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Present to Self

My last bonus check has arrived – taxes took out a big chunk, but I still had around $3,000 deposited into my account. The most sensible thing to do would be to save all of it for my car or tuition, but I made the executive decision to divert $250 to a more recreational purpose:  Kate Spade.

The Villabella Avenue Quinn, $135.15 

The Villabella Avenue Celina $101.15

For the past couple of months, I’ve been on the lookout for professional tote in a non-black neutral and a crossbody bag with adjustable straps and chain detailing. So I was really happy to stumble upon these pieces on Kate Spade’s sales section. (If you sign up for their mailing list, you will receive a 15% off code for your first purchase.) After this, I probably shouldn’t be such a generous gift-giver to myself.

When do you buy presents for yourself? Do you ever do so when you know the money can go to better uses?

  • The Asian Pear - Those are gorgeous! Nice picks! Anytime I get a windfall like that, I like to spend about 25% -50% and the rest goes into savings. I consider anything extra unexpected as a freebie to treat myself (within limits). Usually buy that lil something I am usually too cheap to buy all those other times. ReplyCancel

  • addvodka - I LOVE both of these. I'm planning on buying myself a bag in NYC – graduation gift :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I'm always buying presents for myself! Love these. ReplyCancel

  • Thuy - It's nice to gift yourself once in awhile. I also like the fact that KS purses actually go on sale too! ReplyCancel

  • SavvyFinancialLatina - I bought myself a Coach bag before graduation! love it, I've gotten so many compliments at work because of it :) ReplyCancel

  • My Money Design - Every year when I get my bonus in January, my wife and I treat ourselves to Red Lobster. I know that sounds incredibly stupid, but our kids think it is the most incredible thing in the world – like they are kings! So we get a real kick out of it. ReplyCancel

  • moneyaftergrad - I didn't know Kate Spade was so affordable! Now I want one!

    I have a lovely LAMB bag. I don't think Gwen Stefani even makes LAMB anymore. I love it, it's so cute and I get so many compliments on it. I think it's like 4 years old now and still looks great! ReplyCancel

    • Well Heeled Blog - Kate Spade is normally $200-$400 for a bag depending on the size, that's why their sales are so great! If you sign up for the mailing list, you also get notifications on "secret sales" that are up to 75% off. 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Daisy - I think that's a great idea I don't do more often! When you get bonus money, to allot like a specific amount or specific item to a splurge and the rest to savings. Otherwise, one might be tempted to spend the entire thing!


  • Ornella@Moneylicious - It's easier if I set up an account specifically for splurging. There's nothing wrong with splurging from time to time. It's nice to see you bought something you wanted! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses - Love Kate Spade and love those purses! I usually treat myself if I get a bonus at work, or did something I think deserves something nice. Damn, now I want to look at Kate Spade purses lol ReplyCancel

  • frugalportland - The money can always go somewhere "better" but if it's a treat, and a gift, then you're fine — you earned the bonus, right? ReplyCancel

  • Cait - For the first time in over a year, I just spent… oh… maybe $300 on myself!? I bought 2 new pairs of shoes, a new pair of jeans, 2 tops and 4 books. I don't know if it's a graduation gift or what but it sure felt nice to treat myself. Enjoy the purses! ReplyCancel

  • Lance@MoneyLife&More - I generally don't buy elaborate gifts for myself. I try to budget them in to my regular income so I have to save up for them to make sure I really want/need them depending on the item. Glad you got what you wanted! ReplyCancel

  • Rose - Money is not worth anything if not spent. Happiness is a good reason to spend! ReplyCancel

  • onegirl - I love the first bag. So cute!! ReplyCancel

  • mysavingstyle - Beautiful bags, love them both! You'll have them for years, they are quality and lasting style. ReplyCancel

  • Bestkatespade - This is brilliantly cute! ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lynn - i love when pfers do the occassional splurge — it is just no fun when we're acting like misers all the time. Lovely bag that you certainly will get much use from. ReplyCancel

  • Veronica @ Pelican - Hehe, you could say I'm a fan of splurging on things I don't technically need at a time I can't technically afford them. Nice bags! ReplyCancel

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  • lisang278289621 - I love the bow details! And they weren't too pricy! Great job! If I treated myself, I'd definitely be waiting for a sale too. And unless the price is exorbitant, the present usually won't hurt my long term goals ReplyCancel

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