The luxury issue
What’s worth blowing your rent, and what’s best left to the rich.
As the economy slowly claws its way from the abyss, many of us once again can occasionally afford to buy things that would make our Depression-era grandparents gasp. But unless you're lighting stogies with hundreds, you still want to ensure that splurge won't come with a regret hangover. This week, we abandon our frugal ways to test out a slew of high-ticket items-from box seats at the Lyric Opera to first-class flights-to find out what's worth blowing your rent on, and what is better left to those with FU money.
If your trip’s long enough, a primo seat might be worth the price.
How to earn enough miles to fly first class.
Can a group of ladies use bottle service to meet men?
The justifications for ordering a bottle.
A bargain hunter decides if personal shopping is worth it.
Why pay someone to pick out your clothes?
Can slipping a $10 bill get you a table at a crowded restaurant and other perks?
If you’re going to splurge, do it here.
Chicago notables share the big purchases they’ve loved and hated.
A cash-strapped Logan Square resident lives the high life for 12 hours.
Save your cash and sit with the real fans.
Why a Tempur-Pedic is worth the considerable expense.
Treatments at the Peninsula Spa cost a pretty penny, so you might as well make the most of it.
Why paying someone to clean your house is well worth it.
Would you buy a $640 dog bowl?