What is one of the most expensive things that you’ve ever bought?

Questions asked and answered for my daughters

Shaun Holloway
Lessons from Ordinary
2 min readJan 24, 2021


Air Force Academy bed, Colorado Springs, from my visit in 2018

When I think of “expensive,” it is more than the “wow that’s expensive pizza” or “that puzzle is more expensive than it should be for 500 pieces.”

The definition of “expensive” is subjective. It depends on many factors like where you are in life, how much money you make, and how relative it is to other items.

The most expensive purchases should be investments in yourself and/or others’ well-being.

There is one expensive purchase that immediately qualifies, and it’s not our house, truck, camper, or related typical major purchase.

It’s our mattress. Our bed. The place we spend 6–9 hours a day in. The material the helps restore our health.

When I was growing up, I always wanted a Tempur-Pedic mattress. I was probably sucked in by TV commercials originally; then, as an adult, I ordered the “free sample” memory foam block (they weren’t as popular yet). But, the mattress would be out of my reach for a long time.

It wasn’t until we moved to the house we live in now that we decided to splurge in the area we spend our time. Taking the advice that I was given and that I constantly give other people…

“spend your money where you spend your time.”

The Tempur-Pedic mattress was an expensive purchase for 3 reasons:

  1. The price is much higher than the average mattress you can get at a place like Sam’s Club.
  2. The price was high enough that we had to prioritize and plan for the timing of the purchase, while comparing with other needs.
  3. We technically did not “neeeeed” the mattress, because we could sleep on a cheaper one.

Was buying the Tempur-Pedic mattress worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

I appreciate it every night, and I can tell the difference after spending a few nights traveling. Prioritize your purchases, especially the ones that improve the quality of your well-being.

Disney World Wilderness Lodge, 2007



Shaun Holloway
Lessons from Ordinary

Lessons from Ordinary. Business and life learning from everyday objects and common questions. http://www.srholloway.com