AUGUST sign-in: Your favorite splurge?

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AUGUST sign-in: Your favorite splurge?
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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 4:48pm
Since we just did a top three frugal tips, how about we talk about the other side of the coin. Where do you splurge? What do you do that is totally *not* frugal but you're not about to change it because you like it too much? This isn't an "I should" or "I want to cut back" question, but rather one of "Darnit, I like it and I'm not gonna change!" LOL

Think of it relative to your own budget and lifestyle, not necessarily according to anyone else's sense of frugality. Remember that it's all a matter of priorities, and what is indulgent to one person is a necessity for another. :)

Leslie

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 6:13pm
My scrapbooking supplies!!!! LOVE it

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 6:34pm
Victoria secret panties and bras. i'm not about to give tehm up even though they are expensive. course i'm about to have to get all new panties cuz my body has stretched them all out LOL

chelle 22 dh larry 26 and baby boy alex due sept 22nd

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 9:24pm
Mine is eating out. It's just something I really enjoy. Even when things are tight we make it a point to plan at least one special meal out a month. Breakfast is usually a good option for this, because it's so much cheaper than dinner.

DH and I set each get a small amount of personal money to spend each month and most of mine goes to eating out with friends.

Leslie - SAHM to Josie, 2.5 yo & Henry, 6 mo.

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 9:49pm
For our family, it's shoes. I really hate cheap, plasticy shoes. We all get a pair of good running shoes, Teva or leather sandals, and boots for winter. We don't have a lot of shoes, just good quality.

My kid's shoes have always lasted a whole school year, and they have rarely been actually worn out.

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 9:54pm
In my grocery budget it is fish. I try to buy a really nice piece of fish/seafood for dinner once a week. We just love it even if it is so much more expensive than chicken or beef.

Amy

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Sat, 08-02-2003 - 7:04am
We may eat out of bring in ready made stuff a little more in the hotter weather. I come home from work somedays and it is just too hot to think of cooking anything, so this is our splurge.
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Sat, 08-02-2003 - 12:31pm
Supplies for home improvement projects. We don't compromise a whole lot on this, but tend to get exactly what we want. We figure the plan is to live in this house long term, and in only a little over a year it has been very good to us equity-wise. We want to enjoy everything about our house, have items that will last a lifetime, and add things that will enhance the quality and value of the home. We are homebodies so spend a lot of time at the house.

~Vickie

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Sat, 08-02-2003 - 12:51pm
I have three places that are a total frugal downfall for me...the used bookstore..(but I do get store credit for those I recycle there, which gives me half off any other purchase!), Michael's Arts and Crafts (I can't get in and out for under $50 even if I just meant to pick up a small item!) and the Paper Zone. I don't go there for just a ream of copier or printer paper anymore because I get drawn in to all their other papers....

If I have to go to any of these, I plan on spending more than I planned on spending...KWIM????

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Sat, 08-02-2003 - 1:18pm
For us it's having lunch out every week. During the school year it was twice a week (because DS#2 had preschool twice a week so that's how often we went to 'town'); now that school's out it's only once a week, when we go up for our weekly errands and shopping. We almost always go to the Costco foodcourt because that's the cheapest, but we won't give it up completely. DH works 30 miles away, so he can't come home for lunch, and his job often requires really long hours, so this is important family time for us.

~Jodi

SAHM to Justin (7), Kyle (4) & Alicia (2) in California

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Sat, 08-02-2003 - 1:30pm
I love to buy Land's End clothes for my kids. They are definitely not frugal for my budget, but they last a long time and are so cute. I also avoid the whole "inappropriate" clothes issue, where I feel they are marketing clothes for Britney Spears to 4, 5 & 6 year olds. I prefer the classic look, and Land's End stuff is my favorite.

Good question!

Leah

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