This weekend we helped a friend move. This friend is in his early 20's and as I was lifting some of his stuff, I had a recurring thought. That thought was 'wow - I'm glad I paid $XX for our _____. The quality is so much better!' This got me thinking to a few other things that I have either paid a decent price for, or, as is more likely the case in my situation, have asked for it as a present and my very generous parents have bought it for me. A few things that fall into this category:
- My Vitamix!!! I got this for my 30th birthday and we use it several times a week. I drink a smoothie everyday and am able to make 4 at a time with this powerful blender. I didn't have to pay for it - but if I had, it would be worth every penny.
- My food processor - I have a Cuisinart 14 cup, too many functions :) food processor and love it. Once again - shout out to my mom for getting this for me for my birthday (something that was on my list). I have a ton of food allergies and make almost everything homemade - bread, hummus, getting into even making my own vegan milk. Anyways - this bad boy can make 14 cups of hummus at one time. Hello awesome.
- Good outdoor winter gear - it is winter (you're welcome for sharing the obvious) and it is really cold. It has been a cold winter. This winter (if you remember back to my splurge) I bought some boots and a winter coat. Well let me tell you - I have spent probably close to 500 on outdoor stuff this year and have never been happier with it. I am sure I have gotten that much use out of it already - and the best part is that I will use it for all my future winters until it wears out.
- The final thing I would put on this list, which is what triggered my thinking, is that I now own "real" furniture - it is not the particleboard junk our friend had - we have a dining set, dressers, and coffee tables that are made from real sturdy wood. I bought our dining set and living room entertainment pieces from Pottery Barn before I ever knew The Executioner and my sister was moving in with someone and they decided to get rid of their 6 piece Pier One bedroom set (not the bed - night stands, TV stand, huge Armoire, 2 dressers). Present day Spicy Princess wouldn't buy that, but young SP was all about buying the Pottery Barn stuff. It all worked out in the end - the stuff is decent and has held up 8 years with little to show (err - maybe there is a scratch from a certain small dog who decided he should run across the coffee table once...) in the wear-and-tear department. And, being the miser that I am, I still look at the pieces and feel like they are too high quality for me - so would never think of getting new stuff just for the sake of getting new stuff.
Final thought - I know when I was growing up it was always poo-pooed for people to give/get things like irons or other important basic necessities for gifts for holidays. I, as you can see from above, feel that getting something like a really nice blender, or (if I was going to need to iron frequently) a nice iron and ironing board that would make my life easier and I would enjoy using regularly is a MUCH better gift than a fancy bracelet or purse that I am going to use once and never again.
Have a great March - I'll try to get back soon and give you more updates!