You work hard to earn money, but isn’t amazing how quickly your paycheck disappears every month? While your priority should be budgeting and saving, we all deserve to treat ourselves once in a while. Here are five smart things you should splurge on that will actually help you in the long run.
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1. Interview suit
No matter how prepared or qualified you are for a job interview, your appearance still matters. While work environments have become increasingly casual, a dark-colored interview suit still is an interview must for most industries. Purchase a classic, timeless suit and remember that it is worth the extra money for good quality because it will last longer and wear better. A good suit is a smart investment, especially if it can help you land a new job. Also, the suit will also be useful for other events, such as weddings, graduations and funerals.
Pampering yourself is an important stress-reliever and confidence booster. If you look great, you feel great. Consider getting weekly manicures because it is nice, quick and relatively inexpensive thing you can do for yourself. If you are feeling extra generous, get a 15-minute chair massage — you deserve it!
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3. Entertainment system
In some cities, a family night out at the movies can cost upwards of $100. An entertainment system can provide your family with an alternative movie night in your living room, allow you to forgo a sports bar for the big game and can even replace your gym membership. Be sure to comparison shop for your equipment and consider going with a streaming service, like Netflix, instead purchasing a DVD player. An Xbox is a great investment because it allows you to stream content and play video games.
4. Fresh produce and protein
Your health is your most important asset, so it is important to invest in yourself and purchase healthy and nutritious foods. While making a bowl of pasta is an easy, cheap dinner option, consider making healthier choices, like lean protein and vegetables. Purchase fresh good quality food and look for organic whenever possible.
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We spend a third of our lives in bed, so it makes sense why you should make sure you have a good mattress. The right mattress can improve your sleep and help with health issues like back pain. While a good mattress is a big purchase, remind yourself of all of the hours that you will be utilizing it over time and the purchase will be easy to make.
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