6 practical ways to splurge

Treat yourself without breaking the bank

You spend a good deal of time and energy thinking of better ways to boost your savings, but what about those times when you want to indulge?

You don't need to take a three-week vacation at a five-star destination to feel happier and rejuvenated (although those trips are nice, too).

"With the pressures many of us face in these challenging economic times, it's even more important to carve out some resources for splurge purchases — however small," says Jonathan Zemmol, owner of The Yellow Door, a jewelry and gift store in Brooklyn.

To help you figure out some smart splurges — ones that can help you improve both your home and professional lives — we've rounded up a few ideas that could prove to be savvy long-term investments.