Thursday, January 6, 2011

it's worth it

Those of you who know me well know that I am a major coupon girl, and love to save a buck.  Just yesterday I spent $205 at SuperTarget on a big shop (my monthly stock up on groceries and such).  But my savings were $110!  So if you don't think clipping coupons is worth your time, let me tell you, it just makes sense.

Which is why I have a very few things I am willing to spend a lot of money on.  No coupons, no discounts, and I gladly pay the price.  I guess I justify it by all of the other money I save.  What are those things, you may be asking?

1.  A really good haircut.  (ignore the float, although that is something I will spend money on too!) I started spending lots of money on haircuts when I was working for Target.  A polished corporate image was pretty important.  And even when I no longer had a corporate income, I saved up for a really good haircut.  Because if you feel you look good, it helps in every other part of your life.  My current stylist (Hi Kim!) has become a dear friend to me in the seven years I have been seeing her.  I look forward to my haircuts and always leave with a big smile on my face.  Thanks Kim!

2.  A relaxing pedicure.  (the above photo was a d-y-i job, I don't have a great pic of my professional one!)
 I may be starting to sound like a princess here, but I can hardly place a price on a pedicure.  Having someone massage my feet, and make my toes look too pretty to belong to me, soothes me more than even a massage.  If your feet feel good, your whole body feels good.  I would rather have a pedicure over a manicure, facial, or massage, any day.  Maybe it's because I have a harder time reaching my toes when it's cold, but I don't think that's it.  And if you find a fabulous person, more the better.  Thanks Rebecca!  My pedicures are money very well spent.

3.  Almost anything at Trader Joes.  Do you have places you shop where the money you spend doesn't feel like real money?  I have this same issue at a garden center.  I don't use coupons at Trader Joes, yet I still walk out of there feeling like I got an amazing deal.  I love their selection and their products, and will spend more for a blueberry there than at Super Target without batting an eye.

4.  Bamboo sheets.  Okay, I did get them on sale, but now that I have had them for several years, I would gladly pay full price when it is time to replace them.  Not all bamboo sheets are of the same quality, make sure you can feel them before you buy them.  Each spring, I can't wait for it to warm up enough that I can take the flannel off the bed and put on the bamboo.  They are AMAZING.

5. Unusual plants.  When spring rolls around, and I hit up our local garden centers at least once a week, I have no problem paying a little more money for an incredible plant variety.  I justify the expense by knowing how much pleasure it will give me for the next several months.

What things do you spend a little more on:? 


  1. I spend money on good towels, good underwear, and good wine. Man do I know how to live. P.S., I KNEW you were going to change over to the books template here!

  2. I spend money on good shoes/boots, hair appt.'s and a massage every now and then. I've never had bamboo sheets, but now you've piqued my interest. I'm not a coupon clipper at all, but I'm so shocked at your savings! Wow.

  3. Oh, I also spend tons of money on flowers, but that's not real money. Right? I need them.

  4. I spend too much money on my kids clothes. But you already knew that.


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