Spent $1000 in 24 hours, Ouch!

Mr. BFS and I have been putting off some purchases for a while.  But not last week.  Within one 24 hour period last week (between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon), we spent more than $1000.  I would cringe more since we didn’t need anything we bought, but I think all 3 purchases will improve our lives.

Computer Desk

Mr. BFS started working from home more than a month ago, but he was still using a basic corner desk that was pointy in all of the wrong places.  Between that desk and the office chair without arm pads, Mr. BFS was rubbing his elbows raw just by working on the computer all day.  He looked at a few desks last month, found one he really liked, and spent the last month thinking about it since all of the parts of the desk he liked added up to more than $1100.

Well, we returned to the Office Max last week and took a look at that desk again.  It had several parts, but we both decided that the most important pieces would be the corner desk, the lateral file attachment, and the desk return extension to add some extra working space.  Office Max had all 3 pieces in a nice color for $590, but it would take 3 weeks to be delivered.  I found the exact same 3 pieces on Amazon using my smart phone in an uglier color for $474.10 with free shipping.  So Mr. BFS and I headed home to take a closer look.

After scrounging around online for 10 minutes at home, I found the exact same desk pieces we wanted in an excellent color from Staples for $479.99 with free shipping.  The only trick was the extra tax that we wouldn’t have been charged at Amazon.  But we splurged for the color and ended up spending $513.  We ordered it Wednesday night and it was delivered Friday afternoon.  Mr. BFS had it put together by Friday night and is super happy.

Office Chair

Mr. BFS was also putting off buying a new office chair with padded arms.  While I was online on Staples, I saw they were currently running a sale on a few different types of executive chairs.  So we headed out Thursday afternoon to test them out at the Staples nearby.  After narrowing down his choices, we finally did a big chair sit-off and found a winner.  It was normally $160 but was on sale for $99.99.  Plus, when grabbing the checkout ticket, I noticed one for $79.99 with the exact same UPC code and took it to the front to check it out.  They ended up ringing us up for the $79.99, so this awesome chair ended up being $86 with tax.


And our final splurge last week was for a tablet.  Yep, total splurge.  But again, Mr. BFS had been wanting one for a while and finally researched a few different types.  He narrowed down his options to the Toshiba Thrive and the Asus Transformer.  With some extra info from a few friends, and with me being interested in a tablet that could dock right into a keyboard, we decided on the Asus Transformer and laid out another $432 ($399.99 plus tax).  This was a total splurge so far.

 Getting Rid of the Old Stuff

As for the last desk and chair, I was able to successfully Craigslist them Sunday morning for a whopping $50…yeah, I didn’t aim high.  But my home isn’t cluttered with the remnants of furniture we won’t ever use again, so that’s nice.  Now I just have to work on getting both of our offices back to a semi-clean since this whole process has meant we had to re-organize once again.  Ain’t that life?

Have you splurged big on anything recently?

39 thoughts on “Spent $1000 in 24 hours, Ouch!”

  1. DJ - MoneyforCollegePro

    We recently splurged on equipment for my wife’s photography business. Adobe creative suite 5, and a new Canon 7D with lens. Unfortunately, we spent a lot more than $1100, but it was all paid for with photography profit, so it was not a budget buster. It still feels crazy to spend that kind of money all at once though!

  2. David Hunter

    You work hard for your money so it’s ok to splurge on things every now and then. Plus, I’m sure having a new desk makes your husband feel like a million bucks and he is probably working harder than he has ever worked before!

  3. Money Infant

    All 3 things are business expenses right? Tax deduction FTW! And at least 2 of them sound like they will contribute to Mr. BFS’s health, so well worth it. Besides you did shop around and get the best deal possible. All things considered it sounds to me like $1000 well spent.

  4. Denise @ The Single Saver

    All three items are “business expenses” so you will be able to write them off on your taxes and get a little bit of the value back. And anyway, you need to provide Mr. BFS decent working conditions or he may go work for your competitor! Haha!

  5. Crystal @ BFS

    @DJ, I get that. Mr. BFS is reffing semi-pro football games for the next 10 weeks and is putting the cash towards these purchases, but it still stings.

    @David, well, he will…right now it is 8:30am and he is still asleep, lol.

    @Money Infant, yep, all tax deductions, but that only equates to 25%-33% off. 🙂 Thanks!

  6. Daisy

    Sometimes, you just gotta splurge. I want a tablet!

  7. Crystal @ BFS

    @Denise, yep, business expenses (see my comment above to Money Infant). And yes, we’ll consider these bonuses to keep him happy for work, lol.

  8. PFM

    Lol, I wrote a post last night about splurging! The problem is I don’t splurge! I need to learn to have a little fun and reward myself from time to time.

  9. Crystal @ BFS

    @Daisy, we have heard recommendations for the Kindle Fire and Mr. BFS is enjoying his Asus.

    @PFM, yeah, we sadly do not have that problem… 😉

  10. Money Beagle

    Our dishwasher is running on it’s last legs so we’ll have to get that replaced soon, and we have a big old tree in the backyard that is dying and needs to come down. Those two items will eat roughly $1,300 together. Not fun stuff either but over the long term are things we need to get done.

  11. Modest Money

    These all sound like good investments. I think it is definitely worthwhile to spend on things that you will use so often. When working from home, a good desk and chair are priceless. A tablet gives you more work flexibility too. So I don’t think you need to feel guilty about these purchases at all. Others make a good point about it being a tax deduction too.

  12. Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    At least you’ll be able to write all 3 off. 🙂 Sometimes spending money to improve your daily life is a worthwile expense.

  13. Lance COTHERN

    I believe these items may need to be depreciated over a few years instead of expensed. Just keep your receipts and ask your tax professional. Different people will expense to higher dollar amounts.

  14. Andi @ MealPlanRescue

    That just sounds like you got a great write-off, a much-needed office improvement, and a happy husband (which makes everything better). Congrats and amortize! 🙂

  15. Nick

    $550 for a mattress for my 2.5 year old which my wife SWEARS will last him until he goes to college… we’ll see about that…

  16. krantcents

    I don’t know if it is a splurge, but I bought a really good desk chair. My old one was good if you only spent a little time in it. I bought my desk chair used off of Craigslist. It was a third of the cost, if new. I love it I can now spend literally hours in it.

  17. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    No big splurges yet. Might have a couple coming up very soon though.

  18. Crystal @ BFS

    @Tushar, nah, we don’t do iPads, lol.

    @Money Beagle, we had the dead pine tree in our backyard removed for $105. You may just need to call around and play the prices off of eachother, but our pine tree wasn’t very big around (but it was taller than our two-story house).

    @MM, yep, Mr. BFS was pretty happy that they will be tax deductions too.

    @Jen, thanks!

    @Lance, good point, we’ll see…

    @Andi, yay for a happy husband. 🙂

    @Nick, LMAO…I can feel how convinced you are…

    @krantcents, I hope the guy who bought our desk chair from Craigslist is happy with it. 🙂 We even wiped it down with leather cleaner before listing it so it was nice and shiny and new looking…

    @Jenna, good luck!

  19. Tie the Money Knot

    Glad you guys enjoyed the new purchases. A good desk, vs a lousy one, can make working a whole lot easier. I had a cheapo desk for about 10 years, until I just flat out discarded the thing when moving. Glad you were able to sell yours, they must have been a bit better than mine. By the way, I like how craigslist can now be used as a verb:)

  20. Darwin's Money

    Dude, you guys have totally earned it! Live a little :> I feel kinda guilty about my plans to finally buy an iPad with the next one coming out, but ya know what? I’ve earned it. I bust my butt 4-5 nights a week and weekends making side income, my kids will get a lot of use out of it too, and it’s a partial “business expense” LOL…

  21. Thad P

    That’s a chunk of change, but my guess is it won’t happen frequently!

  22. Kris @ BalancingMoneyandLife

    A good office setup is more than worth the investment though! Mr. BFS deserves to be comfortable at work. 🙂 It does hurt to drop it all in one day, I’d be cringing too.

  23. First Gen American

    Okay, the tablet might have been a splurge, but the desk and chair I would consider an investment. Quality furniture can last a lifetime and I never regret buying a good solid bit of furniture if I need it. (off of craigslist if possible).

  24. Marie at FamilyMoneyValues

    Well, your site is named Budgeting in the FUN stuff – although I’m not sure that a desk and chair count as fun….. 🙂

  25. Robert @ The College Investor

    Since you now both work there, it is important tha you make the office as comfy as possible. Money well spent I think!

  26. frugalportland

    It’s cute that a desk and a chair are splurges when in a normal business they’d just be expenses! Oh, the double-edged sword of working from home!

  27. Ellen

    Sounds like a well researched and needed purchase! We bought a king sized bed..but considering we were using a 20 year old double bed, I feel it was a justified purchase. 🙂

  28. Christopher

    I had to drop some money into our rental unit to update some things. I hate doing it especially since we had it rented already, but it needed to be done when it was empty and now was the only time I could do it. It got locked up for another year and I knew it could be a long time before I had time to repair and replace some things.

  29. Megan E.

    Good that you had the money available and didn’t take out a credit card for it! I know the pain though, we went on a vacation to vegas, where we dropped over $1000 on two meals (they were REALLY good though), then came home to broken heater so dropped just around $1000 to fix that (ouch, thank god for house savings fund) and then this past weekend, dropped around $1200 on a new bike and gear for DH (he wants to commute to work).

    I just have to remember that we have it in savings for a reason and hope DH can make some of it up with his side job!

  30. Invest It Wisely

    No photos? Would love to see what the new setup looks like. 🙂

  31. MyMoneyDesign

    Splurges yes, but aren’t each of those tax deductible business expenses for your self-employment. Our latest splurge was the installation of some hardwood floors and our upcoming trip to Mexico. With Spring upcoming, there will be MANY more!

  32. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    Last Thursday I spent a little over $1,000 on permits for my new house and $600 to get my car fixed within 8 hours. Talk about splurging. Permits are necessary to get the water turned on in my new house. And my car’s check engine light has been on for awhile and I finally got nervous enough to take it in.

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