Well, it is quite apparent that saving money is a personal issue, as was shown when I explored buying generic brands or shared about my free haircuts. I certainly didn’t expect so much reaction from that! On the flip side, I’m sure even the most frugal among us have their indulgences. Maybe it’s $40 haircuts, or their wall-to-wall DVD collection. Or maybe it’s just ordering extra toppings on your pizza. Here’s a little list of things are that are worth the extra money for me:
TiVo + Cable TV
High-Speed Internet (more like a necessity actually)
Dining out at good, simple, and unpretentious restaurants
Extra-virgin olive oil
Parmigiano Reggiano (the real deal)
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
(…can you tell I like food?)
High-Quality Mechanical Pencils
Oral-B Satin Floss
Charmin Ultra Toilet Paper
Big Ticket Items
My old luxury of choice was electronic gadgets. It’s been a tough addiction to kick! Now, I would say that one great passion that my wife and I share is travel. We plan on exploring this entire big rock we live on, and have only touched 3 continents so far. If you gave me the choice between a $15,000 econobox car and a trip around the world, or a $40,000 luxury car, I’d break out my passport in a heartbeat.
We are actually planning an international trip this summer, which will set us back at least a couple grand. But we will have the chance to go with family, and right now vacation time is more precious than money. Especially since we don’t have kids yet!
So there you have it, mainly food and travel. So, what are your luxuries?
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 3/28/06, 10:33pm