1. A new bed
When I was younger, one of the things I yearned for the most was a bed like my parents. Having a luxurious queen or king-size bed seemed to me like the ultimate sign of adulthood. While I slept on a cheap twin bed until I was a sophomore in college, my mom and and dad rested their heads on beds that felt like clouds. Although I’ve since upgraded to a full, I still don’t quite feel like I have a Mom And Dad Bed yet. In fact I’m positive I don’t. My bed is a veritable brokedown palace. It squeaks all the time and feels like it’s going to cave, which is why I’m determined to buy a new one. It will probably cost me more than just a single paycheck but splurging on a nice bed seems totally worth it. Think about it. We spend 33% of our lives in bed, so don’t we owe it to ourselves to make it as comfy as possible? Blow five paychecks and get the bougie bed of your dreams. No one will judge you for it. On the contrary, they’ll be jealous and want to have sleepovers with you ASAP.
2. Go on a weekend trip
We always say we want to get away for a long weekend but we never do. Perhaps going on That Big Trip is not within your financial grasp quite yet but going on a weekend getaway certainly is. Cut corners by eating at home/starving yourself for a few weeks, and you’ll be able to blow your paycheck on a nice little sojourn to Whereverville. These weekends are crucial to your mental health but they’re also investments into your precious memory bank. Honestly, how many nights have you gotten wasted and accidentally spent 200 bucks on drinks, food, and cab fare? If you split the costs with a group of friends, going away for the weekend could you set back as much as one night of shame does.
3. An amazing pair of jeans
Whenever I go shopping for a pair of new jeans, the day usually ends with me sobbing in the dressing room. Is there any other kind of clothing that has the ability to make your body look so revolting? On the flip side, is there any other piece of clothing that can make your body look so damn good?! Finding the perfect pair of jeans is an endless quest for some people and if you’re lucky enough to stumble upon them, be prepared to pay the asking price. Because a great pair of jeans is worth practically any amount of money. You’ll wear them every day until they’re in tatters, and then you’ll spend the rest of your life paying to get them repaired. You don’t ever let them leave you. They’re a precious investment.
4. Expensive concert tickets to see your favorite band
Ordinarily, I hate going to concerts but I WILL pay top dollar to see a band I truly love. Spending money on front row tickets to see a band who has left an indelible mark on your life is worth every penny. As corny as it sounds, you will have a night that you won’t forget. You might even cry! (I almost cried when I saw Mazzy Star. No shame. MUSIC IS REAL.)
5. A massage
For some reason, people have this idea that a massage costs nothing below $200. It’s an unfathomable luxury, something you would never get for yourself because it’s out of your reach. But, hi, did you know that a lot of 60-minute massages only cost like $40? Sure you might not get that fancy cucumber water and a robe but you will get an hour of ecstasy. The best part about getting a massage is how you feel afterward. You’re totally out of it and feel like you’ve been hit by a tranquilizer dart. Someone could tell you that your childhood dog was just hit by a car and you’d be like “All dogs go to heaven, babe!” and keep walking. Ditch any preconceived notions you have about this so-called bougie self-indulgent activity and just get a cheap massage. It’s worth it.