September 30, 2016

Investing in Yourself: How to Splurge Like a Pro This Season

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When, where and how to splurge is a conundrum even the most successful women struggle with. You work hard for your money. You know you can’t take it with you when you die. And you deserve to enjoy what you’ve earned. But you also know buyer’s remorse is real and that it feels really, really bad. Nordstrom’s has built an empire based on it’s lifetime return policy for crying out loud. Does that mean that Nordy’s is the only place to spend your hard earned cash? Hardly. Here’s your guide for making big purchases with your hard earned bucks that you’ll never regret.

Explore the World

The Dalai Lama advises us to visit one new place every year. Never before in history has this been more affordable, safe or satisfying. Feeling restless? Adventurous? Down in the dumps? Trust us, travel is the remedy. Getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing other cultures is the single best way to get out of a funk or prevent getting into one. And there are so many resources available to you online that make traveling more affordable and customizable than it has ever been. Are you a control freak? Plan out every aspect of your trip with an app like Tripscope. Get the courage to step out into the world solo and keep in touch with friends and family for free with the WhatsApp app. Get an airline miles credit card or get familiar with websites like Airfarewatchdog.com to find the best fares on last minute trips and never regret one minute or a single penny spent. These are the trips you’ll tell your grandkids about.

Communication Nation

Mobile Statistics recently reported that we spend an average of 23 days a year on our phones. That works out to about 90 minutes per day and almost four years of the average lifetime! So be sure and spend that time on a device that makes your life easier, not harder. Using an out-of-date phone will take years off your life in time and frustration, so look for little tools to make life easier. The new Samsung Galaxy Note7 not only has an S Pen to help you draw, write and navigate with more precision, it also takes security to another level with an iris scanner that puts the standard thumbprint recognition to shame.

Invest in Your Dress

Carrie Bradshaw was actually not as bad at finances as Aiden would have you believe. Investing in fashion can payout in more ways than one. Gorgeous gowns, well-made shoes and timeless jewelry can actually increase in value over the years. But hands down, the soundest fashion investment is in handbags. They’re strong, practical and have to go with almost everything you own. You could buy a cute new one every year, or you could invest in a gorgeous bag that not only screams class and good taste but will look great and hold its value for decades. Yes, that’s right, decades to come. Take it from the ladies of SnobSwap, the online mecca of pre-owned luxury, and invest in the holy trinity of wise fashion finance decisions, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes.

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