The key to not feeling poor, I've discovered, is choosing the right things to spend your money on. I skip cable and splurge on fancy dinners. I deny myself cab rides so I can get weekly pedicures. It's all about making financial choices that make me feel good. If you are reading this right now, then you've probably surmised that I make my living as a writer. We all know what this means: (relative) poorness for life barring some stroke of financial luck. And there are none in my foreseeable future. But I'm not whining. At the start of each year, I decide on a few choice purchases that will make me feel rich. This past year, it was a duvet cover, a Mac laptop, a fancy coffee maker, a maid once a month, a weekend beach share and pair of expensive French boots. Click through to see what I'm spending my hard earned duckets on this year. Don't worry, it's not a horse. But a girl can dream.