Because we’re always encouraging people to manage their finances and budget, budget, budget, it might seem like we never have any fun or spend money on unnecessary things.
Well, I still budget, and I still try to plan my expenses, but I admit there are a few things that I spend money on that other people might not see as exactly integral to everyday life.
Although I try hard not exceed my expenses, there are a few ways I could cut costs but I choose not to.
Here are some examples below:
1. Organic Fruit
Organic fruit isn’t really “necessary” but I really enjoy it. I am far from being a health nut (I like fast food from time to time too), but when I purchase produce I tend to buy items that are slightly higher quality. I do the same thing with meat and with other items. If I can choose something that is organic, I will. If I ever had a huge income loss or needed to cut back, I would stop this habit first. Until that happens, I will enjoy one sweet organic strawberry at a time.
2. Expensive Electronics
After going through several PC laptops that didn’t last long enough at all, I finally broke down and bought a Mac. I never thought I would switch, but I have been so happy with the decision. Expensive electronics are far from a “need” in life. Plus, when you can buy a PC for $250 these days, a $1,500 laptop seems extremely excessive. I do spend a lot of time on my computer, and I use it for work for hours upon hours every day, so this is one unnecessary expense I’m happy to splurge on.
3. International Travel
I lived abroad for three years, and it was truly a life changing experience. It was both challenging and invigorating depending on the day, and I fully plan on making international travel a part of my life and my children’s life. While there are many great places to see in the US (and I’m sure we will) there’s just something amazing about flying over an ocean and landing in a place so different from our own. It’s certainly not cheap to travel overseas, but for a variety of reasons, I find it to be very worth the expense.
4. Manicures and Pedicures
Like most women, I like to get my nails done. I can do them myself, but there is just something so nice about having someone else do it for you. I don’t spend a lot of money on manicures because it is so easy to do them quickly at home. However, from time to time, I will splurge on getting one. I never feel guilty about it because I always leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Seriously, when you can pay $30 and have someone massage your feet for a solid five minutes all while you sit in a massage chair, it’s pretty nice. Again, this is a luxury I would quickly drop if I ran into financial trouble, but it’s one I don’t regret making from time to time.
What are some unnecessary things that you like to spend your money on?- Catherine Alford