Ready for a truth bomb?
There, I said it.
I've always loved a good deal, but my need (okay, obsession) for getting things at a steal has grown progressively worse over the years. That's okay, though. At least I know financial ruin is not inevitable because of any rogue spending habits on my part.
There are a few things that definitely deserve my dollars, though, and they're things I buy even when they're (gasp!) not on sale. What are they, you say? Let's take a look.
Peeps, I like to stay hydrated. And I'm pretty much drinking something at all points of my day. My two favorite beverages? Water and coffee. Ergo, having adequate (and super cute) vessels in which to hold my beloved liquids are well worth the spend.
S'well Water Bottle
One of my favorite authors (who is now a friend), Lauren Layne, turned me on to this swell bottle, aptly named ... the S'well bottle. They come in three different sizes and a whole bunch of super spectacular colors and patterns. That alone had me hooked. But then I heard how cold they keep their contents and I about lost my mind. Because let me tell you, I am alllll about super cold water. There's nothing more refreshing. Am I wrong? Anyway, I purchased on a recommendation and there's no going back. This thing is the real deal. As in, it sat in my hot car over the summer for several hours and when I came back to it, the water was just as cold as when I put it in there. Amazeville, I tell you! (And isn't it cute?)
Kate Spade New York Bella Bookshelf Thermal Mug
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that this adorable Kate Spade Bella Bookshelf mug keeps my coffee hot for ages (not that coffee lasts in my cup for ages, anyway), but I WILL tell you that this thing is a zillion times cuter in person than it is in this pic. It's bright and colorful and happy and just plain fun. And since I spend a lot of time with it, I definitely appreciate its vibe. What's more? I kinda got it for a steal. Only $18 on Amazon!
Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
I go through spurts with listening to music while writing (some scenes demand it, others shun it. Whatever. I'm a slave to these crazy demands, so I just go with it.). But when I do listen, I want it to be gooooood. So, I ponied up and got myself my first pair of Beats by Dr. Dre for Christmas and all I can say is Wowza! These are definitely worth the coin.
Music by Artists
Yes, I have no problem purchasing music from my favorite artists. I could listen for free on YouTube and iHeart Radio (and I sometimes do, honestly), but I know how hard these people work and how big they dream, and dammit, they deserve to get paid for their genius. Plus, by purchasing the full album, I may discover songs that I would never have otherwise. So it's a big win all around.
Victoria's Secret Underwear
It's not often I talk publicly about my underpinnings, but I'd be remiss if I did a blog post on some of my favorite things and then left out Victoria's Secret undies. Because they really are worth the money. (And they often are on sale.)
Your mama always told you to wear clean underwear in case you ever got in an accident, right? Well, what she really meant is to wear cute underwear. Because let's face it: if you're hurt and end up in the ER, there will be a lot of folks exposed to your skivvies. Make it worth their while. And plus, even when it's just a normal day and you're suiting up to tackle life like a boss, it's nice to know your butt cheeks are covered in style. Gives you that little extra boost of confidence, yanno?
Once upon a time, I flirted with fragrances. A lot. I dated some, had short exclusive relationships with others, and barely made it past the first date with the rest.
And then it happened. I fell in love with The One. And we're currently living out our Happily Ever After.
Sure, Coco Mademoiselle (by Chanel) is not cheap, but daaaaaang. When I wear this fragrance (which is Every. Single. Day) I feel on. It's not for everyone (it's not a "sweet" scent, and some people like to smell sweet), but when I do smell it on a stranger, it's instantly recognizable. And I love it just as much as when I'm wearing it myself.
So, there you have it. The things I'd spend money on, even if they weren't on sale. Some women love handbags and shoes and jewelry, and that's all good. I like these little things because they're stuff I use as part of my daily life and they make me happy whenever I see them.
So how about you? What are some things on YOUR full-price list?