7 Things You Will Never Regret Spending Money On

In my mind, being frugal, is less about not spending and more about intentional spending. For example, I may have (mostly) stopped my mindless shopping habit thanks to a No Spend Challenge I did several years ago, but I am not afraid to spend money on things that I feel add value to my life.

After all, frugality is not just about a house full of containers waiting to be reused, or having a pile of cheap clothes waiting to be mended. Sometimes, it’s about using your time and money intentionally to do more of what you love.

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Here are seven things that I never regret spending money on:

Good food

For me, good food is one of the best things in life. Especially delicious, satisfying meals where I’m gathered around a table with family or friends. It’s about quality. Quality food, quality company and quality conversation. Tasty, well made food and slow eaten dinners whether you’re eating out or cooking at home just can’t be beat. Sometimes being frugal means purchasing some grocery items of lesser quality so that you can splurge on the things that really matter to your family’s good food philosophy. (Grass fed beef, organic fruits & vegetables, for example.)

Travel or Fun Experiences

Nothing quite brings a smile to my face like the opportunity to travel to new places or enjoy fun experiences. We recently took our daughters to a local annual fair that was quite costly. (Admission, food, rides…it all adds up!) But we save our hard earned money for times like this. I loved seeing the smile on our oldest daughter’s face after she experienced her very first fair ride. Or hearing her squeal when she saw the tiny baby pigs. It was worth it!

My husband and I also have dreams to travel abroad one day. I have done some traveling in Australia and Africa before I was married, but my husband hasn’t done much. I can’t wait to see the day when we can make his dream of travelling to Europe and other countries a reality.

A hobby that makes you happy

I consider Simply Frugal a money making business, but it’s also my hobby. I spend time researching, writing and even spend a decent amount of money to keep it running. But it’s fun! I enjoy learning all aspects of running an online business and I love seeing what I do help others. As with any hobby, (sewing, jewelry making, or even a tropical fish hobbyist) you have to spend money to do your thing. And if it brings you joy, then by all means go with it and make room in your budget.

Learning new things

I love learning new things. I’ve done online courses (where I learned a lot about various aspects of blogging) and in-person conferences. I’ve also spent money on books and travel; all experiences that have helped expand my mind. Learning makes me feel more confident and proud of myself.

Quality items

Comfortable, sturdy shoes that I wear season after season. A high quality set of cooking pots made to last. A brand name backpack that I have been using for every trip I have taken since I went to Australia 15 years ago.

I’m talking about well made, quality items that serve a specific purpose in your life. It’s incredibly satisfying to actually wear something out and then replace them with something just as good. In today’s disposable society, there is something so satisfying about knowing you’ve made a good, quality purchase!

Services that improve your quality of life

There is no rule in the frugal lifestyle that says you must DIY everything. If you really hate housework, hire a cleaner. If you desperately need some time to yourself, hire a babysitter. Or even if you think you can fix the toilet, sometimes hiring a professional can save you money in the long run if something goes wrong if you try to DIY.

I know that services are sometimes expensive, but it’s about looking at your values and prioritizing your spending. You might be surprised at what you can afford!

A cause you believe in

Lastly, I never regret being generous. I believe that giving to charity is important. Whether that be a local charity or a charity in a third world country. Imagine what would happen if everyone gave, even in a small way? Money donated to charity always feels like money well spent if you’re donating to what speaks to you.

I also love to surprise friends and family with little meaningful gifts, especially when they are not expecting anything. I believe in cheering up those that are “in the trenches” of daily life.

What are your thoughts? What do you never regret spending money on? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Bench.ca Flash Sale: Save up to 50% off New Fall Arrivals + Free Shipping!

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Wanting to add a couple of quality pieces to your wardrobe this fall? Try doing it with a discount at Bench.ca! For a few days only, save up to 50% off new fall arrivals. Plus, for the first time ever, Bench is offering FREE shipping on all orders!

I’m seeing a few things that I’d love to add to my wardrobe in the women’s section. 🙂

Shop online at Bench.ca here. 

Offer valid October 2, 2016 only.

Sears Flash Sale: save 45% off Select Curtains

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Need some new curtains? Check out today’s Flash sale from Sears! Save 45% off selected curtains and blinds.

There are about 14 pages to look through. I’m sure you’ll find something suitable. I noticed they even have curtain rods and slip covers for couches on sale!

Shop online at Sears.ca here.

Sale valid September 28, 2016 only.

Well.ca Vitamin Sale: Save up to 25% off All Vitamins & Supplements

Today only, save up to 25% off ALL vitamins & supplements from Well.ca! Aside from our local health store, Well.ca is my favourite place to purchase vitamins and supplements. Especially since they often have great sales!

Shop online at Well.ca now.

Sale ends September 28, 2016.

The Body Shop Canada: Buy 3 Get 3 Free + $10 off $60 Order

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For a limited time only! The Body Shop wants to give you 3 FREE items when you purchase 3 others! Plus take an extra $10 off your $60 or more purchase!

Shop online at The Body Shop Canada now.

Offer ends September 29, 2016.

Starbucks: 20% off At-Home Coffees for International Coffee Day

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Starbucks Store Canada is celebrating International Coffee Day with a great sale! Save 20% off your favorite at-home coffees.

This offer is valid online only until Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.

Click here to shop online at Starbucks Canada.

New Printable Black Diamond Coupons

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Head over to the Simply Frugal SmartSource coupon page to find two new printable Black Diamond coupons!

  • Save $1.50 off any one Black Diamond Natural Cheese Sticks 252g
  • Save $1.00 off any one Black Diamond Natural Cheese Slices 260 g – 280 g

Print your Black Diamond coupons here.

Checkout 51 Sneak Peek: Cash Back Offers for September 29 – October 5

Here is the new Checkout 51 sneak peek with cash-back offers beginning on September 29, 2016!  The offers will expire at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  Download the Checkout 51 app here.

At Walmart: Green Beans
Any fresh green beans. Must spend $0.97 or more.Any variety.
Cash back $0.50

At Walmart: Cranberries
Any bagged cranberries. Must spend $0.97 or more.
Cash back $0.50

At Walmart: Potatoes
Any fresh potatoes. Must spend $1.00 or more.
Cash back $0.50

At Walmart: Bananas
Any fresh bananas. Must spend $1.00 or more.
Cash back $0.50

Buy 2: Select TRISCUIT Crackers
Valid on 225 g boxes. Excludes Thin Crisps and Brown Rice varieties. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Mini-Wheats* Pumpkin Spice Flavour cereal
439 g.
Cash back $1.00

Baker’s Secret® products
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Snapware® products
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

At Sobey’s: Ocean’s World Cuisine Pasta Sauce
Any variety.
Cash back $1.50

PEDIGREE SMALL DOG+™ Food for Dogs
1.6 kg – 2.8 kg bag only, any flavour.
Cash back $2.00

Hellmann’s® Carefully Crafted Dressing
710 mL, excludes Hellmann’s® Real 710 mL and Hellmann’s® Light 710 mL.
Cash back $2.00

At Select Retailers: Downy Wrinkle Releaser® Plus
Valid only on 16.9 oz (500 mL) size bottle. Excludes 3 oz (90 mL) travel size bottle. Not valid on any other Downy products.
Cash back $2.00

Zoë® dry dog food
Any variety.
Cash back $2.00

At Walmart: Zoë® Tempting Trio™ wet dog food
Any variety.
Cash back $0.50

Zoë® Tender Bites training treats
Any variety.
Cash back $0.50

Zoë® dry cat food
Any variety.
Cash back $2.00

At Walmart: Zoë® Delightful Duets™ wet cat food
Any variety.
Cash back $0.50

Degree® Women antiperspirant
Any variety. Excludes Degree Men products, trial and travel sizes.
Cash back $1.00

Degree® Men antiperspirant or deodorant
Any variety. Excludes Degree Women products, trial and travel sizes.
Cash back $1.00

HORMEL® GATHERINGS™ SNACK TRAY
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Pantene® Shampoo products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes and gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.50

Select Pantene® Conditioner products
Any variety. Excludes Pantene® 3 Minute Miracle. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, or value packs. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $0.50

Pantene® Styling products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, or value packs. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $0.50

Head & Shoulders® Shampoo products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes and gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.50

Head & Shoulders® Conditioner products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes and gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.50

Herbal Essences® Shampoo products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes and gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Herbal Essences® Conditioner products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes and gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Herbal Essences® Styling and Treatment products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Liquid-Plumr® drain cleaner
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: Buy 2: Scotch® Expressions Tapes
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: Buy 2: Scotch® Home & Office Tapes
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Mrs. Dash®
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Coffee-mate® Liquid
Valid on 473 ml or 946 ml, any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Gel or Fresh Brush products
Any variety.
Cash back $0.50

ALEVE® Caplets and Liquid Gels
Any variety. Excludes ALEVE® Nighttime and ALEVE® Back & Body.
Cash back $1.00

Dove® Women or Dove® Men+Care deodorant or antiperspirant
Any variety. Excludes travel and trial sizes.
Cash back $1.00

At Walmart: Amopé GelActiv Insoles
Any variety. Excludes Ball of Foot inserts.
Cash back $4.00

At Select Retailers: Buy 2: Post-it® Notes
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.50

At Select Retailers: Post-it® Flags
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Tostitos Cantina® Chipotle Thins tortilla chips
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

At Walmart: HORMEL® Pepperoni
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

At Walmart: Select Goody® hair accessories
Any variety. Excludes brushes, combs, rollers, mirrors, bobby pins, cutting and thinning shears, section clips, shower caps and hair nets. Must spend a minimum of $3.50 or more per item.
Cash back $0.75

Lamb Tonight products
Any variety. Excluding souvlaki kabobs.
Cash back $2.00

Swiffer® Dry Cloth refills
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, starter kits or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Swiffer® Wet Cloth refills
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, starter kits or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Swiffer® Duster refills
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, starter kits or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Mr. Clean® Liquid or Spray
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, value, gift and bonus packs.
Cash back $0.25

Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser
Any variety. Excludes Mr Clean® One Count Eraser. Excludes trial and travel sizes, and value, gift and bonus packs.
Cash back $0.25

Cascade® Action Packs
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

Vidal Sassoon® or Clairol® hair colour
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes and gift, bonus, or value packs.
Cash back $0.25

HORMEL® Real Bacon Crumble
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits
Valid only on 79 g jar.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: St. Ives body wash
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, and gift packs.
Cash back $1.00

At Walmart: Rubbermaid® Premier food storage containers
Any variety. Excludes all other Rubbermaid® products.
Cash back $2.00

Buy 2: Bick’s® Specialty Products or Pickles
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $0.50

Snuggle® Liquid Fabric Softener
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Snuggle® Fabric Softener Sheets
Any variety. Excludes Snuggle® 20 ct sheets.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: RoC® Pro-Correct
Any variety.
Cash back $8.00

At Dollarama: MARS Bites
Valid only on 109 g bag.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: Dove Men+Care body wash
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: Dove Men+Care bar
Any variety. Excludes single bars, trial and travel sizes, and gift packs.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: Dove body wash
Any variety. Excludes Dove Men+Care, Dove Baby, trial and travel sizes, and gift packs.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: Dove Beauty bar
Any variety. Excludes single bars, trial and travel sizes.
Cash back $1.00

At Select Retailers: AXE body wash
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes, and gift packs.
Cash back $1.00

Robin Hood® Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend
907 g.
Cash back $2.00

Robin Hood® Gluten Free Banana Flavoured Quick Bread Mix
396 g.
Cash back $1.25

Buy 2: Carnation® Evaporated Milk
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $0.75

Crisco® Oil
Any variety of Canola or Vegetable Oil. Excludes all other Crisco® products.
Cash back $1.00

Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
189 g – 1.36 kg, any variety.
Cash back $0.75

Buy 2: Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
300 mL, any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Select Robin Hood® or Five Roses® Flour
Any variety. Excludes Robin Hood® Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend.
Cash back $0.75

At Costco: Double Fruit® Light Strawberry Fruit Spread
Valid on 1 L jar.
Cash back $0.50

Kellogg’s* Rice Krispies* cereal
440 g. Excludes individual sizes and all other Rice Krispies* products.
Cash back $0.50

Starbucks® Frappuccino® Vanilla Coffee Drink
Valid only on 405 mL bottle.
Cash back $1.00

Starbucks® Frappuccino® Mocha Coffee Drink
Valid only on 405 mL bottle.
Cash back $1.00

Starbucks® Frappuccino® Caramel Coffee Drink
Valid only on 405 mL bottle.
Cash back $1.00

Starbucks® Frappuccino® White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Drink
Valid only on 405 mL bottle.
Cash back $1.00

Starbucks® Iced Coffee + Milk Premium Beverage
Valid only on 325 mL bottle. Excludes Starbucks® Iced Coffee + Milk 45 calories Premium Beverage
Cash back $1.00

Starbucks® Iced Coffee + Milk 45 calories Premium Beverage
Valid only on 325 mL bottle.
Cash back $1.00

At Walmart: FLINTSTONES™ multivitamins
Any variety.
Cash back $1.00

Fleischmann’s® Corn Starch
Valid on 454 g variety.
Cash back $1.00

Fleischmann’s® Yeast
Valid on 113 g jar.
Cash back $1.00

Fleischmann’s® Yeast-Strips
Valid on 3 x 8 g variety.
Cash back $0.50

Fleischmann’s® Baking Powder
Valid on 340 g variety.
Cash back $1.00

Crown® or Beehive® Corn Syrup
Valid on 500 mL varieties or larger.
Cash back $1.00

Glade PlugIns® Scented Oil starter kit or refills
Any variety. Excludes all other Glade® products.
Cash back $2.50

Glade® large candle
Any variety. Excludes all other Glade® products.
Cash back $4.00

Glade® Wax Melts refills
Any variety. Excludes all other Glade® products.
Cash back $1.50

Buy 2: Glade® small jar candles
Any variety. Excludes all other Glade® products. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $3.00

Glade® Automatic Spray or Sense & Spray® refills
Any variety. Excludes all other Glade® products.
Cash back $2.50

Glade® Automatic Spray or Sense & Spray® Holder
Any variety. Excludes all other Glade® products.
Cash back $4.00

HORMEL® GATHERINGS™ DELI TRAY products
Any variety.
Cash back $3.00

Buy 2: MR. CHRISTIE’s Snak Paks
Valid on 180 g boxes. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Meta® Appetite Control
Any variety.
Cash back $0.25

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Slices Gouda
Valid on 260 g variety.
Cash back $1.00

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Slices Marble Cheddar
Valid on 280 g variety.
Cash back $1.00

KFI Butter Chicken Premium Cooking Sauce
Valid on 375 mL bottle.
Cash back $0.50

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Slices Medium Cheddar
Valid on 280 g variety.
Cash back $1.00

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Slices Old Cheddar
Valid on 260 g variety.
Cash back $1.00

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Sticks Marble Cheddar
Valid on 12 pack.
Cash back $1.50

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Sticks Medium Cheddar
Valid on 12 pack.
Cash back $1.50

Black Diamond® Natural Cheese Sticks Old Cheddar
Valid on 12 pack.
Cash back $1.50

KFI Chili Chicken Premium Cooking Sauce
Valid on 375 mL bottles.
Cash back $0.50

KFI Coconut Curry Premium Cooking Sauce
Valid on 375 mL bottles.
Cash back $0.50

KFI Rogan Josh Premium Cooking Sauce
Valid on 375 mL bottles.
Cash back $0.50

KFI Tikka Masala Premium Cooking Sauce
Valid on 375 mL bottles.
Cash back $0.50

KFI Vegetable Curry Premium Cooking Sauce
Valid on 375 mL bottles.
Cash back $0.50

Buy 2: Dad’s Cookies
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Buy 2: MR. CHRISTIE’s Maple Leaf cookies
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Buy 2: Pirate cookies
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Buy 2: Fudgee-O cookies
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

Buy 2: Peek Freans cookies
Any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt.
Cash back $1.00

NESCAFÉ Sweet and Creamy K-Cups® compatible with Keurig®
Valid on Original and French Vanilla varieties.
Cash back $2.00