Some of life’s little indulgences…

Indulgence – indulging in self; satisfaction, gratification, fulfillment…

I write a lot about saving money. It means a lot to me, because since I try to be careful (frugal) with my money, it enables me to spend on things that I find to be significant. I spend my pennies (and considerably more) on things that others might not agree with, but that’s ok. As they say, we all have our own “things.”

I get my nails professionally done in a salon. My finger nails, that is. I get a gel manicure, and this lasts about three weeks before it’s clearly obvious that I need to get them redone. The gel is very strong, and it never chips. Regular manicures done there that use the standard polish are just fine, but for a long time afterwards you have to walk around like a surgeon with your hands in the air so you don’t smudge them. With gel, they are done dry in what seems like minutes. So while it does cost me about $35 every time I go (tip included) this is an indulgence for me. I rarely if ever get a pedicure, because I do those myself. I did treat myself and Amanda (my daughter in law) to one right before the wedding, because it was a fun day we had together.

I love Dunkin Donuts coffee. I would drink it every day if I could. But at over $2.00 per cup minimum, it’s too costly on a daily basis. I’ve practiced all different ways and methods at home, and what I make comes out almost as good. I save my Dunkin indulgences for times we are taking a road trip, and when Christine and I thrift store shop – stopping there is part of our routine. And if I am riding around town, doing errands and just FEEL like having one, I will get one. I don’t let it become a regular habit, but it is a nice treat every once in a while.

Two passions of mine are wrestling and hockey. I try to get to as many of these events as I can. This year, this season – I have stayed away a little more than I wanted to, but it’s been pure timing (and the potential of bad weather). I will do my regular skimping and saving all along, and this way when an event comes along, I can go. And my key to these events is – don’t be a seat snob. As long as I’m in the building, seeing it live – I’m good. I don’t need great seats. Nosebleed sections are ok with me.

I love to travel. Even if it’s not far away from home, I just like being someplace new, someplace different, someplace I haven’t been in a while. I scour different websites and try to find deals on hotel rooms. Something as simple as staying in a hotel in Connecticut the night before Jeff and I went to the Maury show. I found a nice place for a reasonable cost, and going the night before made it seem more like a getaway rather than a long day trip. Like with so many things, the key is planning and seeing what is out there so you can do more with your money.

Christine and I always have a great time when we spend the day thrifting. We have a routine, a map of sorts when we go in Jersey near her, and when we go here in the Scranton area. I never really NEED anything, it’s more the thrill of the hunt. I try not to spend a lot, and am usually on the lookout for things for others. It’s a fun day out. Like I said above, we stop for Dunkin. Halfway through, we will get lunch someplace (usually fast food with a coupon) and then end the day around 8 or so, having dinner in a diner. It’s a guilty pleasure day.

This indulgence costs nothing really. Once in a while, even if I am doing small, insignificant chores around the house (or if I feel like doing nothing at all, just relaxing – which is rare, but I digress) I will watch an entire day of trashy television, as some call it. Maybe not even trash, but more or less silly. I get a lot of laughs out of Maury. I watch Steve Wilkos too. It never ceases to amaze me and makes me laugh about all these people who come to these court shows, trying to prove cases that make absolutely no sense at all. I have even come to appreciate Dr. Phil lately, even though I used to think he was a big, pompous jerk. By 4 o’clock, I’ll switch to the local news and it will be back to reality.

Even if you think something is silly, and others don’t agree – do it. You deserve to be self-indulgent every once in a while. Don’t you think so?

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