When it comes to writing, I have a thing for opposites. You knew that after this post, a post outlining its opposite would be on the way, right?
We do splurge on various things–living the simple life doesn’t have to involve abject poverty and deprivation. However, what one chooses to splurge on (and not splurge on) requires a careful evaluation of priorities and finances.
Careful evaluation of our family’s priorities and finances have resulted in the following “non-splurges.” (For some families, these may well be listed as priorities, but remember that each family is different!)
We choose not to splurge on…
Cosmetics. Ronnica writes a bit about this topic here. Admittedly, this is something that tends to affect only myself, although Riley and I have been known to enjoy some cologne/perfume at times (that falls under “cosmetics”, right?). I have never been a huge fan of the way make-up feels and what it does to my skin, so this isn’t really a sacrifice for me. Castile soap and deodorant are pretty much the extent of my cosmetic usage. That said, Bean has developed a huge interest in nail polish…but hey, Christmas is coming!
Clothing. The vast majority of my clothing comes from thrift stores, with the rest coming from gift cards and saving up as needed. Riley and the kids also ask for (and, especially in the case of the latter, usually receive) clothes for holidays and birthdays, so we are typically set in this department. Name brands and the latest fashions are not a priority for us; as long as we are clean and sufficiently clothed, we tend to be pretty content.
Pets. I suppose this one could be up for debate, as we do splurge on their food. That said, our dogs don’t have big expensive beds (they sleep on old blankets and pillows on the floor…or the couch!), and except for the occasional rawhide, they don’t have any legitimate dog toys. They do play with tennis balls, which we seem to have an abundance of in our garage. They also don’t get have any dog treats, with the exception of a carrot or broccoli piece here and there. That actually works in their favor–their weight (and health) stays in check without the treat temptation!
What do you not splurge on?