9 VIP Services Worth Spending A Little Extra Money On This Year

January 4, 2013  |  
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Most of us live our lives on a budget, trying not to spend money frivolously on things we don’t need. But every once in a while, there is a VIP service that we should invest a little extra money in.

Please note the use of the words “every once in while.” If you’re not living large, you shouldn’t pretend to be. However, sometimes bringing in a professional to assess your situation, offer advice, or take care of a big job for you is money well spent. By parting with a little extra money now, you could be setting yourself up for something better later.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at nine things you might want to consider spending a little coin on in 2013. Any other items you would suggest? Let us know in the comments.

Housecleaning Services

If only we could have a full-time maid! Even if you can’t have someone come by regularly to clean your place, it’s worth the expense to bring in the professionals once or twice per year to do a thorough cleaning of your home, especially if you have pets or a large family.

A professional housekeeper can thoroughly clean your shelves, scrub your windows and floors, and otherwise get into the nooks and crannies that your daily and weekly regimen can’t. And with your house spic-and-span, you have time to devote to the other things you have to take care of.

Be sure to check out your daily deals sites for discounts on this service. With a coupon, it’s definitely worth the expense.

Give Your Car a Thorough Once Over

At the very least, you’re taking your car for a wash (or having your man take care of it) to clean off any bird poo, mud, water stains, and other dirt. But once per year, it’s  a good idea to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and check up to keep it working optimally and looking good.

We would go so far as to suggest a high-quality detail job, which is a great way to add value to your car if you think you might want to sell it. Popular Mechanics offers tips for how to do it yourself. As you can see, it might be best to leave it to those in the know.

Gardening and Lawn Services

If you only have a small plot out front, then maybe you can forego this one. But if you have any kind of front or back lawn, bringing in someone   with a green thumb to do more than just mow the grass is a good idea. A professional can freshen up any lawn issues (dry patches, weeds), get your flower beds in check, and offer tips for maintaining your outdoor space and even making it better.

It’s also good for curb appeal. If you’re selling your house, you want everything about it to attract a buyer. But even if you plan to stay, contributing to the overall well-being of your neighborhood means preserving the value of your home and the area around it.

A Little Pampering

A spa day might not seem like a necessity, but we would categorize it as such. Once per year, get the super-deluxe manicure. Add a deep condition to your usual hair cut. Get a 30-minute massage or a body scrub. We have a couple of reasons for this one:

First, if you work in an office, part of that professional lifestyle is a professional appearance. We’re not advocates for weekly trips to any kind of salon. But make sure that your hair, nails, and skin look as good as your suit and accessories.

Second, giving yourself the chance to zone out and be pampered is a great way to refresh the body and mind. Clearing away the clutter opens you up to fresh thoughts and inspiration. Is it an indulgence? OK sure. But this slideshow is about the VIP services you shouldn’t live without this year, so let’s just go with it.

Financial Planner

A financial planner is more than just someone to do your taxes, though we would recommend a professional accountant for that as well if you’ve got a complicated financial situation.

A financial planner can help you plan for the future, reach your goals, and make the most of every penny. That includes a strategy for retirement (yours or that of your loved ones), investing your money, and preparing your wallet for college tuition. You don’t have to be making millions to schedule an appointment and get a few pointers. You might even want to turn this into an ongoing relationship. But at the very least, sitting across the table and talking every now and again with someone who has a working knowledge of how to manage personal finances is a good way to keep things on track.

Home Design Specialist

Whether you’ve just bought a house or been in it for a while, bringing in a home design specialist — an interior designer, organizational specialist, or a contractor — can help you update your home, making it more efficient and, ultimately, save you money.

If your family has grown over the years, you can probably use some help sorting through things, which could lead to a yard sale and some extra cash. If your home is aging, installing new windows or having the roof inspected can save money on heating and cooling expenses or prevent a big leak. And if you’re thinking of selling your house, investing a little money in this sort of service could ultimately yield a bigger sale price.

A Professional Tailor

We’ve said before that a good tailor is a good investment. They can save a favorite article of clothing and make something you love fit like a glove.  If you really have the money, you can even invest in having an article of clothing custom made; something for those special occasions where looking good is of the utmost importance. Nothing says VIP like a bespoke piece of clothing.

Fitness Trainer/Dietitian

If you have fitness goals for 2013 (and who doesn’t) or you’re struggling to get into shape, even a few sessions with a trainer and/or a dietitian can go a long way. Not only will you get workout tips that will help you see results — the best way to ensure that you’ll stick with a healthy regimen — you’ll have healthy tips that you can share with friends and family.

Speaking of, a sit-down with a dietitian is a great idea if you or your children have allergies or chronic conditions where what you eat can be to your detriment. Your health is worth every cent. Check to see if your insurance will even cover some part of this.

Life Coach

Here at Madame Noire, we get a lot of pitches about life coaches. We oftentimes give it a bit of the side eye. After all, what exactly are the qualifications of a life coach? But there are some people who really know what they’re talking about.

If you’re stuck in a career rut, seek out someone who can offer advice for professional development. If your love life is nonexistent, a professional matchmaker might be able to point you in the right direction. Maybe you’re just feeling like you need an overall pick-me-up. A life coach will listen and offer their take. Be selective about who you choose; you want someone that you mesh with in order to get useful information that will actually transform your life.

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