Guest Post: My Biggest Splurge Ever: A Blender.

This post is a guest post by The Saved Quarter.  It is part of a Yakezie organized blog post swap where participants write about their biggest splurge ever.  You can find my guest post over at The Saved Quarter.  I wrote about my trip to China more than 10 years ago.

After killing three cheap blenders in under five years trying to do crazy things like crush ice and puree hot soups, I was intrigued by a demonstration of the high powered Blendtec at Costco one day a little over a year ago. It makes smoothies smooth, even with tough ingredients like kale or berries! It grinds grains into flour and turns vanilla pudding mix and cabbage into ice cream! It makes bread dough, hot soups and “whole juice”! Hummus can be made from sesame seeds to smooth dip in one quick step.

 Oh, honey, standing in that aisle with my kids devouring a sample cup of vanilla-cabbage ice cream, I was certain that all of my kitchen dreams could be solved if only I had this blender. Sure, it was a splurge at nearly $400 (ouch!), and smoothies aren’t exactly a necessity on my tight budget, but I figured that I could find it for less and it would be a well-loved addition to my kitchen.  

 I am not usually the type to shell out cash just because I saw a compelling demonstration. I’m more the type to find a suitable, cheaper alternative and save the difference – I  never pay full price. After seeing the infomercial for Wen cleansing conditioner, I researched the ingredients and came up with my own cleansing conditioner recipe, so you know I did my research!  

 I came home and read all the reviews, largely glowing, searched and searched and searched for the lowest price, and bought my Blendtec online for $350 with no sales tax or shipping. I cook nearly all of my family’s meals from scratch and deserve good equipment, I told myself. Buyer’s remorse reared its head in the days that I waited for it to arrive and I hoped it wouldn’t reveal itself to be a pricy mistake. Did I really need to spend so much on a blender?

It got here and I went on a blending spree; buyer’s remorse whirled out the window.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all included something pureed, pulverized, or processed by my shiny new toy. I waited for the gild to fall of the lily. On the contrary, the blender has proven to be an indispensible appliance in my kitchen and I wish I’d bought it after the first cheap blender conked out years ago!

 It’s easy to clean, doesn’t leak, and it fits under my cabinets so I can tuck it back on the counter full time. None of my old blenders could hold a candle to it. Sure it’s loud, but I read a trick on Amazon’s reviews that works to reduce the noise level of any blender: stick a mousepad under it. It works!

 Do I really need a blender that can blend an iPhone?

Probably not. But one that will make super smooth green smoothies with the press of a button out of kale and frozen blueberries without the smell of burning blender or little chunks of greens or seeds sticking in my teeth has a permanent place on my counter, and was worth the splurge for me. 

What has been your biggest splurge? Has it been worthwhile for you?

Penny Saver is a frugal mom making the most of meager means, saving her quarters to save a quarter of her income and blogging all about it at The Saved Quarter.


  1. Mine was a Coach handbag (from the outlet store and on sale of course 🙂 ) two years ago – I think I paid around $175. I like structured purses (no slouchy bags in my closet) and was in desperate need of a new purse (my old cheapo everyday one was about to fall apart). My requirements were that it had to be big enough to hold my dayplanner, wallet, a small makeup bag, cell phone, shades, and ipod. It also needed to zip across the top and be a shoulder bag (I don’t like purses banging against my hip or the cross body style). I do a lot of travelling so I wanted something that wasn’t wide open (or that I would’ve had to repack everytime it tipped over in the car).
    I’ve carried that bag almost every day for the last two years and it’s been on countless plane and road trips. It’s held up pretty well although the light silver color is a pain to keep clean. The fabric is starting to wear a little where it rubs against my body, but the straps are still secure and the zipper still works. Figure I’ve carried that bag somewhere around 650 days (some weekend road trips I just tossed what I needed in either a smaller purse or the computer bag), my average per use cost is 27 cents.
    Will definately consider another Coach purse again in the future. Prior to buying this one, I probably spent $150 or more every two years buying cheap bags that fell apart every few months.

  2. My biggest splurge recently is a medela breast pump. I paid $300 for it but it is completely worth it, im a new mom with no time so pumping is superfast with this thing. I would love a kitchen aid stand mixer so that may be my next splurge 🙂

  3. Would you be willing to share your Wen recipe? My biggest splurge was a chest freezer!

  4. Great post. A good blender is worth the money. My biggest splurge was a Dyson vaccum for around $250 – worth every penny! I love to use it – even my hubby loves to use it which means free housework for me!

    • Anything that means other people are doing housework instead of me is worth it, haha!

      We have no carpet, just hardwood and linoleum, so we don’t currently have a vacuum and that works for me. I’ve heard good things about the Dyson, though.

  5. A really good blender is high on my list of wants! Ours works, but only barely. It has a really hard time with ice and anything remotely tough, and there’s definitely that icky burnt smell sometimes…oh well. I’m going to keep your advice in mind and make sure to buy a good blender (even if it’s not a Blendtec!) when it comes time to replace it.

  6. Good job on the blog swap!

    BTW, no need to have the “Yakezie Tracker w/ the Credit Cards” widget. Just the official badge is good enough, in case you were wondering.



  7. I am saving my spare change and Swagbucks Amazon certificates for that very Blendtec. Probably be out of production by the time I can get it!

  8. Once again an excellent post Penny! I was blown away by your ‘Never Pay Full Price’ post!

    I would gladly pay more for a product that is reliable than one that I need to replace every year or so! Reminds me of my vacuum! 🙂

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