Favorite Things: Sherri’s favorite small splurgesEvery girl needs to splurge every now and then. But as someone who watches my pennies, I make sure my splurges are inexpensive.
By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM
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Every girl needs to splurge every now and then. But as someone who watches my pennies, I make sure my splurges are inexpensive.
These are some of my favorite pick-me-up purchases, for less than $10.
- Lip gloss
I’m not much of a make-up wearer, but I always make sure there’s a little bit of color on my lips. My current go-to product is Cover Girl’s NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Clove. It’s like a lightweight lipstick with just a bit of shine, and contains SPF 15 sunscreen ($6.49 at discount retailers).
- Caramel coffee treat
I swapped my daily coffeehouse habit in favor of making my own brew years ago, but every now and then I still like to buy a caffeine-laden jolt. In the summer, an especially decadent treat is a McCafé Frappé Caramel. The icy blend is topped with whipped cream (of course!) and a drizzle of caramel sauce ($2.89 for a medium at McDonald’s).
- Jewelry and accessories
When my wardrobe needs a little updating, or my spirits need a little uplifting, I like to pick out something pretty from the accessories section at West Acres’ Forever 21. The store, geared toward young adults, features trendy pieces at teeny prices (though its return policy is stringent). I recently purchased this striped scarf with metallic threading scarf for $4.80. I’m still in love with these gold chandelier earrings with rhinestones that I purchased several months ago. Similar pairs sell for $5.80.
- Nail polish
An inexpensive bottle of polish is a great way to try the season’s hip nail shades without breaking the bank. I bought this shiny lilac shade for $1.97 at Wal-Mart this spring.
- Floral bouquet
Nothing brightens a dreary day or room like a bouquet of fresh flowers. And you don’t need to wait for someone else to send them to you. Country Greenery in Fargo or Moorhead is a great place to get a dozen carry-out roses (usually $10.99). I’ll occasionally grab a mixed bouquet for less than $10 from my neighborhood Hornbacher’s.