The deals this summer have been fewer and further between. I am not neglecting you! Honest! There just haven’t been that many insane bargains the way there are leading up to and after the holidays. I am here, hiding out in my office, avoiding the heat outside, surfing for good deals to share. Pinky swear!
During this lull, I got to thinking about things I pay for which I probably shouldn’t. I’ve always stressed that it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it or if it makes you crazy. Certain things are worth paying for, period. Get ’em on sale, sure, but don’t tell someone XYZ is a waste of money if XYZ really enhances their life, you know?
So let’s talk about what you buy that you know you could probably do without but you feel are worth the money. Sound like fun? I’ll go first:
1) Freezer pops in little tubes (Otter Pops and various imitation brands). Yeah, I know I can make my own popsicles. Yeah, I know they’re full of sugar and artificial junk. They’re also highly portable (even if they melt, there’s no mess because they’re sealed—making them ideal for throwing in a cooler on beach trips and such) and cheap and give the kids so much joy. Plus they remind me of my childhood.
2) Spray sunblock. It’s so much more expensive than the regular goopy kind, but comes with 543% less complaining from the kids when it’s time to put it on. I buy it on sale, yes, but I buy it. Worth the money.
3) Annual plants. There’s a part of me that dies a little every year when I buy flowers that don’t come back. I know we don’t need them (and there’s really no way to get them at deep discount, either), but I like them. Here at the new house we have so many perennials I’ll be able to cut way back, but I can’t promise I won’t be wasting some money on some plants that I know are going to die. So there.
What are your slightly-guilty spending secrets?