By MyBankTracker  Tue Mar 19, 2013

MBT Talks: What Was Your Last Big Splurge?

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For this week’s MBT Talks, we want to know: what’s the last thing you splurged on?

Laura: Aside from plane tickets and hotels, the last expensive (relatively speaking) thing I bought was a Clarisonic Mia brush — $129.26 on Sept. 5, 2012. For the uninitiated, Clarisonic makes these vibrating brushes that are meant to deep clean your skin (mostly face, but body too), and the things are not cheap, especially compared to the knock-offs you can buy for about $30. I was wary of dropping that much money on something I had never tried, so I did all my due research, which in this case meant reading a lot of reviews and watching YouTube tutorials for how to use it effectively.

Fortunately, I’m very happy with the purchase six months later! It was totally worth the money… every night, all the New York City pollution gets expunged from my pores. Life is good.

Alex: Let’s see, mine was a pair of Billy Reid sneakers, which cost me about $400.

Claire: The last big splurge I made was purchasing a trip to Greece for my husband and I last year. I think plane tickets were $1,800 combined, and I had booked a few hotels, so overall it was closer to $2,000. The bad news is, we ended up canceling the trip because of the somewhat volatile situation that was happening at the time, with strikes and protests going on in Athens.

Because I purchased the flights from one of those discount sites, I ended up paying over $500 in fees to cancel. We were eventually able to use the credit to book a flight domestically, which were the most expensive domestic flights we ever booked. It still hurts to think about it.

Amy: Claire, that hurt me to read.

This isn’t something I already splurged on, but an upcoming splurge I’m planning. My back has been hurting me — probably because of sitting at work all day and then sitting some more at home — and I need to get a nicer chair for my desk at home. I’ve just begun doing research on decent chairs and there are so many expensive chairs in the world, I don’t even know where to begin. It will probably be something in the $300 range. (Sighs.)

Simon: I regularly splurge when eating out with friends, since I rarely splurge on other things.

But, if I had to point out my last outrageous purchase, it would probably be a pair of sneakers (actually, it was two pairs of the same sneakers) that were released in November. I probably won’t wear them much, if at all.

They cost $160 a pair (before taxes) but I guess my love for sneakers still trumps the hurt to my wallet. (They were Air Jordan sneakers in the same colorway of those that Michael Jordan wore to make a clutch shot in the first round of the 1989 NBA playoffs.)

Even if I don’t wear them, I can always sell them for a profit…

Laura: I’d like to know how much Simon has splurged on food before!

Simon: The most expensive meal I’ve had was $69 at a lobster place. The worst thing is that the meal ended up being just so-so.

Anthony: My last splurge was actually not a fun one: I lost my iPhone on a cab, so I had to buy a new one. Can’t be phone-less.

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MBT readers, what’s the last thing you splurged on? Make us feel less guilty by telling us about your last big purchase(s) in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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