The Culinary Institute of America "CIA" is a fabulous place to eat. I went there for my 5th year anniversary meal and had lovely late lunch early dinner for $88, including tax and tip. It may sound like a lot of money but the food was out of this world as was the ambiance and service. We had a wonderful time. It was a lot like being on the cruise ship but the food was even fresher because they grow it in the backyard. I don't mind paying for peak experiences. No one can take away the memory of my dinner. I can lose a camera or a piece of jewelry but my experiences I can keep forever. I got babied that day. They brought the food, took away the plates and I had nothing to do but enjoy myself. I am plenty frugal throughout the year. I can afford to take a break from it once in a while. Spend money on peak experiences. Stuff is way over rated. I get less pleasure from my stuff than I would have ever imagined. Most of the time my stuff is all about work and worry .
I bought a beautiful pair of earrings at a tag sale this summer. I converted them to clip-on. I wore them once and promptly lost one earring. It turned up this weekend under the couch, but still who needs the jazz. In a way I might be happier with a lot less stuff. The problem is that although I give away and sell lots of things, I still have so much more. More just keeps coming, the Law of Attraction at work.