By Sarah Gallagher
Okay so you are probably thinking…I really don’t need pointers on how to splurge – it kind of just happens! And while you are probably right it really does ‘just happen’ – like when you saw that shiny high quality kitchen appliance or must have decorative piece and knew it was overpriced but wanted it so badly you were willing to throw away all opportunity costs associated with the purchase and JUST DO IT. Well guess what splurging is OKAY and at times your best option if you are looking for a specific item and are not willing to compromise quality. BUT what you must know are how to evaluate when the items are worth the splurge. To give you an idea of what to think about when you are making a major purchase, I have composed a list of items that are on my wish list, along with my reasoning behind each splurge. Hopefully this will offer you some insight on how to distinguish between good splurges and those over-priced (but oh so tempting products and kitchen appliances) that leave you with future regret and financial constraints.
FYI: Places that can be incredibly misleading when it comes to splurging: William Sonoma, Le Creuset, Pottery Barn, Macy’s…etc.
Yes, William Sonoma can cost a pretty penny but this fine retail establishment should NOT be avoided. Believe it or not some of my best when to splurge advice is on items from this high-in retail shop, as it can have incredible deals on top of the line quality appliances that really cannot be matched by other competitors.
At WilliamSonoma.com you can find this stainless steel monogrammed appliance set marked down from $168 to $129 for a limited time only. I am absolutely head over heels for this item and deem it to be a smart purchase for the following reasons. Firstly, it is monogramed – this can be a pricy expenditure and nothings better than custom made designs in the kitchen. Stainless steel is a quality metal that is easy to clean and a joy to cook with. Secondly the set will always blend well aesthetically with virtually any kitchen design or theme. This item is guaranteed to last you a long time and is a kitchen classic made just for you!
Quick Tip: Keep in mind the dual functioning purpose of the item. For example, this product is highly functional and also acts as a decorative piece in your kitchen – thus heightening its value!
Also on my wish list is the Little Deer Cooking Utensil handcrafted from North American maple, a hardwood great for extreme temperatures and excessive use! The maple has a beautiful finish and adds a rustic look to your kitchen. On sale for $99.95 at WilliamSonoma.com this product is worth the splurge, as these tools will be used daily in the kitchen and are gorgeous to look at.
Quick Tip: When buying appliances made of high quality, buying in bulk is the best bang for your buck!
When it comes to knives it is definitely a must that you splurge – just be sure to know when and how much! These beauties are made by a high-quality brand, Ginsu Shoku, and for $99 you get this stainless steel 8 piece-set along with the magnetic strip for easy access and functioning! Now this is a DEAL more than a splurge. Not to mention – Ginsu Shoku just recently introduced this funky fresh line with brightly colored handles. Not into the modern twist? Stick with black or brown for the same price! You can find these at Overstock.com!