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What should I buy myself if I get a contract?

I know what you’re thinking:

OMG. She’s not even working and she’s making a plan to buy MORE STUFF as a reward or a treat as having gotten a job after chilling out for like 3 years!?

And hasn’t she been buying and spending like mad ANYWAY?

Umm. Yes.

Please don’t judge. I’m weak and hedonistic.

My very weak justifications for why I need a celebratory present for landing a contract are as follows:

  • I haven’t worked for 3 years. Isn’t that cause for celebration when I am able to get a contract!?
  • I will be working the entire time and won’t have time to relax or do anything, especially with a baby
  • I don’t shop / spend a lot of money when I work. I’m very extreme in that way, it’s either ALL OR NOTHING.

So… that being said, that’s why I need to figure out what to buy myself as a gift once I get a contract.

Here’s a short list, disguised as a OMG I WANT THIS SO BADLY RIGHT NOW I COULD CRY, list:




This is a given, don’t even question this one.

It’s not even included as a “maybe”.


This is a given.

(WHAT!?!? You’re all screaming right now, I can hear it.)

But chill. Really. I need the laptop for work.

I have had a Dell PC and a Sony PC because I can’t really use Macs at work, but I am fed up with PCs dying after a year of use.

I’m buying a goddamn Macbook and installing Fusionware. It’s my last hope of having a computer that won’t get a black screen after a year of use, die in the middle of working, or have a battery that doesn’t last more than 5 minutes.

I have had my Macbook Pro for about 5 years now and it’s still going strong. I only had to replace the logic board recently because I really REALLY use my Macbook pretty much 15 hours a day, every day, and it’s working like new again.

I also need accounting software because I do my own books.

I plan on never buying another damn PC for work for at least 5 years or longer. I’ve gone through so many PCs and always buy a new one each year, that it isn’t even funny any more.


If I end up deciding to take public transit instead of buying a car, I’m buying a pair of these headphones.

I own a pair of Bose over the ear, noise-cancelling headphones but they are overkill for a commute and they kind of give me a headache if I am not using them while being stationary.

See, if I am walking or moving about, I can hear my blood swishing in my ears and it really bothers me to not get enough air flow and to feel this kind of weird pressure of the noise-cancelling feature.

I have the same problem if I wear very snug, silicone in-ear headphones.

Therefore, if I take the bus, I am buying a pair.


Now for the fun stuff!!

I am deciding between custom made Poppy Barley flats or Lanvin ballet flats.

Poppy Barley is about $200 USD, Lanvin, $500 USD, assuming neither go on sale.

Ever since my Frye Carson flats (they suck, don’t buy them, more on that later in a separate post), stretched out and basically are unwearable, I don’t really have neutral-coloured ballet flats of any kind. My only 2 pairs of flats are bright citron yellow or bright blue and yellow.


So yes. I am looking into a pair of neutral ballet flats.

That’s it.


Yes. That’s it. That’s all I really REALLY want to buy for myself once I get a contract.

Unless of course.. you can come up with better suggestions. I’m all ears.


I think it’s the most practical purchase I can buy to treat myself. I have been eying things like moto boots, this awesome jacket, bla bla bla…. but I don’t need more shoes and clothes that aren’t going to be useful / practical but I really REALLY need a pair of neutral flats.

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  1. Alicia

    I’d love to get a new computer. My laptop is a 5 y/o sony that doesn’t have the power to really crunch numbers any more. But if I need a new one (aside from my desktop in my office) I’d get work to buy it.

    As for your splurges – love the idea of the personalized flats, and macarons.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I think Poppy Barley will be where I get my flats…

  2. Gia T.

    Oh definitely yes to macs (macbooks and macarons lol)! My 4-year-old Macbook pro is still going strong, whereas my two PC’s have long since conked out.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Which is why I am not buying another PC again just to run windows. They can suck it.

  3. Michelle

    Shoes. Get the shoes. I’m loving Poppy Barley BTW, the classic ankle boots in blue jean are beautiful.
    Hope you get the contract!

  4. Melissa

    Getting a PC isn’t even an option for me anymore – my bf built me a desktop PC, and it’s nice and stuff, but what do I use the most? My 4 year old Macbook Pro laptop. Knock on wood, nothing in it has died yet, but it’s slow because I haven’t moved all my pictures off and on to an external hard drive. That’s my next big purchase 🙂

    When I get into the freelance thing seriously, I have already said I’m buying a new Pro – and I’ll look into accounting software too, because I do our books. Does accounting software really help a lot?

  5. Erastus

    Buy something touchable and long lasting that will act as a reminder of the day you got your contract.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Or wearable 🙂

  6. Maria Nedeva

    Here is to getting this contract! And agree on the Macbook Pro – I’m getting one for work and can’t wait.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I’m so sick of PCs I can’t even take it any more. I look at one and get nauseous.

  7. Midori

    Poppy Barley seems interesting… I might get a flat too because I can’t find any that’s comfortable!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I’ll probably order a pair from them before Lanvin. Better to spend $200 (and be able to return it) than $500 on a pair I can’t really return.


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