When it comes to making big purchases, my first thought is finding it second hand or using my personal network to buy a hand-me-down.
Some things — like furniture– I don’t think I could ever spend a lot on. Couches get cat scratched, art falls off the wall and gets broken, and clothing gets stretched out or stained way too quickly (or maybe that’s just how rough we are with “stuff”…).
While I’m always up for a good sale or hand-me-down, I realized there are a few items around our home that I splurged on (or otherwise went for the not-obviously-cheap-option) that I don’t regret even a little bit. Here are five big-ticket items I’m glad I splurged on…
$200+ Carry-on suitcase
I purchased this carry-on suitcase in 2008 from Kohls during a great sale and I think I topped it off with a 30 percent off coupon. At the time, I could have gone with a cheaper option, perhaps one that didn’t have wheels or was made of cheaper materials. Instead, we have a rolly-suitcase that looks sharp and nodescript and is still in great shape. We use it for short and long trips, as well as promotional events where we need to carry music swag.
$50+ Jones NY Cowl-neck dress shirt
I ruin clothing so quickly– I mean ruin clothing. Either I catch my cuff on a door and rip or stretch it, or drip Gosh-knows-what down the front within minutes of putting it on. It just happens. So spending more than $10-15 on a single top is a big deal for me. I have had absolutely no regrets with this line from Jones NY plys size. Here’s a black and ruby version on sale on Amazon and here’s a black Calvin Klein version.
It’s classy as heck and makes the rest of me look polished whenever I put it on. Doesn’t hurt that it air dries quickly and is sweat and stain resistant! (Disclaimer: I got the green, too, and wasn’t as pleased with how quickly it showed a stain (ink). I recommend you stick with black or navy unless you write a lot less than I do).
$1000+ Apple MacBook Pro
I was raised in a PC family, so getting my first Mac was a big deal. We have JHubbs to blame for it, because during our early dating period we argued Mac v PC quite a lot. I’ve completely changed my tune. I spent $1200 for this laptop in 2009 and we’re still going strong. I love how easy it is to just get in and do what I need to do, and JHubbs uses it for producing podcasts and recording music.
We also have an extended renter’s insurance plan on it so that I’m protected in case anything insane happens to it (which is a possibility when bringing it to record shows or simply carrying it to the living room to write while watching TV). I’ve dropped it in so many weird, random ways and it’s still clicking. Thank Goodness.
$50 Glass entryway table
I don’t know if this counts as a splurge for most people, but for me it’s a lot to spend on furniture. We found this gorgeous, too-tall table at a local antiques market and it fits perfectly in our entry-way space. It’s just big enough for a vase of flowers and it has clean lines that don’t fill up the space too much. It’s also just the perfect height for the cat to not be able to launch herself to the top and eat the flowers.
$150 Epson wireless printer
Another thing that keeps my office and home light and airy is getting a wireless combination printer and scanner. It’s wireless first in the way that it doesn’t need a cord to send items from your computer to your printer.
But here’s the most magnificent part: you can scan something on the scanner and immediately open the file on your computer. You simply keep a USB or memory card plugged in all the time and you can immediately access whatever you scan. A small thing, but it saves countless minutes as we scan and upload comics and I scan and upload receipts using Freshbooks.
All of these are items I won’t be replacing for at least 5-10 years. Looking at the cost per use, I’d say they are each very, very worth it for me. What do you think?