There’s no question, I am frugal. I run a tight budget and love finding deals. But people are often surprised about some of the items I have because they’re not exactly cheap.

That’s because, for the most part, I am “weird” and don’t spend money on many of the things typical Americans spend money on.

But there are a few things that are worth my hard-earned dollars and I would buy again in a heartbeat.

Which things?

Things Worth The Splurge

Here are some of my favorite purchases. Things that are not cheap, but were worth the investment because they make my life easier and will last for years. In the long run, they save me time, money, or both. This post may contain affiliate links.

1. MacBook Pro

When my husband and I decided I was going to seriously pursue this whole “work from home” thing, the first thing we bought was a MacBook Pro.

Having worked in school districts with both PC and Mac computers, I know how much harder life is for me when technology doesn’t work. And when my work is 100% on the computer, I need my computer to work.

So I searched for deals and found Best Buy was having a sale. It was about $1,200 for my laptop and worth every penny. I’ve not had to spend a dime on it since.

2. Vitamix 5200 Blender

A recent purchase of mine was a new blender. My husband teased me because I’ve been saying I wanted a new blender for years.

But I didn’t want just another blender off the shelf and I wasn’t ready to spend the kind of money needed for a really good one. My last blender was a plain old Ninja, and it worked fine for a lot of things…but not for green smoothies.

I was seriously tired of chewing kale. It was gross.

Finally, after we got our Amazon gift cards through our health insurance (which I talk more about in this post), and struggles nursing my baby and drastically altering my diet, we decided it was finally time invest in a blender to make healthy eating easier for me.

Of course, I did research, read reviews, and compared prices. Ultimately, I ended up buying the Vitamix 5200 Blender...

…and I AM IN LOVE.

After just one smoothie, I finally understood how people get their smoothies to look the way they do. No more chunks. No more chewing. Just smooooth fruits and veggies.

And the best part?

My baby and toddler LOVE drinking my green smoothies too. You would not believe all the veggies they eat now because of this blender.

So this one was definitely worth the price.

3. iRobot Roomba Vacuum

Last year we moved to a house with double the square footage. I realized it was awesome to have my own office and room for the kids to run and play…

…I also realized that it was not awesome to have so much floor space to clean!

But a new vacuum wasn’t a need. I had a vacuum that worked fine. It was just a pain and took up a lot of my time.

So just like I suggest in all my stories of how we save money and were able to get out of debt, I asked for this gift for Christmas.

I got an iRobot Roomba and love it!

We call it “Robo,” and he’s like another member of our family. Robo is cleaning the kids’ playroom as I write this (and the kids are napping. Hallelujah!)

Kids sleep. I get work done. And the floor is cleaned. All at the same time people! Life is good, my friends.

Needless to say, this one had to make the list of purchases worth the splurge!

4. Healthy Food

Yes, sometimes eating healthy foods can be more expensive. But without good health, your entire life is going to be more of a struggle.

Plus, my daughter has severe food allergies and my son is very sensitive to foods too, so this is just one of those things we need to budget more for. Our local organic CSA is one way we’ve invested in the healthiest food available to our family.

Whenever I can, I use cheap healthy foods like oats, eggs, beans, carrots, bananas, lentils, rice, greens, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes.

And for other foods, I order from Vitacost and use my Amazon Prime membership.

**If you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership yet, you can try it Free For 30 Days. I did and I’ve been in love with the discounts and fast shipping ever since.**

I use EBATES to get cash back and I redeem my Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards to help even more.

5. Running Shoes

So here’s the truth: I like the accomplishment of running but my body hates running. It’s weird, I know.

I deal with quite a bit of foot pain and injuries, so for me, supportive shoes are a must.

Nike running shoes? Heck no! My Amazon Prime cardboard boxes are more supportive than those.

My feet need the real deal. So far, my favorite brands have been Brooks, New Balance, and Saucony.

My sister, who can wear just about any shoe she wants, recently bought her first pair of “good tennies.” She sent me a picture the first day she wore them and said it was like “walking on clouds.” (These are the pair she got, so cute!)

Sometimes the younger sister is the wiser one. 😉

6. Shoes for Kids

Just like I get supportive shoes for myself, I do the same for my wobbly, growing little ones.

I’ve been happy with the combination of flex and support that Stride Rite shoes give my kids, and I’ve been able to find them at really affordable prices.

One pair I found clearance at Kohls. Another I’ve found on Facebook buy & sell groups.

They last through the wear and tear of the kids and then they are still in good enough shape to sell to someone else.

They also have stride rite shoes on Amazon, but you have to find the right combination of color and size to make them less expensive.

7. Toyota and Honda Vehicles

We save up and pay cash for our vehicles because we don’t like debt. We don’t just randomly have enough money in our bank account when the time comes to make a purchase. As soon as we buy a vehicle and deplete those savings, we start building it up again because we wear on them and they need to be replaced over time.

We never know exactly when it will happen, but we all know it’s going to happen.

Although Toyotas and Hondas cost more than many others upfront, they hold their value for much longer.

We have a small Toyota commuter car that has well over 200,000 miles on it (I bought it with 90,000 many years ago) and it’s still going strong. I also joined the Minivan Mom Club with a Honda Odyssey. And this is how we comfortably haul our family of 4 + golden retriever around.

I’ll never say never, but I’ll be shocked if I ever purchase a vehicle that’s not one of these brands.

8. Usborne Books

There’s just something extra special about Usborne books. I’m so grateful for the friend who introduced me to them.

My toddler loves to read, and I love using these books to help her learn.

Kids are so curious, so I love taking advantage of this time in their life to teach them everything and anything I can. To be honest, I only know so much, so these books teach me a lot.

It’s awesome to model reading and learning for your kids. And even if you don’t have a teaching background, most of these books give you tips for using the book in different ways (things you can ask or do) that will help your child get even more out of the book.

Because it’s like food for the brain, I invest and love Usborne books too.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Living a simple and frugal life is not all about saving all of your money and never splurging.

Instead, when you create an intentional plan for your money and set goals, you’ll be able to splurge on things that are valuable to you. Whether they save you time, money, or your sanity (or all 3), there are some things that are worth the investment.

What’s on your list of things you’re glad you splurged on?

Let your light shine,

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