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When To Splurge

Bit of an odd term to use on a thrifty website, splurge.

splurge
spləːdʒ/
informal
noun
  1. 1.
    an act of spending money freely or extravagantly.
    “the annual pre-Christmas splurge”
verb
  1. 1.
    spend (money) freely or extravagantly.
    “I’d splurged about £2,500 on clothes”

Following on from my previous blog about experiences, not things, sometimes the experience costs a little bit more than you really want to spend.

Here’s an example. Earlier this year I saw that Sigur Ros were touring. Their dates in Manchester (nearest to me) sold out pretty quickly. A few weeks later I got an email, as I was checking my emails, right there and then saying they had just added a new date. I clicked through, added two tickets to see what seats were available, not thinking of buying them, but the best available were front row.

FRONT ROW!

To one of my ‘bucket list bands’ (bands I really want to see before I die). I had ten minutes to complete checkout or they’d be thrown back into the communal pot for someone else to purchase.

Needless to say, after some urm-ing and argh-ing, I bought them and last we my wife and I went to Manchester Apollo on a Monday night to see them. It was awesome. An experience I’ll never have again, it’s hard enough getting tickets to see them let alone front row! It was intimate, incredible, two and a half hours of just shivering with amazing music vibrating through you.

But we did pay a lot of money for it. A LOT.

We passed it off as this year’s anniversary gifts to ourselves, fair enough. But at £250 for 2 tickets, it is a lot of cash to hand over. However, I can always make more money. I can’t make more time or more experiences, more chances where I’d be able to see a band that I adore in such a way.

What I’m trying to say, is that sometimes the occasional splurge is ok. You don’t need to justify it to anyone (except maybe yourself!) because experiences are so important, and sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit of extra cash for.

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