The Wish List

by Erika Torres

Too early to be putting together “the List”? This isn’t really a Christmas list, per se…more  like an overall Wish List. Does that make it better? Moving on…

This past year has taught me an incredible lesson on materialism.

We held two garage sales, where I saw stuff that we spent ridiculous amounts of money on sell for a buck a piece. It was depressing. I took out a lot of the excess in my life that I had gotten accustomed to–like my bi-weekly mani-pedi–to save money, but I also learned how to appreciate things more.

I no longer buy a sweater because it’s on sale. I buy it because I really, really love it. I learned if I don’t absolutely love it–it doesn’t matter how cheap it is, I won’t buy it.

I’ve learned how to be frugal, I’ve learned what’s worth budgeting on and what’s definitely not worth budgeting on. And this is how I came up with my Wish List.

Most of these things will take a while to save up for–and will definitely come after we pay off our debt, but it kind of gives you something to look forward to, you know?

The Canon Power Shot G11

It’s one of the best point and shoot cameras out there. I want to be able to take higher-quality pictures without having to learn how to use a DSLR. I feel that because of my outdated point-and-shoot, we haven’t documented as much of our first year as newlyweds.

The Flip Ultra HD Video Camera

Small, convenient, and cute. What else can you possibly ask for in a video camera? Perfect for documenting memories!


Eric and I didn’t have a “real” honeymoon. We did take a quick little getaway to a local vineyard, which was fabulous, but I would LOVE to take a long overseas trip somewhere just the two of us, especially before we have kids! In my mind, I picture beaches and pina coladas.

Flatscreen TV

Dear Mr. Flatscreen, You will be mine someday. And I will love you forever and ever. The end.

A House

My dream home would have a front porch, a large backyard, stainless steel appliances and high ceilings. I’m not picky. I feel like a home is something far, far in the future…unless we somehow move to somewhere where prices don’t start in the $400,000’s for a two-bedroom.


You may be mine sooner than you think.

Spa Day

Spa Days and I used to be besties. Then Debt came along and caused my breakup with Spa Days. But come April, Debt will be gone, and my birthday will be here, and I think Spa Day and I just might get together. Just maybe.

What’s on YOUR wish list?


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City Girl November 11, 2010 - 7:43 pm

Love the wish list! I’m betting that you’ll get the boots by Christmas, the Spa Day by your birthday, and the honeymoon by next summer.

I’ll like a new set of wheels, but living in the city, I don’t really need them. Maybe next year…

Tiffany November 4, 2010 - 10:23 pm

I don’t even want to think about a wishlist, still paying off debt! UGH! But I do still treat myself to monthly manicures, is that bad? I love those boots, you must share where they’re from?! And I love spa days, but haven’t had one in over a year,…I always think well that money could go towards the credit cards…..HAHA. Gotta love budgeting and paying bills!

Mysti November 4, 2010 - 7:51 am

We didn’t take a “real” honeymoon either, and I sooooo regret it. At almost 13 yrs now….we still haven’t done it. Once the kids came, that idea really went down the tubes.

Please do it. You will be sorry if you don’t.

Akirah November 4, 2010 - 7:26 am

If you want a nice house that doesn’t cost that much, move to Pittsburgh.


We were also named the country’s most livable city…I believe two out of three years? 🙂

Amanda November 3, 2010 - 10:57 pm

I think self.com is giving away one of those video recorders! I’ve become the queen of giveaways because I don’t ever want to spend actual money! 🙂

prettylittlereckless November 3, 2010 - 9:18 pm

awesome list! Love the honeymoon idea 🙂

I honestly don’t have anything on my list. I’ve been wanting a big flat screen as well. I saw my dad eyeing up prices on the Kitchen Aid mixer I’ve been nagging them for for years 😉

Erini November 3, 2010 - 6:10 pm

Definitely Spa Day. And new boots. And a trip to Florida (Pensacola).

…. and new pants for work. I only have one pair that are comfortable, and I’ve worn them a lot these past 4 weeks…

Kelly November 3, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Great list….

When I really want a massage but don’t want to spend a fortune, I go to Body Centre Day Spa – no saunas, hot tubs, showers, etc, but they give a damn good inexpensive massage…. I always get the extra “back therapy” – it’s fantastic……

Serendipity November 3, 2010 - 3:12 pm

This idea was too cute. I want to make my own wish list now. The things I can think off the top of my head? Boots ( I somehow can’t find a nice pair within my budget.), a convertible and a Burberry trench. I kind of already have everything I want and need, the things I really want ( lose weight, no car payment, etc) don’t really have to be purchased. It’s more of hard work than anything. 🙂

eemusings November 3, 2010 - 2:49 pm


Good headphones so I can play (electric) guitar without worrying about being too loud – I usually only play on my days off; by the time I get home on work days it’s quite late and I don’t want to disturb our neighbours. Plus we live in a studio, and it means T has to put up with my noise.


A reliable car.

Eventually, a house.

Red November 3, 2010 - 2:28 pm

Move to Knoxville! Our dream home (3 beds, 2 bath with land) start at around $100,000! 😉

I’m going to copy you on the blog. This is a great idea! 🙂

IntrigueMe (Quarter For Her Thoughts) November 3, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Oh… a new dinette set (seriously can’t stop dreaming about those chairs in the photo I emailed you), a flat screen (Christmas bonus in December- woot!), a new bed with shelves and cabinets built into the headboard, kitchen stuff, boots, new jeans, this heirloom bracelet from Stella and Dot, a boyfriend (oops, did I say that out loud?), and a partridge in a pair tree.

brandt @ New House on the Blog November 3, 2010 - 7:15 am

First of all, I was able to snag a refurbished Flip Mino HD (records 2 hrs of 720p quality video) for 75 bucks a few weeks back from Woot.com, and it’s wonderful. I’ve heard the Ultra is a better camera, though. We love ours!

Here’s my list


2. Ashley’s been wanting a DSLR camera for a long time, but my goodness, could those things be any more expensive?

3. I waited 3 years to get my flat screen, and I love it. But I would love a wonderful surround sound system to go with it.

4. We’d like a real honeymoon like yours. My parents have a place in Northern Michigan that is to die for, and we were able to have a cheap honeymoon, but we’ve been throwing around the idea of a week long trip to the Caribbean. However, I’m realizing now how expensive those things can be.

5. You were BFF’s with Spa Days, I was eBff’s with Amazon and his wonderful DVD collection. I’d like to get back to those days, where I could literally buy a DVD per week because of how cheap it was (it adds up very quickly).


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