Three Splurges I’ve Made This Year

Today we welcome our regular Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford.

Even though I’m typically a frugal gal, I do tend to splurge from time to time. Usually I splurge to make my life a little easier in some way or to do something enjoyable.  My splurges are usually something that I’ve saved up for or am able to do because of my side hustles. We don’t spend a lot of money on clothes or gadgets or anything like that, so I figure it definitely evens out in the end!

So, just for fun, here are some of the splurges I’ve made this year:

1.    Sending My Husband To India

This past summer, my husband went on an incredible three-week study abroad experience to India. It was definitely a splurge, at just over $4,500 for the whole trip + airfare. However, he had an amazing time, and it was something he always wanted to do. I was more than happy to hustle and work with him to trim our budget to save so that he could have such a memorable experience.

2.    Splitting My Best Friend’s Plane Ticket

While my husband was in India, I split an international plane ticket with my best friend so that she could come visit me in Grenada. We each ended up spending around $400, and it was so worth it. She was able to stay with me in my tiny apartment since my husband was gone, and we just made a ton of meals at home and did free activities like go to the beach.

We even used my bag of coins to buy two big burgers at the local pool. Luckily, paying for things in coins doesn’t embarrass my best friend, which is why I love her. Plus, she is a true introvert like me, so she just wanted to lounge by the pool and enjoy spending some time together. It was definitely well worth it!

3.    Renting a Car

Renting a car has been my biggest splurge all year, more than either #1 or #2. Prices are so marked up here in the Caribbean that it costs a whopping $500/month to rent our vehicle. I went an entire year and a half without a car here, and it was really challenging to spend two hours taking two buses to go to the grocery store.

As busy as I’ve been lately, I can’t afford to waste time like that and risk the buses not showing up because they are on island time. The car has given me an incredible amount of freedom, and it’s the only thing I did differently after getting a promotion last year.

Of course, I’m sure there will be more splurges in my future. One of my favorite things to spend money on is traveling, and I hope to visit someplace new next year in celebration of my 4-year anniversary. Until then, we’ll be as frugal as always, pinching our pennies and trying to save for our next fun adventure.

What are some things that you splurge on? Nice sheets? Organic Food? Fancy shoes? Spill it.

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About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer who received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog,


  1. We have splurged on a few vacations this year, although I’m not sure they were splurges since they were planned. But, you’ve got to live a little!

  2. We’re splurging on our garage reno at the moment. Definitely more of a want than a need. =)

  3. I am toying with the idea of a vacation splurge between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My boyfriend ends a tour out in LA and I have points to use for a free flight, so we’ll either do a cruise back to NYC or visit his family in Vegas, Colorado, and Utah (no cost to stay but transit would be pricey).

  4. Bryce @ Save and Conquer says:

    Travel is our biggest splurge, by far. My wife and son went on a cruise to Mexico along with my wife’s sister and our two nieces this past summer. Later this year we will be going to Kona, HI, for a week. I can’t wait for that.

    Buses in Grenada sound about as crappy as they are here. I can drive to work in 20 minutes. It takes 2 hours to get there by bus. Luckily the grocery stores aren’t that far away.

  5. My splurges, although I do not look at it that way is usually travel. I expect to make a major trip nest year. I think saving is important, but yu need to spend some too.

  6. I have a friend who always told me, anything that gives you new experiences, adds to your knowledge and skills and enriches moments with love ones are not at all wasteful. Being frugal doesn’t mean scrimping on life’s precious moments so kudos to you for knowing your priorities.

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