Splurge Incubation Period

I’m stretching the definition of “incubation period” a bit with today’s post. Typically it’s a medical term, but for this purpose, it relates to shopping splurges. From that moment you discover something (e.g. product or deal) until you actually pull the trigger and make the purchase.

For me, the incubation period of see > want > buy varies, but most of the time, once I’ve REALLY set my sights on something and can’t get it out of my head, I know it’s inevitable. I must get. I’ll admit it, I’ve definitely been an impulse buyer on more than one occasion. Not for super expensive things since I (unfortunately) don’t have unlimited funds, but it does happen. Do you have those moments too?

I was thinking about splurges over the weekend when I came across a few deals that piqued my interest. Part of me was so ready to click “buy,” but the other (the no fun “voice of reason”) part told me to hold off and ponder it a bit longer. I listened.

My incubation period for travel is probably the longest. It can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. On the other end of the spectrum, simpler things like getting my nails done or going out to eat at a restaurant are done on a whim.

The latest things on my splurge radar will definitely run me some pretty pennies (see below), but fortunately none of them have reached the MUSTHAVENOW stage. I’m pretty sure that would literally break the bank if it did!

How long do you typically wait to splurge on something? What’s on your splurge radar?



  1. April 14, 2015 / 1:26 PM

    I live in Tieks during the spring / summer months! I can tell you that those are absolutely worth it! They're unbelievably comfortable for walking around NYC in (and you know how much I walk!)

  2. April 14, 2015 / 8:09 PM

    I almost bought a Groupon deal to Italy last night. LOL. If the funds would have been there, I would have booked it for sure. Also, I must check out these Tieks. I need walking shoes that are not sneakers. Thanks for sharing.

  3. dailysouthernsunshine
    April 14, 2015 / 8:36 PM

    I am so bad with impulse splurges! That's one of my big goals, to only buy things when it's time or I realllly need them or have planned for them. I jut love so many things and want them asap lol!

  4. Crystal H
    April 15, 2015 / 7:01 AM

    I am funny because I am frugal, yet I impulse buy a lot too. It is normally on cheaper things, but it still adds up. Number 2 and 3 on your list you may be able to score Groupons/ Living Social Deals on to make them cheaper. For the laptop, check TigerDirect stores to see if they have any left. They are closing down in our area (I think there are four of them here. I know there is one in Clearwater and one in Brandon. I think the other two are Tampa?), I've never heard of Tieks, but they look comfy!

  5. April 16, 2015 / 2:18 AM

    YES! I bought a pair around Christmas and love them! I'm hoping a coupon code will pop up soon, I'd definitely get another pair!

  6. April 16, 2015 / 2:20 AM

    You def should, Tieks are the best! And YES those Groupon deals are so tempting! Stupid lack of funds getting in the way :( lol

  7. April 16, 2015 / 2:21 AM

    Ugh I feel your pain lol. I'm trying to get better about it too!

  8. April 16, 2015 / 2:23 AM

    I'm the same way! At least the frugalness helps a little with the impulse buys :) I'll def keep my eye on the deal sites for those, and TigerDirect, I didn't know about them. Thanks for the tips!!

  9. April 16, 2015 / 3:01 PM

    Once something's on my mind I want it immediately and i'm getting much better at sitting on things rather than impulsively buying. Right now i'm dying for a chair from Target and it's been a few months. It be happening soon though!