Monday, April 27, 2009

Satisfy that craving for under $10

Sometimes (maybe, more often than "sometimes") I get a huge urge to treat myself to a little something. This feeling, desire, impulse, craving, whatever you want to call it, can become quite intense, especially after working way tooooo much and thinking I deserve something all my own. Well, ignoring this feeling doesn't necessarily make it go away, and if left untreated, I end up spending much more money on a "splurge" that I'll later regret. So how do you treat yourself and not spend a ton? Well, first give yourself a price limit and come hell or high water STICK TO IT! It doesn't take a lot for me to feel like I've treated myself, so I'm going to giving myself the limit of $10 (this would not include shipping if I made a purchase on the internet). Here's my list...
These pens really aren't any more expensive than your average pen, but they are certainly exceptional in their design. The color palette and obvious retro feel would certainly be a treat to have around (now if I could just learn to stop losing all my pens).
Retro Pen Set (set of 5) by Kikkerland $6
source: greenergrassdesign
I was cruelly reminded this weekend that summers in Athens are close to unbearable and I am in need of some lighter layers. Perhaps, I could wear this under a short sleeved cardigan?
Women's shirred tank $5 (on sale from $10)
source: Old Navy
Sometimes a new belt is all your wardrobe needs for a little pick-me-up.
I'm liking the elastic band on this one (so easy with dresses).
Joselin Wast Belt $8.80
source: Forever 21
There's nothing better than knowing you've got something cute on underneath, even if people won't see it. I'm not entirely sure why you'd need a pocket on your underwear, but I love the idea.
Low-rise pocket girl short $6.95 (from 14.50)
source: Gap
A fun dishtowel will easily breath new life into your kitchen.
Kitchen Dish towel $10
source: Purple Daisies
When was the last time you thanked someone for being there for your when you needed it? I collect 'thank you' cards and I keep them in a big box in my desk at home. This way, I have no excuse not to say "Thank You" when someone goes out of their way for me.
Thank you so much notecards- Set of 3 $6.75
source: Paper & inckling
How do you treat yourself on a budget? What was the last thing you bought as a gift for yourself?


{The Perfect Palette} said...

oh oh oh! lovely stuff! I love the dish towel and the pens the best! Oh and those thank you notes are very cute!

ms. less is always more said...

Well I can't remember the last thing I bought for myself... hmmm. I guess a pair of Target sandals. I love all of these selections! I'll take one of each! :) Happy Monday!

Ruggy13 said...

loved it all! especially the idea. I get that little urge also and it's SO hard to fight it!!!

Thanks for the advise on the ear! I've been feeling much better so hopefully it holds out!

sarah said...

do you remember the apollo earrings giveaway from leah sakellarides on joanna's blog a few weeks ago?! well leah is giving away another beautiful piece this week on my blog, macaroni club! she is so talented, and so sweet to do this! i'd like to invite you to come visit macaroni club, and if you like this piece of leah's, sign up to win it!
xo... sarah

Blair said...

Oh, those dishtowels are wonderful. Love the colors and mix of patterns.And that belt from forever 21 is just perfect!

erin said...

oh! i think i definitely need a pocket on my underwear! and i love love that dishtowel! great finds.

jess@thehomebound said...

Wonderful finds. And what a great outlook on spending. It is all about balance. It's like following a healthy diet. If you don't indulge once in a while on that brownie, you will end up eating a huge chocolate cake! I love it, so clever!

PS~Erin said...

Fun finds! I love that dishtowel... Going to have to heart that for later contemplation. And if you splurge and get yourself those pens, do tell me if they glide nicely across the paper. I'm picky abt my pens and those certainly would look cute in my pencil holder.

When I'm feeling like a need something right now, I usually scrape some change together and get a McD's ice coffee. That makes me happy!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love this idea. Get rid of the urge to spent, but put a $ limit. It will help you get creative. Now my only problem is I want everything you listed!

I'm really loving those pens though. I might have to go pick them up. I haven't bought myself anything in awhile. My house she get's all the love and I'm left empty handed.

Madeline P said...

I too, love the dish towel... I just dug through a pile of vintage fabric at my mother's and I am sure I could do something like that with what I found. Love the bargain finds, good work!

drollgirl said...

you are so smart to stick to a budget!!! sometimes i just say I HAVE TO GO SHOPPING and don't think too much about the spending part. inherently i know not to spend too much, but is is a lot schmarter to announce a budget at the beginning and to stick to it!!!

paula said...

I love a pretty pen. I bought a pair of shoes, oops.

Diana said...

those undies are super cute!

i had no idea organic pens were made! i learn so much from you!

Lizzy said...

perfect post! I'm always on a budget.

Claire Kiefer said...

I treat myself all too often. :( Most recently I bought myself the Om bottle from Lululemon . . . I was feeling guilty about all the plastic from water bottles so figured I could healthily (and consciously!) carry around a stainless steel bottle! Here's the one I bought:

I also recently bought a pair of light brown thong sandals from Steve Madden . . . I can't resist sandals when summer comes around!!

Amy said...

Love the dishtowel - especially since I have been super cheap lately!

Hanako66 said...

I love that f21 belt!!

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