I've always loved the name of Deborah's blog, Old Shoes -- New Trip http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/deborah/which reflects her priorities: she'd rather spend on travel and make do with her current shoes, car, whatever the item!
I think that's a great philosophy and one I share. My sturdy little Toyota is 17 years old, my sofa sags and my TV is so old that I can't hook up both a VCR and DVD player. Whatever. These aren't high priorities.
But two places I will spend money is on travel and on my toes. Every four or five weeks, I have a manicure and pedicure. We set my appointments the beginning of the year, so I can get the best slot (Saturday afternoons, after the gym.)
It's an expensive little indulgence, but I put it down to good health and further argue that I'm supporting a local, small businesswoman. Above is my pedicure from last Saturday, featuring the OPI polish Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not --- a beautiful, violet colour.
Vesna, my esthetician and miracle worker, who has also become a close friend, has saved my feet from various fungi (curse that gym!) ingrown nails, corns, calluses and everything else that goes with size 12, misshapen feet.
She does a superb job -- I almost never have chips in the polish, even after 5 weeks. Vesna is, however, a somewhat stern taskmistress. I'm not allowed -- ever -- to leave the salon in closed-toed shoes or boots after a pedi. (The polish doesn't really set for several hours.) That can makes for a long walk home in sandals when there is a lot of snow. But, being frugal, I'm willing to make the sacrifice to save my toenail polish. All winter, it's a pleasure to look at my bright, shiny feet when I get home at night, and in the morning. And in yoga class.
My other big purchase this weekend was my airline ticket for my June trip to Italy. I watch airfares really closely and rarely see anything from Ottawa to Italy for under $1,000. Last year, I felt badly burned when I saw -- for one day only -- a ticket to Rome for under $1,000. It disappeared so fast that I couldn't grab it and wound up paying $1,200 to fly Ottawa-Montreal-Zurich-Florence return on SwissAir. Not bad, but not great. Especially with so many transfers. (Incidently, flights in and out of Canadian tend to be considerably higher than those from the U.S. presumably due to the smaller population base.)
But Friday night, when I saw Ottawa-Toronto-Rome for $650 -- more direct, full Aeroplan points -- I thought I'd better snap it up. Of course, with taxes and fuel surcharge, it comes to $1,000. There may be even cheaper tickets later in the spring, but since I haven't ever seen Rome for under $1,000 during high season. I decided to grab it.
So, now I'm back to worrying about my finances -- as usual. But I stand by my decisions. New trip, new toes, old worries!