At some point in the past year (or three?) I purchased 2 pillows for myself, likely for about $15 each on sale. When T and I moved in together, I kept them and he brought his own pillows. He’s been trying to steal one (or both) of mine ever since.
After months of playful battles (and some all out war –while dead asleep T violently shifted in bed and landed his cheekbone on my sleeping head. I’m convinced it was pillow related.), he insisted he couldn’t sleep another night on his crappy pillows. “I used to have a nice fluffy one from IKEA! Where did that one go? Maybe you stole it!” I took his “crappy” pillow and showed him the faded IKEA tag. Oh.
We found ourselves at Macy’s, squeezing the entire stock of pillows. I was leaning towards a decent synthetic fill ($20), while he thought the down surround ones were nice ($30). There was so little down that I preferred synthetic. We both liked the fancy down pillows best, but $60 for a pillow? Really?
And… Here it goes. We bought them. Two pillows, $55 each after some couponing and tax. Regular price (or rather “Insane Price”) of $120, it still didn’t feel anything like a bargain. Even as Macy’s top rated pillow, it felt insane. It still feels insane. Who am I?!?!
I can justify it of course — what price can you put on a good nights sleep?! A once every 5+ year expense! But it isn’t about the ability to justify it. I can justify anything if I really want.
It’s a splurge. Which is ok. But so many splurges have made their way into my life over the past few months that it is confusing me. That doesn’t mean I’m not saving. I am. Quite a lot, actually. But the ability to splurge on things, and still save is sort of mystifying. My brain can’t handle it. I can’t properly evaluate whether these splurges are worth the price. If a pillow caused me to go into debt, obviously not. But what if I siphon $50 that would have gone to the Travel Fund (which still gets plenty) instead? What harm is there in that?
Maybe I need a break from splurges to reset my thinking. What do you think? It seems a lot of pf bloggers have had many splurges over the summer/fall. (I’m not pointing fingers, but if you felt slightly guilty after reading that sentence — it’s you!)
Yes, I’m making a huge deal out of nothing too major– $55 is not the end of the world (but for a pillow?!). This is the culmination of a lot of thoughts I’ve been mulling over lately, somewhat prompted by oilandgarlic‘s comments and posts about pf bloggers making her want to spend. (Did this make you want to buy a new pillow?) I’m doing a lot of atypical spending (this month alone: birthday party, concert tickets, pillow, bootcamp, and more), and it is freaking me out a bit. Splurging is becoming typical?
November will be a quiet month. Except that trip to Vegas…. Eeeep!
On the other hand… We slept GREAT last night.