I lied when I said I was not a materialist. Because there's one place where I am, a bit. Food. I'm not a gourmet, but I am able to spend money on food that I wouldn't spend on anything else. Because 1) even really expensive food is not so expensive when you compare it to things like computer items or designer clothing, and 2) it eventually gets eaten, allowing the consumer to maintain some delusion of minimalism.
And, in the case of ice cream, I would like to convince myself that it helps with heartburn, in the same way that milk is supposed to. My anecdotal evidence swears to me that it works. More rationally, it doesn't really make a difference, but I listen to the anecdote because it gives me an excuse to eat more ice cream.
On a not very related note, this is the silliest post I've written in a long time (and that's saying something. I write silly stuff all the time). Please help me make it all better by telling me your stories. In what areas are you willing and able to splurge? And if/when you splurge on food and drink, what food or drink do you buy?
*Photo credit: one of my all-time favorites, though not the only one I like by any means, http://bestuff.com/stuff/ben-and-jerrys-cookie-dough*