06/24/2011 01:29 pm ET Updated Aug 24, 2011

How To Splurge Wisely

There's something about the word "splurge" that just feels indulgent—it rolls slowly off your tongue in a decadent drawl, and evokes imported truffles and designer shoes. It's a decision for immediate luxury, albeit often laced with a tinge of guilt.

There’s no room for such frivolity in the responsible world of financial planning, right?

Wrong. Most financial experts and social psychologists will tell you that splurges are not only allowed, they’re necessary and healthy to achieving financial happiness, because the pleasure they provide promotes a better relationship with our money–and, let’s face it, is one of the ways money makes our life more enjoyable.

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