he can have regular date nights with his wife!

Of course, most of Farnoosh’s podcast guests are wildly successful authors, speakers, entrepreneurs and financial experts and they might have a little more “splurge” money than me. I started to wonder – what about everyone else? What splurges are worth it? What do we spend on that truly makes our lives better and easier?

So I asked “What is one thing you spend on that makes life easier and better?”ย and got tons of great answers! I hope you’ll enjoy reading them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Splurging on Food & Drink

Grocery delivery from Peapod. It’s so convenient, especially when my husband works weekends and I don’t want to take the kids grocery shopping. -Nikki of Healing Mama Remedies

For me, it’d be my Keurig. It saves me time and money! -Heatherย of Simply Save

Frozen/pre-packaged/pre-cut foods. I used to buy the cheapest version of every food: dried beans instead of canned, whole fruits and vegetables instead of pre-cut. Since both my kids are tiny and easily meltdown around dinner time, it’s easier right now to save the time for dinner prep. I hate spending the extra money but know I’ll get back to my frugal ways once they get to be more independent. -Hannah of Eat, Drink and Save Money

Amazon Prime! With three young kids, I try to avoid going to torture chambers like the grocery store more than once a week, but it never fails that I’ll forget something! So being able to order something – often at a better price than stores offer anyway – and have it at my doorstep in one or two days is priceless. -Candis of Candis Lynn

Coffee!! Hehe. But I’d say Amazon Prime is way up there. -Amber of Thrifty Guardian

With three growing, always hungry boys, I love my Plan to Eat menu planning tool. I can plan out my menus, organize my recipes and print out my shopping lists easily. It helps us save a small fortune from going out to eat with a family of five. -Tanya of Mom’s Small Victories

Amazon Prime and pre-cut veggies from the grocery store! Beck of Becklist

We really focus on frugal living, but I am willing to spend a bit more on healthier snack choices for the family. In particular, for the kids: rice chips rather than potato chips, whole food nutrition bars rather than regular granola bars, etc. -Gina of Money Savvy Living

Shopping at Aldi’s! I save so much money on just about everything! -Sara of Cook With 5 Kids

Grocery shopping delivered! Shop online – takes a sec because I’ve saved my “staples” list – and delivered to my door! -Melissa of Picasso Jasper

Splurging as Parents

My big splurge was buying a double stroller so I could easily walk to the beach and park with the kids. Family thought I was crazy but it really saved my life last summer! -Tori of The Mama Nurse

Amazon Prime Membership – we use subscribe and save to buy all of our baby stuff: diapers, wipes, formula, tylenol, baby wash, whatever. It all just comes to the door once a month so I never have to think about it! -Jessica of About a Boy

An investment I was very happy to have made was on our baby camera. We have one in the living room (the nanny cam) and one in the baby’s room (that we just call the baby cam). I have an app on my phone so I can check in on my sweet little man anytime I need to. This was particularly helpful when I first returned to work and was still breastfeeding and pumping. I always had the cam app up while I was pumping. When we moved the baby to his crib in his own room, having a camera meant I didn’t have to go up the stairs to check on him all the time. I just pull up the app on my phone, see that he is OK, and go back to sleep. -Julie of Fab Working Mom Life

Diapers.com and Nespresso -Morgan of Lilies + Lambs

I think it was preschool or child care. We didn’t have family nearby and even at the start, I did it only a day or two a week, but it really helps. I was always freelancing, but it’s nice to have my own time too. I didn’t realize that preschool was a luxury at first. -Lana of Kid Can Doodle

Splurging on Ourselves

We have a house cleaner who comes every other week and she has given us our time back! No more hours of deep cleaning for us – we find that the small amount we pay makes it beyond worth it when we are able to spend that time with our sons. -Katie of Loveย My Messy Messy Mess

Biggest one for me would be Hulu. $11.99/month instead of almost $200 for satellite. More family time and more money in our pockets. -Jennifer of The Search for Imperfection

Manicure and pedicure. The downtime and pampering is priceless. -Nancy of Nancy Andres Writer

I definitely believe in investing money into things that you will use for a long time. For example – I don’t buy cheap jeans. I buy $40-50 jeans. The last time I bought jeans was 2 years ago, and that’s just because I wanted a new style. I take care of my more expensive purchases, like blue jeans, electronics, and cookware, and they last years. This saves money in the long run and makes my life easier because I’m not always replacing stuff. -Brittany of Champagne and Cheerios

Is internet service too obvious? Most people consider that a need these days, but at our most basic level, it really isn’t. -Jamie of Medium Sized Family

My monthly membership to Massage Envy makes life better. And I am seriously considering a virtual assistantย for my VA/Tech Support business. -Merri of Merri Dennis

The first thing I thought of was Photoshop and Lightroom, which I get for $10/month with Adobe Creative Cloud. I use Lightroom for organizing all my photos and I don’t know if I could ever do without it! Of course Photoshop is the industry standard for photo editing. -Christina of Martha Martha

Travel … a way to escape routine and expand your horizons. -Tanyaย of Motherly Adventures

Splurging in Business

A virtual assistant! -Laura of Momstyle Your Business!

To make my blogging life easier, I invest in Tailwind. I spend twenty minutes a week setting up my pins and I’m done! For my mommy life, I splurge on baby carriers. My Ergo and Tula and wraps are essential to raising babies and blogs. -Suzi of Start a Mom Blog

My virtual assistant makes things easier for me because it allows me to focus on making-making opportunities, event management, and more quality time to assemble our goody bags. -Marilyn of Social PR Goody Bags

(Stay at home yogiย is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking toย Amazon.com)

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Do you splurge? What services or items do you budget for to make life better?

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50 Comments

  1. Such a fun post! Thanks for getting everyone involved!
    Heather @ Simply Save recently posted…Simply Save Week In Review: 2/20-2/26My Profile

  2. Ooh look at all the lovely answers. I love how we each have something different that is important to us.

  3. Great list! I ditto the Amazon Prime Subscribe and Save, and if you can afford it, a house cleaner every now and then.

    Thanks for including me in your great list!

  4. Splurging on a house cleaner is a great idea. Someday soon I hope to be able to afford the splurge, I have no doubt it’s well worth it!!

  5. We splurge on cable. For a while we didn’t pay for cable, and only used netflix if we wanted to watch tv. But this made us go out bars or restaurants to watch sporting events (which are a big deal in our house!). So we’d end up spending more money on food and drinks at restaurants during a game than we would spend on cable every month.
    Michelle recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays #131My Profile

    • That makes perfect sense to me Michelle! We got rid of Netflix and kept cable, which is usually the opposite of what most people do!

  6. I agree with the Keurig! And just having an eating out line on my budget in general – worth every penny on busy days.
    Mel @ brokeGIRLrich recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays #131My Profile

  7. Oh yeah, the double stroller. That is a great splurge! We luckily had our family chip in, but I def recommend it. Since we lived in a pedestrian friendly city (Brooklyn), it was invaluable!
    Lana recently posted…Making Books with Kids by Esther K SmithMy Profile

  8. This is such a great post idea, to share the love and knowledge! It’s always nice to see what other mama’s out there are up to and how they make life with kiddos look so easy! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Tori
    http://www.themamanurse.com
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  9. I splurged on the Elite Blog Academy to help grow my blog. Totally worth it! Also, my husband and I don’t go on date nights out of the house due to the cost of babysitters. So, we’ll order some Chinese food or make up a tray of nice cheeses and charcuterie instead. A little splurge that helps us have a fun in-home date night!
    Sarah@TheOrthodoxMama recently posted…What I’m Reading This Week #42My Profile

  10. Erin – I listen to So Money too! I love her podcasts, especially the ones focused on women and investing and money. We’re pretty bare bones around here but I would agree with Jamie about internet service – it’s pretty standard these days, but not necessarily a necessity with all the free wifi spots. Also, we do buy bulk fair trade dark roast coffee from Equal Exchange. It’s expensive, but so much cheaper than buying coffee out – it tastes amazing, and I feel good purchasing through their ethical program!
    Angela @ Setting My Intention recently posted…10 Helpful Tips for the New BloggerMy Profile

  11. I splurge on hair products and going to the hair stylist. Netflix and the gym are neccessities for me, so I won’t count those! I splurge on a self-hosted site. My biggest, best splurge would have to be my membership in Daniela Uslan’s Have Your Cupcake blogging course/group.
    gigi recently posted…Have a Lovely Sunday! 2-28-16My Profile

  12. Oooh, I love this! Okay, so I’m an Amazon Prime lover too. I adore being able to order any food, items, gifts, etc. and get them delivered in 48 hours – so very awesome!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…10 Ways to Calm Down Before You Blow UpMy Profile

  13. I think we all need a little splurge now and again it makes life so much more enjoyable. My splurges? Having my hair done, my Personal Trainer who I couldn’t live without and helps me be the best I can be. I also recommend Have Your Cupcake with Daniela Uslan – that is an investment to me for my blog rather than a splurge! Have a great day and go spoil yourself!
    sue recently posted…Learning to Accept a Compliment – You are worth it!My Profile

  14. P.S. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post with us at #OvertheMoon and hope to see you next week!
    sue recently posted…Learning to Accept a Compliment – You are worth it!My Profile

  15. What a great reminder that saving money is not always worth what you might give up! I’ll admit I’m often frugal to a fault, however I have decided that a weekly house cleaner is soon going to be worked into our budget!

  16. It’s so interesting to read what other people splurge on! For me, it’s beads, buttons and wool. I’m a crafter and every now and then, I can’t help but order some lovely new beads online. I don’t NEED them of course, but it makes me so happy when they arrive in the post!
    Hayley @ Disease Called Debt recently posted…Debt Success Story: How Michael Paid Off $27K in DebtMy Profile

  17. thanks for the post love it I think I spurlge on my coffee and my books

  18. I really enjoyed seeing what everyone splurges on. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hubby and I are trying to tighten our purse strings and get better about saving money starting now. But, there are a couple of things that we still splurge on. He has a gym membership that we pay once a year. He uses it 3 times a week so that he can play basketball and get a good workout. We need that membership both for him to stay fit and also so he doesn’t drive me nuts. He is so grumpy when he doesn’t work out! Also, we have Netflix. We love staying in and watching a good movie together or even binge-ing a new TV show. That way we hardly ever go out to the movies.
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    • Sounds like you and your husband and similar to me and mine Gina! The gym membership is a must in our household, and so are movies we can watch at home! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Great to get ideas from loads of different people, it really goes to show how differently we all approach the idea of a ‘splurge’! I can’t think of a single thing I regularly splurge on, which is a bit of a shame. We get the odd takeaway, but that’s my husband’s weakness, not mine! I love sweet treats, but mainly make homemade ones now to keep them economical ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. It is refreshing to read a post on splurging for a change instead of only EVER being frugal! Frugal is good, but if you don’t ever splurge, it gets to be exhausting! I splurge on a good hair stylist once in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Ruth! I needed to write about something other than DEBT for a day! ๐Ÿ˜‰ A good haircut is a great splurge!

  21. Hi Erin, Congratulations! Your post was in my top two picks for Over the Moon link up this week. We all need to splurge sometimes! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you next week.
    sue recently posted…Something to Treasure – The Last Gift from My MumMy Profile

  22. What a fun post! My favorite splurge is a trip to Loft Outlet, lol. Doesn’t necessarily make life easier, but definitely helps with the overall outlook! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking up on Frugal Fridays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Love this post! I’m not perfect with our budget either, Erin. But everyone’s perfection looks a little different anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰ A well deserved splurge is healthy!
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  24. My splurges are definitely our holidays. I love going on holiday and I try and go away every couple of months, even if it’s a short break in the UK. But we have been really good this year with only one planned so far, but then we are moving house soon, so need to save the pennies.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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    • I think travel is a great area for splurges Sally, and I love having a peek at your adventures through your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I love this post, and I can say that we use very few luxury items. Internet, yes, but since I make money online I don’t know that it’s a luxury, per se. And we have phones with data, but my kids use theirs for research and entertainment, and I use mine for work mostly. And I can’t imagine going back to only having land lines, I would go crazy!

    We do love our television too, when you don’t go out much it is a great get away. We did get rid of our television monthly payment, we got a goo bang and an intenna, and it saves us so much money. You can watch live television or shows after they’ve aired, one time payment. That’s it. Here’s a link to amazon where we got it, we love it!!! http://www.amazon.com/GooBang-Doo-Fully-Loaded-Android/dp/B00S4H5HM2

    Thought this might help you save a bit more. Good luck!
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    • Our smartphones and internet connections are so crucial these days, especially as bloggers and online workers! Thanks for the GooBang Doo recommendation Nikki, I have never heard of that before (and I would remember if I had, such a funny name!). I’ll check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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