I work damn hard at my job. Damn. Hard. Usually I rue the day when I get out of bed. But not in February. You see, February is Bonus Time. The bonus is not massively ginormus, but it is a decent amount of cash. A large sum is going into savings, but I am setting aside $600 FOR ME. No guilt!
Now I am at a crossroads. It's easy to salivate over The Bonus and the resplendent cash, but I tell you... 2 or 3 big ticket items and The Bonus is gone! It is so sad. So we must be careful with The Bonus.
Here's what I'm thinking I COULD get with The Bonus:
1) A facial and pedicure at a local spa. I always get a face wax because I am hairy.
Total cost (including tip): $200.
Enjoyment Level: High.
Necessity: Negligible (could get cheaper wax job elsewhere).
Satisfaction: Always leaves me wanting more!
2) A natural skin care system that will help my flaky, itchy skin and acne marks.
Total cost (including shipping): $180
Enjoyment level: Meh. I hate washing my face (sensory issues).
Necessity: High - my face needs some serious help.
Longevity: 6 months.
Satisfaction: Well if I actually use it and it works I will be very satisfied. But will I use it or will I have just dropped $180 on nice smelling products that will sit on my shelf? Conundrum.
3) 3 month long T-Tapp online course intended to develop consistency, goal setting, and accountability.
Total cost (discounted): $200
Enjoyment level: Medium.
Necessity: High - my stomach is starting to scare me.
Longevity: 3 month class, but if I actually DO develop consistency and accountablility, indefinite.
Satisfaction: If I do the class and gain from it, I will be satisfied. Let us not remark on the last time Lisa did an online class for T-Tapp and dropped out after two weeks. Also I have way less time now, so it would be more of a challenge.
4) Mad money.
Total cost: variable up to $600
Enjoyment: High. I love to spend!
Longevity: How long does mad money ever last?
Satisfaction: Medium to low. Those impulse purchases never turn out to be as good at home as they were in the store.
So what would you do? Help me out!