Make the most of National Splurge Day

Yahoo Shopping

View gallery

.
June 18 is National Splurge Day. So said Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, who calls herself “America’s premier eventologist,” when she invented it in 1994. Somehow it got traction.

Now every June 18 has become an excuse for Americans to treat themselves to things they might not typically buy. Just like birthdays. According to Ron Swanson, “Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.”I'm not one to suggest wanton spending in this - or any other - economy. "It sends a shiver down our frugal, money-saving spines,” says the good folks at Dealnews, and I couldn’t agree more. Like any bad idea, if you’re to splurge on things you may not need you may as well do it as safely as possible. That is why I’ve teamed up with Dealnews to help diehard shoppers through this this vapid faux-holiday and, hopefully, save you some dough (and pride) along the way.

The Ultimate Chair

The Aeron Chair by Herman Miller


Congratulations to those of you whose bosses provide Aeron chairs in the workforce. They are among the most ergonomically beautiful chairs on the market. And they have the prices to match.“Starting at $679, these seats are way more expensive than the ones you'll find at Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples. However, when you’re sitting in a chair for at least 40 hours a week, shouldn’t you gets something that's designed to fit your butt like a glove?”

The chair comes with a full 12-year warranty, which is better than you can say for a lot of furniture at this price point. If you splurge on this item, it’s because you value your spine and want a piece of furniture that will last instead of that cheap “executive chair” you buy every few years only to deposit on the curb next to your trash when it becomes impossible to adjust.

Bed Linens


The average American spends almost nine hours a day sleeping, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sadly, they probably spend those nine hours sleeping on average sheets. If you’ve been to a nice hotel, you know the difference.“When it comes to bedding, treat yourself like a king (or twin, or queen, or California king) because there's a noticeable difference between budget, 200-thread-count sheets and luxury, Egyptian Cotton sheets.”


Cosmetics

Cosmetics

“The point of makeup is to enhance a person’s beauty in an inconspicuous way. Cheaper cosmetics are less likely to look natural and will probably cake up later in the day and become a conspicuous way of 'de-hancing' your beauty. Better quality cosmetics are far more likely to work with the conditions of your skin and look good on you, but they'll cost a bit more.”


Toilet Paper

Let’s be honest with each other: We all prefer our own bathroom. It’s our home base. Our Fortress of Solitude appointed with the magazines we like to read and a door that locks securely. When the time comes to handle one of life’s necessary – but private – duties, we want to be in our own bathroom. So why do we buy cheap toilet paper? Can’t we all agree that comfort in the swim trunk area is something worth a few extra dollars?“Yes, it may last a little longer per roll, but we advocate treating your delicate parts a little more delicately. And, honestly, with all the toilet paper deals we see, it's hard to even call this one a splurge, since it's so easy to save money on the ‘good stuff.’”

Razors and Razor BladesHave you ever looked in a friend's medicine cabinet – just looking for some Aspirin, of course – and wondered why he had so many half-used, dime store razors in there? I mean, it's your face, Man! Why shred it to save a few sheckles?“It's worth your comfort to spend a bit more to get a better shave — one that doesn't result in having to apply pieces of toilet paper all over your money maker afterwards. Now, we're not advocating for any specific brand, so buy whatever you can find a deal on. Just stop buying the blades that are sold by bulk in a bag.”


View gallery

.

The toddler tattoo

Tattoos

If there’s one shopping motto that has served me well in life it is this: “Never buy bargain tattoos or half-priced sushi.” Still, not a week goes by when I don’t see some teenager at the deli showing off some scribbles on his arm he got “from a friend” who is a “wicked good tattoo artist.” Trust me. I have a sleeve of Spider-Man tattoos that’s nearly 20 years old and it looks as good as it did when it was new. Look for a reputable artist in a clean shop displaying the proper license certificates. Ask a lot of questions, peruse examples of their work and even ask for references from prior clients. Also, don’t go to a tattoo studio if you don’t know what kind of tattoo you want. If you don’t know, you’re not ready for one.

Major Home Improvement

"How hard could it be to build a deck?" Answer: Very. DIY is great, but sometimes it pays to pay a professional to get it done faster and better than you ever could. Sure, you can save some money, but do you have the time, skill, and patience to get it done right? Something that might take you a month of Sundays to build could have taken a professional a single afternoon. So unless DIY is ‘your thing,’ avoid catastrophe and hire a pro instead.”

Clothing and Shoes


Good clothing is often more expensive because more care and better quality materials were used in making it. I don’t think you should always buy the high-end, designer original items, but clothing is truly a “get what you pay for” proposition. Thrift stores are a great choice if you like vintage, well-made clothing and don’t mind hunting. But the appeal of cheap outfits at bargain stores such as Old Navy quickly fades away when that outfit falls apart by the next season. After you invest in better clothes, make sure to read up on how to make clothing last longer.

New Multiplayer Video Games


I’m a huge proponent of buying used video games a few months after they launch. They’re cheaper and just as entertaining no matter when you buy them. Unless you’re into multiplayer.“If you like playing in giant frag-fests online, then you'll want to jump on a game as soon as it’s released, as the online multiplayer community is a constantly-shifting entity, centered around the latest titles. Wait a couple months to get a deal on a game, and you'll find the multiplayer community has dried up, as players have moved on to the next game. Thankfully, many game preorders see discounts or include other perks (exclusive downloadable content or gift cards), so it's not exactly like paying retail, anyway.”


View gallery

.

Iron Men

Movies at the Theater

Even the finest home theater systems can’t compare to the thrill of seeing a new-release film at a modern movie theater. You’re paying the extra money to laugh with a crowd at a comedy or cheer with a packed house at the climax of an uplifting summer blockbuster. You’re paying for an experience. Even if it’s something you only do a few times a year – it is insanely expensive, after all – it’s worth it if you pick the right movie.


Readers, we want to hear from you! Are you planning on making a splurge today? Connect with us on Twitter with hashtag #NationalSplurgeDay @yahooshopping or leave a comment below.

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Trump Speaks With Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, Breaking Policy

      President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen by phone, according to the Trump transition team, breaking with decades of delicate U.S. policy on China. Friday night, Trump issued two tweets defending the move, which may cause tensions with China. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi downplayed the call Saturday, describing it as "just a small trick by Taiwan" that he believed would not change U.S. policy toward China, according to Hong Kong's Phoenix TV.

      Good Morning America
    • J.J. Watt accidentally outs relationship in Christmas photo

      A picture is worth a thousand words, or in J.J. Watt’s case, a stocking. After putting the finishing touches on his holiday decor Thursday, the NFL star gave fans a glimpse of his Christmas cheer via Snapchat. But Watt may have slipped up by displaying — tucked away in the background, as Terez Owens was first to point out — a second stocking marked with a “K” for stunning soccer-playing girlfriend Kealia Ohai. Watt has yet to address the relationship publicly, though Ohai — the sister-in-law of Texans teammate Brian Cushing — talked about the pair in October. “The rumors are true. We are dating,” Ohai confirmed on the 2 Up Front podcast. “I’ve known J.J. for a really long time, and we’ve always

      New York Post q
    • Investigator Believes Sex Trafficking Could Be Motive Behind Sherri Papini Kidnapping Case

      A private investigator and veteran human trafficking expert believes California mom Sherri Papini‘s case has the hallmarks of sex trafficking.

      People
    • Kanye West Living Apart from ‘Concerned’ Kim Kardashian for Medical Reasons: Source

      Kanye West is out of the hospital, but the rapper is not back home with his wife Kim Kardashian West and their two children. A source close to the family tells PEOPLE the entertainer, 39, is living apart from his family for the time being and continuing treatment for undisclosed mental health issues after leaving UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital earlier this week. “He is receiving outpatient care else with a medical team,” says the source.

      People
    • Trump's Carrier speech 'absolutely chilling,' economic analyst says

      Economic policy analyst Jimmy Pethokoukis called Donald Trump's Carrier speech the worst economic speech buy a politician in decades.

      CNBC
    • Jennifer Lawrence's Latest Red Carpet Looks Are Out of This World (6 photos)

      Based on the trailer for Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s new movie Passengers , the space movie is going to be very sad and very sexy. At each promotional stop though, the actress is making people happy by letting down her new hair extensions and wearing some hot ensembles. And while the promotional tour only recently kicked off, Lawrence has already pulled off a number of diverse and stunning looks. From tight-fitting midi skirts to cool skirt suits, the actress hits the mark every time. Check out some of her best looks so far. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

      Yahoo Style
    • Mummified Body In Woman's Attic Believed To Be Missing Grandson

      A Pennsylvania woman made a disturbing discovery on Wednesday when she found a badly decomposed body in the attic of her home. Authorities suspect it’s her grandson, who disappeared two years ago. Zanobia Richmond, 65, heard something fall in the upstairs of her Erie home Wednesday afternoon, according to Erie’s WICU 12 News. When she went to investigate, she was shocked to discover a badly decomposed body had fallen against her attic door. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook is now working to confirm the identity of the body, but told The Erie Times-News officials are confident the body is Richmond’s missing grandson, Dyquain Rogers. “That is where he lived,” Cook said. Authorities will use dental

      The Huffington Post q
    • Inside Edition
    • Jadeveon Clowney looks like a child wearing Vince Wilfork's jersey

      Players and coaches have to find ways to keep things fun, and the Houston Texans seem to have a good grip on that idea. Texans players decided to switch jerseys at practice Friday, and no swap was better than the one between Vince Wilfork and Jadeveon Clowney. A few Texans players switched jerseys at practice today, but the Vince Wilfork and Jadeveon Clowney swap is probably the best.

      SB Nation q
    • Trump voter has buyer’s remorse after Steve Mnuchin picked for treasury secretary

      Teena Colebrook purchased a triplex in Hawthorne, Calif., in 1998. Now her home is one of 36,000 foreclosures by OneWest, a bank that became known as “a foreclosure machine.” Donald Trump’s pick for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, headed an investment group that formerly owned that bank, and Colebrook holds Mnuchin responsible for her foreclosure.

      Yahoo News Video
    • Five Things To Know About Sherri Papini and Her Family

      In early November, California mother Sherri Papini mysteriously vanished after she left her Redding, California, home for a routine jog. “It all started with a first kiss in middle school,” Sherri wrote on the blog for her 2009 wedding. Sherri moved away and lost touch with Keith for several years, she writes on the blog.

      People
    • This baby with amazing hair is going to make your day.

      LONDON — Remember Baby Bear, the Irish tot with a glorious mane of luscious locks?   Well, there's a new hairy child in town.  Her name is Alexandra and, at just 2-months-old, she has a head of hair that is sure to win the internet's heart like the bouffanted babes that have come before her.  SEE ALSO: A very big-haired baby interrupts live Kim Kardashian TV report Reddit user brngrhm84 uploaded this image of his baby girl, and it has since gone viral because HOLY COW that's a lot of hair: As a bald man, I'm very proud of my 2 month old's hair from aww Let the photoshop battles begin. BONUS: Baby falling off table caught by lightning quick 9-year-old brother

      Mashable q
    • Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs

      A Mexican official tells CNBC that "nobody" there believed Trump's campaign rhetoric, but they believe him now.

      CNBC
    • Sasha Obama’s $695 Christmas-Tree-Lighting Coat Just Made It to the Top of Our Wish Lists

      The Obamas had their final Christmas-tree lighting on the Ellipse in President’s Park last night, and of course, the first family showed up in style. While they all looked great, with Barack keeping it simple with a long, black coat, a suit, and a burgundy scarf, and Michelle wearing a black coat with a metallic pattern on the front, we were particularly digging Sasha’s outerwear — a faux-fur deep navy blue Opening Ceremony coat.

      Yahoo Style
    • Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

      SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger.

      Associated Press
    • 4 Potential Replacements for Brian Kelly at Notre Dame

      If Notre Dame decides to move on from Brian Kelly as the Fighting Irish's head football coach, these 4 individuals would make excellent replacements.

      The Cheat Sheet q
    • Here's how much interns will make at companies like Facebook and Google in 2017

      Some big companies are paying their interns more than $8,000 a month.

      CNBC.com q
    • Kickstarter 'universe in a sphere' is a desk ornament designed to awe you

      New Kickstarter campaign “Universe in a Sphere” is a stunning glass sphere, containing a hyper-detailed 3D representation of not just our own galaxy, but a hefty chunk of the observable universe as we know it.

      Digital Trends
    • Forget Black Friday, Best Buy is about to host a ‘Special Edition’ sale

      Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us at this point, but the special Christmas sales are just getting started. Best Buy on Friday announced its first "Special Edition Tech collection" sale. Beginning on December 4th, Best Buy will start selling a “one-of-a-kind” collection of products that you might not find anywhere else this holiday season. DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Best Buy will have the following products in limited quantities, both online and in select stores, “so when they’re gone, they’re gone.” Mind you, the list does not include some of the hottest tech gadgets in town, like the iPhone 7 or the PS4 Pro. But that doesn’t make the sale any less exciting. Here’s what’s included in Best Buy’s first Special Edition Tech collection: Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable, $2,499.98 Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop, $1,299.99 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black, $1,199.99 The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable, $649.98 GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games, $399.99 Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors, $379.99 each Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set, $99.99 kate spade new york Activity Tracker, $98 TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro, $79.99 South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat, $69.99 South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 Finally, you should also know that Best Buy offers you free shipping on select Special Edition products and all other products from now through December 24th. Best Buy Introduces Special Edition Tech Collection for the Holidays New collection features limited-edition tech gifts; most exclusive to Best Buy  MINNEAPOLIS—Friday, Dec. 2, 2016—This year, Best Buy is making it possible for customers to find that unique, one-of-a-kind gift that stands out from the rest. Today, Best Buy announced its first ever Special Edition Tech collection, a set of 11 limited-quantity tech gadgets—most of which are available only at Best Buy. This list of gadgets includes an exclusive Shinola turntable, a Bazooka-pink kate spade new york activity tracker, a Lenovo Yoga laptop individually numbered with a painted depth glass cover and more. These products will be available in select Best Buy stores and most will be available at BestBuy.com starting this Sunday, Dec. 4. Many are available for a limited time only, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Best Buy's Special Edition Tech 2016: · Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable, $2,499.98 · Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop, $1,299.99 · Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors, $379.99 each · kate spade new york Activity Tracker, $98 · DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black, $1,199.99 · TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro, $79.99 · The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable, $649.98 · GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games, $399.99 · Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set, $99.99 · South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 · Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat, $69.99 This year, customers can take advantage of free shipping on select Special Edition products and all products, with no minimum, on BestBuy.com through Dec. 24. Make the most of your Special Edition tech with help from Best Buy’s Geek Squad® Agents. Agents are available in-store, in-home and online to assist 24/7/365. Visit www.bestbuy.com/geeksquad for details and to schedule an appointment.

      BGR News