(Closed) Should I spend my tax return on Louboutins?

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: Should I spend my tax return on Louboutins?
    Heck yes! They are hot! : (51 votes)
    40 %
    No. That would be a waste of money. : (75 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 3
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think splurging every once in awhile is great. For me, if I buy Manolos, Loubs, etc, I tend to buy standout shoes. But if those are what you feel wonderful in, and you love them, go for it. 

    Post # 4
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    It doesn’t sound like you are a big spender, and sometimes you deserve to buy yourself a present. Even more, if hubs is on board too I say go for it and don’t spend even one second feeling bad about it.

    Post # 5
    2289 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    You’ve wanted them for a long time, you have the money, and it’s not like you do this every day. Plus, you’d be helping the economy πŸ™‚

    GO FOR IT!!!

    Post # 6
    1336 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    If it’s something you will get a lot of use out of, I would say go for it.  Also, if you say that you don’t need the money for other things and you can afford it then do it.  BUT…if you guys are saving for something big, or can really use that money for something else then I would hold off.  But they are cute shoes, and they are your basic black that can go with everything.  I could see why you’re torn. 

    By any chance, just out of curiousity were they cheaper in Paris?

    Post # 7
    2006 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Buy them. That is a classic shoe that you will be able to wear for YEARS! And it sounds like you are being responsible about your purchase (ie. while it is a splurge you can def. afford it). It never hurts to buy yourself a much coveted present every once in a while πŸ˜‰

    Post # 8
    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I have a major shopping addiction so I am not the person to ask! But if you love them, you will wear them for years to come, your husband approves, and you can afford them, I think that you can feel justified in buying them. All conditions for buying expensive things are met in my book.

    That said, you should also check out those luxury brand discount shopping sites, like gilt groupe. I have never used them, but they offer authentic luxury brand goods on sale and many women looove them. You have to be really aggressive with their sales though because I’ve heard that when stuff goes on sale it flies out the door!

    Post # 9
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Classic black pumps? Definitely. Plus, expensive shoes are comfy.

    I just received a pair of Frye boots for my bday ($400–the most i’ve ever worn on my feet!) and i’m amazed at the comfort. And now that i have them, i TAKE CARE of them. They get saddle soap to preserve the leather and they get softer and softer and the more i want to wear them!

    I look at it this way–I own plenty of comfy $40 flats from Nordstroms, cheap socks from Target, inexpensive things around the house. But I always “go nice” on a few staples. I buy nice cardigans (i need them at work and the cheap ones look like hell after a few washes), nice jeans (i can wear them to work and i want non-mom jeans that are cute….and i’m tall….) and purses. Which I only own 4 purses in my whole closet. But they’re Coach and JCrew. BUT, I get my hair colored at the student place for $35-$50/highlight. Normally $120 at a salon. So uh, I “justify” my purchases, too!

    If you cheap out in 90% of your life, you can splurge the 10%. If it REALLY bugs you, make a VOW to wear them 3x a week for a month.

    I know I can always be more practical with my money but sometimes you need a treat. Make a steak dinner at home twice next month instead of going out if it’ll make you feel better =]

    PS I would’ve said it was a “waste” when i was in college. Now that I have a job+paycheck+house it’s really changed my views on spending money!

    Post # 10
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    you are SOOOOOO not alone!!!!! my current vice is Giuseppe Zanotti shoes…I LOVE THEM!

    But I always ask myself a couple of questions before I purchase something big…

    Can I afford to spend this much money on it?

    What would I have done with the money if I didn’t buy this?

    What would be the consequence (sp?) of me buying this?

    How much would I use this?

    How long will it last me?

    Is it REALLY worth it?

    Will this satisfy my craving? or will I want more?

    and a couple more questions I just can’t think if at this time…


    and if i’m okay with all my answers, I choose to either buy it or not…I didn’t vote on your poll because I don’t want to tell you whether or not to buy something especially since i’m working with my own shoe-demons πŸ™‚ but hopefully you come you your own conclusion πŸ˜‰



    Post # 11
    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Buy. Them.  And I’m agreeing with your choice — you’ll get a lot of wear out of a pair like that.  They’re good for Important Business Stuff and a night out.  I’m just like you — I told the boy that I’d wear Old Navy and Ross clothes for the rest of my life if I can always have fabulous shoes. I usually pull $100 out of each paycheck and save up for one item at a time — that way, I can pay in cash (Neiman doesn’t take Visa — the hell??) and it doesn’t feel like *such* a dent in my bank account. 

    Post # 12
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d feel pretty guilty about buying a $700 pair of shoes for just myself when I could take that money and take an awesome weekend trip with my Fiance or something else that involves the two of you.  But I probably wouldn’t ever buy a black pair of $700 shoes, Loubies or not. 

    But spend the money on what makes you happy, if they are shoes then by all means.

    Post # 13
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    If you really want to avoid the guilt, definitely sign up for gilt groupe, outnet, etc. They have Louboutin sales every so often and the prices are slashed.

    I have to channel suze orman for a second: adjust your withholdings! Ideally you want to get nothing back every year, otherwise it means you’re giving the government an interest free loan!

    I’d buy them if I were in your position. But I’m a huge enabler πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I say go for it! AND I am very frugal as well!!

    The reason I say do it, is because like you, I really watch my spending and never get anything too exp, all my shoes, clothes, and purses are very reasonably priced. BUT, about 5 years ago I fell in love with these Chanel sunglasses. So I told myself that I would wait 6 months & if I still wanted them as much as I did then, then I would buy them.

    I bought these sunglasses 5 years ago & I still wear them everyday and LOVE the heck out of them. Much like your classic black pump, my classic Chanel sunglasses will never go out of style and I still love them all these years later!! You will find yourself years down the road still loving on those shoes….so treat yourself!! I’m so glad I did!!

    Post # 15
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I say buy them.  You don’t splurge on expensive things all the time, and you should be allowed to once in a while.  I do the same thing, but I keep certain guidelines whenever I spend a lot of money on an item – I usually only buy something I can get a lot of use out of.  If you buy something too trendy, or in a weird color, it will be hard to use a lot.  These shoes are classic, and you can wear them with so many things.  Also, look to get the best deal you possibly can on them.  Check different stores to see if you can get them cheaper.  After you get them, set a time limit for yourself before you are allowed to splurge on another item again!

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