It happens to the best of us. You’re on a good saving streak with your eyes firmly on the bank balance prize when things go horribly wrong. You catch a glimpse of your particular brand of high-end poison (you know the one) and you start tormenting yourself over the acquisition, Wayne’s World style. The trouble is, this particular bit of deliciousness, whether through a recent tax return, friend-of-a-friend-staff-discount, sale season or some other lucky happening is almost within reach. All you have to do is overcome that last little bit of good intention and hit the splurge button.
Need some help? Don’t worry… we’re here to help you justify your utterly extravagant desires.
Justification One – you’ll take your lunch to work allll month.
AKA “I’ll stay at home every Friday and Saturday night for the next month / I won’t buy coffee / etc.” If we’re honest, this is probably better done in advance than in retrospect, but overlooking that for a second, if we assume buying your lunch each workday sets you back about $10 a day, that’s $50 a week or roughly $210 over the course of a month.
Justification Two – if an item costs more, it’s more likely it’s well made, so it’ll last longer than its cheaper counterpart.
Probably best to do your research on this one. Look for giveaway signs of average workmanship like origin of manufacture and fabrics used (polyester is polyester is polyester, friends… it doesn’t come in different qualities). And always, always Google to check for any common quality issues. Still not sure? Check out Westfield’s cost-per-wear calculator.
Justification Three – if an item costs more, it’s more likely it’s made in ethical working conditions.
Again, do your research but yes… it’s fair to say that ethical working conditions do cost more than their sweatshop counterparts.
Justification Four – by spending more, you’ll value the item more, thus creating a sustainability in consumption.
Work with us here for a second. Consider this… if you buy less stuff of better quality and look after it more because it was expensive, it will last longer and you’ll in turn reduce your consumption thus making yourself and your purchase habits more sustainable. So really, you’re doing your bit for the environment by splashing out.
Justification Five – in spending more you reduce the likelihood that lots of people will have the same thing as you.
So what you’re actually doing is investing in uniqueness.
Justification Six – smaller and newer manufacturers need to produce items in lower numbers which drives up cost.
In this case, it’s really a philathropic purchase to support a new talent. That said, smaller producers often don’t have big advertising budgets to support so they have smaller margins. With this in mind, it’s likely you’re getting better value for money too. Whilst we’re on the subject, can you imagine if your nan had bought first season Chanel? Speaking of which…
Justification Seven – if we’re talking serious money, this purchase could be an heirloom.
Think of your future children and grandchildren! You don’t want to do them out of family heirlooms, do you?!
Justification Eight – you only live once and you can’t take it with you.
YOLO! Unless you’re a Bond fan.
We hope it goes without saying, but this article is just a bit of fun. The Lifestyle Department does NOT endorse irresponsible spending. To splurge is one thing. To fail to make a mortgage payment because you wanted Louboutins is something else entirely.