When the economic downturn first hit, I put myself on a budget. I’ve been scrimping and saving, cutting corners and going without for a year now. But I’ve recently discovered that there are a few indulgences still worth splurging on.
Pedicures: I almost fell backwards and cracked my head open on the bathroom floor while trying to get a foot up on the sink so I could paint my toenails. At 44, bending over is NOT an option. I now consider my $40 pedicure a medical necessity. Heck, it’s cheaper than a hospital visit.
Good Pillows: I had been sleeping on the same $7 Wal-Mart pillows for I don’t know how long. First, one was good and plump. Then, as time went on, I had to stack two or three of them to get the same support. I indulged in $50 down pillows last week and I slept like a baby for the first time in months. In fact, I was late for work! I know, $50 bucks for a pillow seemed outrageous to me at first too – but I did get them on a ‘buy one get one free’ sale!
A Professional cut and color: Every 4 – 6 weeks. They say your hair is your crowning glory and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna walk around with a tarnished crown! It’s an investment really. The better I look, the more confident I feel. And when I feel confident there’s nothing I can’t accomplish.
I’ve now come to think of my budgeting not so much as ‘giving up’ but as making possible the things that I want most.