For me, this subject centers on food. I love to grill…anything really…but especially steak. My guilty pleasure (and guiltless splurge) is beef tenderloin. This particular cut of meat at our local butcher runs between $8.50 to $10 per pound, and while I would certainly love for it to be cheaper, I find it to be worth every single penny. Throw in a Yukon gold baked potato and a salad with romaine lettuce, and that is my idea of the perfect meal. All three of those items have cheaper alternatives on a per-unit basis, but I honestly just don’t care. I truly enjoy them and savor every bite, every time.
Next item…coffee. My wife and I each average one cup a day that we make in our four year old Keurig. We love and splurge on Starbuck’s blonde roast. Mmmmmm 🙂
The reason I have no shame in splurging on these items is that the enjoyment, in comparison to other alternatives, my wife and I get out of eating these things far exceeds the enjoyment we would get out of saving the rather small amount of money by purchasing cheaper and less quality options. We never go out to eat and, honestly, I would take that homemade meal any day over a restaurant steak. It’s ten times more delicious and at least half as cheap. Not to mention that since I started dieting, I eat less and now a $10-15 pack of steaks stretches across four servings, where it used to be two.
Is there anything you buy that, while pricier than other options, you have no shame in continuing to do so?
Update 3/9/16: see Guiltless Pleasures (part 2) for more information on this topic 🙂