6 practical ways to splurge

Create a memorable experience

The best splurges aren't necessarily sparkly or tactile, but rather experiential. Unlike expensive trinkets that can fall out of fashion or favor, an experience changes as you do.

Debi Pfitzenmaier, a San Antonio-based writer who blogs at SA Busy Kids, dedicated a year to a family “no-spending spree” after realizing her kids tended to “grab it, use it, forget about it.”

She focused on family experiences and time together.

Her favorite memories come from inexpensive trips to places like the Slab, a popular swimming hole on the Llano River in east-central Texas.

She finds inspiration for what to do by asking her kids and from search engines like Google, which can lead you to new experiences with a simple search for "things to do in ..."