Recently I’ve seen a few blog posts on how they spend their money (here and here) and it’s led me to think about places where we spend our money. Although I think we are generally frugal, or more thoughtful about where our money goes, these are places where I don’t necessarily consider price a top priority.
We try to adhere to the general rule of things that we use everyday should be a quality item, so let’s see where some of our major purchases go!
We will spend money on sheets because it follows our “rule” of an everyday item. We’ve spent as much as $300(!) on linen sheets, but we used them nearly everyday for almost 4 years, so I think it balances out! (Our current sheets were around $150 from Brooklinen.)
It’s important to me that we tell our family stories through words and photos. I spend money on prints, photo books, scrapbooking supplies, and so on all in documenting our lives. When I see my kids gathered around looking at the albums, it makes it all worthwhile.
I love making things and so if there is a kit available, especially from Alicia Paulson, I’m going to buy it! If it feeds into my interest of handwork, scrapbooking, quilting, or fabric, well, here is my credit card number! 🙂
I have annoyingly wide feet. Seriously. I won’t bother with a photo to show you, but since having two kids, it’s gotten worse. Now, I don’t even bother with shoe stores and order all my shoes online. I order through Zappos. They have excellent customer service and I haven’t had issues. Biggest splurge to date: I’ve purchased flats from Tieks.
Tomorrow I’ll share more about food, but we prioritize buying organic foods, especially for the kids. I almost always buy organic fruits (especially if they’re from the dirty dozen) and mostly vegetables. Organic milk is also a priority. It’s not that we forbid ourselves or the kids and eat ONLY organic foods, but if we can afford it, we’ll buy it.
So, I’m really glad that my husband and I balance each other out. While I feel like I want things all the time, Brian rarely asks for anything or buys stuff for himself. So, when he has shown interest in things like Nanoblocks, or a board game, then I will make an effort to buy it for him for a holiday/event, or I’ll take the initiative and surprise him, like test driving a Tesla.
We have a membership to the children’s museum though it was gifted to us (if it wasn’t, we would have purchased one anyway!). So, next month, we’re going to purchase a digital keyboard (piano), and start lessons next year. This fall we’re looking into a zoo membership, and both kids will be in mother’s day out programs. Right now Bunny is in swimming lessons. Although this isn’t a lot, I think as our kids get older we’ll be prioritizing and putting some money into activities. (As long as we don’t get too caught up with FOMO.)
I had a turbulent childhood, and maybe I’m living vicariously through them! 😉
What do you splurge on? I had fun thinking of this list, so tomorrow I’m sharing things we don’t buy.