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Topic: Which guilty pleasures do u spend $$ on?

  1. ecomama
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    9 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hey monkey, Sleepy and all

    I have a tube of really nice 50+ sunscreen RIGHT next to my driver's seat. I put it on, on the way to work. I've got tubes of it EVERYWHERE for me and the kids.

    Plus I wear a hat almost all the time outdoors. Unless it's night lol.

    I get my feet done when I get a present of it for mother's day, birthdays or Christmas. Or when Alexa is loaded. My last pedi was about 3 weeks ago. We got a HOT WAX TREATMENT and it blew my mind lol.

    The laser worked a treat. Yep you need to have dark hairs for it to work they told me. But I'm not that hairy, I got the arm pits and private areas done. Don't really have hairs on my arms or legs I can notice. My eyebrows need nothing. No moustache YET but there's still time lol.

    My work friend told me how she buys gel nail polish ONLY now and bought a light thingy (lol... IDK what they're called) from the Chemist to "set" it. But you need special nail polish remover then. Her nails look professionally done and seldom chip.

    I can't think of that kind of expense atm. I'd have to buy NEW nail polishes and we have buckets of the old fashioned type.

    Alexa found a wonderful female masseuse that does home visits and she wants me to do that with her next lol... hard to get a matching time to do it atm. Maybe on my leave.

    I'm not into massages, they hurt! I have a chiro and he's fine. Better than fine, works a treat once a month. My health fund extras cover means I only pay between $0 - $5 - $20 depending on how many of us go at the same time.

    But Alexa said the masseuse can do a gentle massage bec she asked her for me lol.
    IDK. Maybe during my leave soon but I'll think we'll be run off our feet then too.

    EMxxxx

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    13 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Massages are the greatest. I had one at the markets the other day and afterwards felt like I had either taken a drug, or was walking on a cloud lol.

    Yes, that's how they did my nails, using that light thing and so far no chips. They called the nails shilack. Not sure of spelling. I may invest in a whole nail kit one day...or just keep going to the professionals sparingly.

    My latest pleasure ( guilty or not) is going to be a juicer. I will be creative and make lots of different fruit and vegetable juices. Pretty sure I'm going to be healthier than I've ever been!
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    14 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    Hi Monkey and all,

    I really like that floaty, walking on a cloud feeling after a massage.

    Today I bought a ‘coconut lentil curry soup mix’ all layered in a pretty jar. A splurge as it looks like it’s supposed to be given as a gift. But I wanted it for myself. Like the idea of just chucking it all in a pot and letting it simmer without worrying about what to add or what amounts.

    Plus the colourful ingredients look so pretty layered in a jar with a lovely tag with instructions on how to cook it.
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    14 December 2020 in reply to Lillylane

    i stumbled upon a makers market the other day and on a whim bought a bouquet of dried flowers. They are gorgeous. I felt SO GUILTY afterwards. I thought I couldn't really afford it and it was a bit indulgent and I just got carried away in the fun of the market and wanted to join in and be free so had to spend some $$$...

    Why did I feel so guilty (I know why... history of abuse and neglect)....

    I want to change this. It's probably the best thing I bought for myself, it really reflects my energy, I feel very connected and inspired by the flowers... so isn't that really what money is for??

    Interesting to notice how we feel after spending. I have a lot of buyers remorse whenever I treat myelf. I find it really hard to do.

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    14 December 2020 in reply to Guest_1643

    Hey Sleepy and a wave to everyone

    I also get a yuck feeling spending money on myself.

    I can spend literally thousands on my kids and go to buy a chai and feel guilty.

    I wish I could fully understand this issue in myself, so if you get any good feedback, I'd LOVE to hear it!

    Alexa also has this issue. But she's working on it.

    She uses the phrase "I DESERVE THIS" and I'm not so comfortable with it for myself.

    Those flowers you bought sound amazing and I'm glad they lift you up when you look at them.

    Love EMxxxx

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    14 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hi Magic!

    my weakness is JB HiFi.....omg they are the Bee's Knee's

    Hope you are doing well....I love your good vibrations

    Hugs (if thats okay).....Paul

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    15 December 2020 in reply to Guest_1643

    Hi Sleepy

    I can relate and I struggle with this too. It’s interesting (and frustrating) that we feel more of a need to justify a purchase when it’s for ourselves.

    I think our subconscious recognises something we come across that is good for us. Finding something we connect with could be exactly what we need at that time. Even as our conscious mind might struggle with the decision afterwards.

    I love how flowers soften our surroundings in the way that only flowers can. However, one of our cats loves chewing on them so they often don’t last long at our place - even dry ones! Sometimes he loves just pulling them all out of the vase. I’ve tried giving him his own pot of cat grass. But tipping over vases is still too much fun apparently!

    So far the only thing he hasn’t chewed on or disturbed are some dry cotton flowers. I appreciate them even more now because they’ve survived our cat.

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    15 December 2020 in reply to Lillylane

    I bought some cool stuff for myself today with all the realisations from this thread in mind lol...

    * some beautiful Swiss products from the Health Food store to help myself heal from surgery and also for my skin... skin food lol... and there's a new product this company makes now, my favourite hand cream turned into a body cream now too. Bought those!

    * yummy Vietnamese food for dinner

    * I ordered a new phone for my daughter because hers broke last night... she's looked after her phone SO WELL and ofcourse she can't live without one lol (who can?). In a bundle they gave us a new loudspeaker for $2 extra per month. Very nice quality and we took the deal. Plus they gave her alone 60 gb of data per month and I don't think that's enough lol...

    Just joking. Better be!

    I'm getting some more tung oil for my timber floors and outdoor setting on the weekend.

    For some unknown reason I can go wild in the Hardware store and not feel an inch of guilt lol!!!

    Hey blondguy Paul HUGS right back at you!

    EMxxxx

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    15 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi everyone,

    I've really enjoyed reading all of your guilty, or not so guilty pleasures!

    Splurging on ourselves occasionally cannot be a bad thing.

    Today I bought another kaftan. For those who don't know what they are they are an oversized colourful top. I just love kaftans. I've decided that the shop " autograph" is one of my favorites.

    Let's keep the good vibrations going....eh Paul.

    🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒
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    15 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hey monkey

    I love ponchos lol... I only wear them occasionally in the Winter but they're fun and warm.

    I once bought a nice burnished orange cotton blanket (not the waffle kind) from an Op Shop then cut it in half and stitched blanket stitch all around it - and around a hole I made for the head - in a variegated thread and sent them to my daughter and her best friend living in the outback.

    Not quite a kaftan, still a happy thought!

    EMxxxx

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    23 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hi All,

    So I cooked up the soup (the coconut lentil curry soup mix in a jar). And I thought I’d report back to say it was absolutely delicious, because I know you’re all just waiting to hear that... ha! ;)

    It’s inspired me to try variations on the ingredients. I find cooking a bit of a chore most of the time, so this is a good thing.

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    23 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em, very creative of you to turn a blanket into something wearable!

    Hi Lillylane,
    That's great that the ingredients in the pretty jar turned out delicious and has inspired you to cook. Yummo.

    Sometimes life required a bit of sparkle to keep us going again. Speaking of sparkle, I really hope I can get in for a manicure tomorrow. I want my nails to match my toenails. Really want to dress them up for Christmas time.
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    23 December 2020
    Hi all,

    I got myself wrist braces, which seem like a silly exercise aid that I didn't really need to buy at the time but don't really feel guilty about this purchase coz it is so damn handy and has many uses! You can use them for workouts and when you are driving and working at a desk, to keep those pesky RSI injuries at bay!
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    23 December 2020 in reply to Tay100

    Hey Lilly Pilly!

    Love that you liked the coconut lentil curry! Phew I was waiting with baited breath for the outcome! LOL!

    Hey Tay100!

    I LOVE those wrist supports! They worked so well when I had carpal tunnel.

    GOOD on you! lol.

    I bought myself a pretty pair of gold earrings this week and 2 pairs of Summer shoes today.

    Noice!

    EMxxxx

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    26 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Thanks ecomama- they are very handy! And I hope the summer shoes get lots of use too!
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    26 December 2020 in reply to Tay100

    Hey Tay, those wrist supports are very handy. I had ones made specially for me in the hospital bec of the multiple babies in my belly at the time. They kept my hands flat out when I slept bec my hands would turn into fists when I slept and that perpetuated the issue.

    I'm glad you bought them for yourself.

    Yeah I have a pair of those shoes on right now! lol, spongy and comfy.

    I bought myself an electric slicer on sale and I'm SO GLAD I did!
    It's coming in very handy with all the kid's meals.
    Slices anything!

    I sliced up a wombok cabbage for a salad and it worked a beauty!

    EMxxxx

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    26 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Strong wrists and sliced food, and they go hand in hand lol...
    My lame attempt at a joke haha.
    Awesome purchases Tay & Eco.

    I've been spending a lot of money on fruit and veg because I've been juicing everything and I feel guilty. Then I say to myself U can't put a price on nutrition. It's strange how I feel guilty spending a lot on fruit and veg. Never bought this much in my life lol. Today I spent nearly $60 on loads of apples, carrots, cucumbers, mangoes, strawberries, baby spinach, bananas, raw beetroot, celery, and watermelon.
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    26 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hey hey monkey!

    Just take stock for a minute there! I think this is an INVESTMENT!

    So your yummy fruit and veg purchases may last 5 days or so?

    Do you KNOW how much they charge for ONE fresh juice and it was a SMALL one?
    EIGHT DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS lol. So given that calculation, you'd get about 7 small cups.

    Count them as you juice this week and I bet you're gonna get double or far more out of all that!
    omg my chooks would LOVE you here! They love pecking at the peels and chunky stuff from the juicer lol.

    But you have NO IDEA how much you'd have to spend if your health deteriorated.
    And most stuff we do buy for our "health" is highly processed and comes in tablet form... no way is that as beneficial for your gut and digestive system.

    I think you should be PROUD you're spending money on fresh fruit and veg and SAVING money and stress and crap on fixing your health.

    Remember you can always visit a Community Garden to pick some yummies for free, if you feel inclined. It's there for ALL.

    Knock yourself OUT monkey girl!

    I'm going off to buy some tonight to join you!

    EMxxxx

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    26 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    I like the way you see things Em!!!

    I've already made half the juice and a smoothie and I've calculated I'd get at least 30 small cups juice and 20 smoothies out of all the fresh produce I bought. Wow, that's a lot! Like I said I like the way you see things!!!

    Just had a mango,banana,baby spinach smoothie it was sooo good. And had some watermelon, strawberry,apple, cucumber juice-yum. I'm making loads today lol!

    And you can also freeze the produce to last longer....

    I'd happily give your chooks the pulp. I have no use for it here.

    Happy shopping Em!
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    26 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hi MM

    Juices and smoothies are so expensive in stores

    and sometimes they combine fresh juices with pre-bottled and use a lot of apple juice as a base and so few fresh fruits and veg...

    ur doing the best for ur bod and stocking up on goodness. i am so excited for all the juices u can make with ur bundle.

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    26 December 2020 in reply to Guest_1643
    Hi Sleepy,

    I bought loads lol. I got the box of mangoes and box of bananas for only $5 each because I guess they were the reject boxes. Good for smoothies though. And a packet of carrots was only $1.29. Everything was quite cheaply priced but altogether it seems a lot of money especially since I've been buying a bundle a couple times a week. Now that I know how much I get out of it I'm a little excited.

    I usually spend much more but I went to the cheapest fruit & veg store I know today.

    See you around the threads!
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    26 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    LOL Great!

    It's your accountant ecomama popping in again to say by your calculations, that's around $1 per cup.... probably less but you will have far more vitamins in that cup you made yourself than anything you could buy.

    I'm not sure how you go when you begin travelling down the healthy choices path but I have a flow on effect when I'm doing it.

    By DOING this you may just find yourself avoiding other things that are detrimental to your health... idk but I do! SO you're not buying as much fizzy and other stuff, looking after yourself in so many other ways.

    It's pennies compared to all that.

    You'll notice a glow that make up can't copy, your hair and nails will be stronger and more vibrant etc etc.

    Remember that all this is an Investment in YOU.
    EMxxxx

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    26 December 2020 in reply to ecomama

    hey Em - very true what ur saying

    it's hard to invest in healthy food - i feel guilty too

    hard to invest in ourselves. and yet so so necessary. Sounds fun MM choosing the fruit and veg at good prices... those mangoes sound amazing.

    Now you can have all the options and have fun with it

    To be honest this thread has made me even doubt the smoothies i sometimes buy... a few reviews online said they don't even use good ingredients.

    ur making the real stuff. And ur body will be so happy!!!

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    26 December 2020 in reply to Guest_1643

    Hey Sleepy!

    When you put the accountant spreadsheet formula over the top of the healthy foods you buy.... compared to the junk we could buy.....

    it's cheap as chips!

    I just want everyone to grow food too! lol... but I really urge everyone to take a walk through a Community Garden and TAKE any foods you want to! All that happens is that MORE is planted and it brings JOY to the ppl who care for these gardens that the Community is USING it!
    If anyone wants help to grow their own food then the Gardening thread's over there >>>> too lol.

    But seeing GPs less because our health has improved... less hospitalisations... feeling better... it's ALL worth spending money on healthy food.

    We've gotta eat something lol!

    I wouldn't worry about the smoothies you love Sleepy, you deserve a treat too!
    If there's fruit thrown in then that's a bonus!

    I'm going to take my dog for a walk in the morning to the Community Garden around the corner.
    I'll remember to take my secateurs and a bag for the goodies.

    I can feel a healthy Asian soup coming on for dinner tomorrow night! I can SMELL it already! Lol.

    EMxxxx

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    28 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi ecomama- I'm glad the wrist braces are a saving grace for you! If I may ask, what does wombok cabbage taste like?? Never heard of it!
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    28 December 2020 in reply to Tay100

    Hi Tay!

    Hi Em

    I like ur thinking about saving money on healthy food.... U really make a great point there. I think this thread is awesome because spending money on our health is so connected to MH care. x

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    Had my first pedicure then my first manicure and I love how this nail polish doesn't chip or crack. It still looks amazing. It's shellac.

    This has inspired me to buy my own nail kit with UV light to get these kinds nails done at home.

    So my next guilty pleasure will be a nail kit to have longer lasting beautiful nails.

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    9 January 2021 in reply to Guest_1643

    Hi Sleepy21

    I agree, you could write books and books on this topic! It's especially great when the food tastes great and is packed with good stuff for the body.

    monkey_magic, nail kits are greatest, you'll never going to a salon after mastering the kit!

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