When Eric and I first got married, we had very little of anything to set up house.
We had a bed, some dishes, a recliner chair, and….that was about it.
Having to fill up a
whole house one-bedroom apartment is expensive. So we did the best we could, and that involved buying everything for as cheap as possible.
We got the cheapest toaster, the cheapest microwave, the cheapest blender, the cheapest trash can…and everything else we bought used.
So it was no wonder that everything started breaking right about now…
Our blender was not blending. So instead of buying another cheap blender that would break in a couple of years, we splurged for the nice Ninja blender from Costco (great return policy, btw.) with all the bells and whistles.
We were also recently gifted a new coffeepot, which replaced our used one that we inherited from my parents.
Then, because I was sick of having a simple plain white trash that we bought from Walmart several years ago for about $12…
We decided to upgrade to this version, which hides any incriminating evidence from your kitchen…
But the big one–the sultan of swat, the king of crash, the colossus of clout, the GREAT BAMBINO– was the purchase of our new fridge.
It’s absolutely beautiful… and it was also sooo expensive. I think it’s one of the biggest purchases Eric and I have made in our marriage. The other most expensive thing we bought together was our TV…
Here’s what our kitchen looked like before with our used fridge that we bought for $50 when we were moving into the shack because we were SO broke. That fridge lasted us a good while, but it started making strange noises about two weeks ago and we knew it was a matter of time before it bit the bullet. Sure enough, we woke up one morning, finding all our food defrosted.
I’m so glad that we were able to buy our first fridge for $50 at the time. But now?
Now, I am perfectly content actually paying more for items that will last us a while.
I’m not sure that it counts as “lifestyle inflation” when you’re simply upgrading your lifestyle from “broke” to “middle class.”
What do you think? What have you upgraded in your life as you made more money?