Johnny and I have admitted that despite all our budgeting talk, we actually like to buy nice things and spend money — even if we usually hold back. And so we’ve started a new series called “Splurge Worthy,” where we share our favorite splurges.
I really like interior design. I like it more than finances. Yes, it’s true. But living life on a pretty strict budget and at one time an extremely strict budget means that I’ve really had to reign in my love of decorating. To me, decorating my house is a creative outlet. That said, if you ever visited our house, this fact probably wouldn’t be clear. We’ve decorated to a certain extent, but I have so much I would do if I had an unlimited budget. And we’re also holding back until we’re settled into a home.
The same goes for my wardrobe. I love clothes and flipping through fashion magazines, but I spend very little money actually buying them. Before you go feeling sorry for me, I should be clear… holding back on both of these things doesn’t affect my happiness. Johnny has passions he holds back on, too, like golfing (still uses his dad’s old clubs and rarely golfs because of the cost) and clothing (my boy likes to look good, too). We hold back by personal choice. There’s a time and a place for certain things, and we’re okay with being patient for that time to come and saving extra money in the meantime.
That said, since paying off our debt, we’ve started buying cute things for our home, little by little. When we moved to Utah a year ago, we bought our very first real kitchen table and chairs. We still kept our total budget under $500, but that’s $375 more than we’d ever spent on our dining tables in the past. And when I find cheap deals here and there, we’re able to accumulate other things for our home.
One thing I’ve been on the prowl for is nightstands for our bedroom. We have never owned nightstands in our seven years of marriage. I KNOW! (Guarantee Johnny’s eyes roll at that.) So I wanted to share a recent deal I found at a local second-hand furniture shop. I love this shop, and I visit it every few weeks to see what kind of selection they have. And while Johnny was in NY a couple of weeks ago, I found two Crate and Barrel nightstands for only $99 each.
They’re just what I’d been looking for, and they’d normally retail for around $500 each. And to top it all off, they look brand new. Johnny gave them two thumbs up, and I’m pretty darn happy with them myself. What do you think? I took a quick picture the night I bought them to send to Johnny.
Ignore the crooked pictures above the bed, if you will. The nightstands still haven’t been styled, and eventually I’d like to get two lamps and maybe change out the knobs. But to me, they were a splurge-worthy purchase if there ever was one. Have you bought anything splurge worthy lately?