Buy The Souvenir

If you're planning a trip, you should also plan to buy the souvenir that catches your eye. Find out why at first time I went to Japan, someone wise (I think my mom) told me to buy the souvenir if I liked it because I might not be able to find it again. But being there for a month on a limited budget of foreign currency, I didn’t listen when I found a Hello Kitty violin-shaped music box in a store down the block from where we were staying. It was a little more than I wanted to spend on a trinket, and I wasn’t sure that I would love it two weeks later.

Almost as soon as I left it, I couldn’t get it out of my head. “Didn’t your mom tell you to buy something if you see it?” my aunt asked me. “Yes,” i said, kicking myself.

We were able to get back to the shop, and, thank goodness, the music box was still there. I paid for it and it turned into such a prized possession. Almost two decades later, I still have it displayed.

So my advice: buy the souvenir.

We went to Hilton Head Island in June, and I saw a shirt in the resort lobby that I liked. It was a white, long sleeved shirt that said “Hilton Head Island” on the back. You know those, right? They’re very touristy. And priced accordingly. This shirt was $65, and there was no way I was going to pay $65 for a shirt.

Oh, I should have.

Two months later and I’m still thinking about that shirt. I would have worn it a dozen times, I bet. But instead, I left it behind.

I’m really frugal. I pinch pennies, squeeze nickels together until they bleed. I don’t shop without coupons, I combine rebates with deals, I save free money to buy stocking stuffers, and I would rather go thirsty than overpay for a bottle of water. So a $65 shirt? Nope. Not for me.

Sometimes, though, it’s okay to splurge. Especially when you’re on vacation. It’s a memory more than a t-shirt. And if you pinch pennies and make sure you save two cents per gallon by going to a gas station across the street, that

But the truth is: You save on shampoo so you can spend on champagne. Basically, you clip coupons so you have money in case you want to indulge. And souvenirs, they’re an indulgence. But being frugal means you can treat yourself sometimes.

So buy that expensive knickknack, spend money on that $65 shirt. It’s worth it.

Do you indulge? Do you buy the souvenir? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Heidi

    September 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Ugh, I do the same thing!!!! 😣 It’s been 30+ years and I still could kick myself for not buying a particular, specific style ring in Germany!!!

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