As I mentioned in my last post, March represents “birthday month” in my family. Mine is coming up on Friday, my brother’s is tomorrow and my father’s was on the first of the month. In my experience, self-gifting can either go two ways: you give yourself nothing at all or you go nuts and buy something extravagant. This year, I went the latter route and used my husband’s claim that it’s really his birthday gift to me as justification. Riiight.
So what is this insanely extravagant gift I’ve purchased for my 28th (gaaah!) birthday? A pair of designer shoes, perhaps? That supple, cognac-hued leather jacket I’ve been coveting?
Neither. I bought myself a top-of-the-line juicer. And as my friends at ClubThrifty can attest, it’s not the most frugal habit to be getting into.
My husband and I recently developed a twisted interest in food documentaries. I’m an impressionable person so these descriptive and often graphic glimpses into the horrors of our food system are highly impactful. We started looking more closely at poultry labeling after watching Food Inc., and I even tried going Vegan after a particularly devastating scene in Vegucated. And finally, the quips about juicing that I overheard during Food Matters inspired me to learn more about its health benefits.
In a timely twist of fate, my mom began using her juicer on a daily basis. She was hooked from day one, excitedly telling me about all the different fruits and veggies she was able to cram into one delicious beverage. Best of all, she admitted to feeling happier, more energetic and more satisfied. Such a commendation required further investigation, so one day I helped her juice a delicious, nutrient-rich drink. Her Waring Pro is an intense looking beast with a mind of its own, at one point vibrating uncontrollably and threatening to launch itself off the counter (even after I unplugged it). Despite this setback, what we produced was indeed delicious and I was eager to get my own.
Hoping to avoid another near-death experience, I opted for the highest-rated juicer according to Amazon reviewers. As it turns out, the juicer I purchased is similar to one featured in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, another food documentary I’ll be adding to my Netlflix queue. My juicer — coined “Juicey” by my husband — arrives today and I’m giddy with anticipation. Though it’s not the most frugal move, I do believe it will save me money in the long run. Personal health is absolutely intertwined with personal finance, especially in our pill-popping, Big Pharma culture.
Do you have any un-frugal habits that offer other benefits? What are they and how do you justify them?