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Lush Living: 5 Ways To Enjoy The Luxuries You Love On A Budget.

May 17, 2022 by  
Filed under Business, Money, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( When you think of a luxurious lifestyle, what comes to mind? Is it expensive clothing, shoes, cars, vacations, and mansions? If so, you’re not the only one. Many people think luxury depends on the amount of money you have, but really, it’s a state of mind. 

It’s easy to get frustrated when living on a tight budget. We often feel deprived of the things we love because they cost too much or aren’t necessary. The good news is that you don’t have to do without your favorite things just because you live paycheck to paycheck. You can enjoy the luxuries you love on a budget by following the tips below. 

  1. Allow Yourself Small Luxuries

A luxurious lifestyle is more about convenience and comfort than buying the most expensive things. Many small comforts cost relatively little compared to the amount of pleasure they provide. For example, if you’re a coffee-lover, you might buy coffee beans online rather than settling for cheap instant coffee from the grocery store. Though it may come at a small extra cost, if the rich aroma of it brewing every morning brings you joy, then it’s an investment in your daily happiness. When you allow yourself such small luxuries, you don’t feel so deprived while sticking to a budget. 


  1. Make Time for Free Time

Life is busy, we get it. However, free time just feels luxurious. There’s something so delicious about waking up and realizing you don’t have to do a thing if you don’t want to. So, give yourself the gift of free time whenever you can. 

If you just can’t find time for free time, schedule it. Mark it on the calendar, and think of it as a task you can’t delegate or delay. Make the most of your scheduled free time by doing something you love… Or just take a nap

  1. Slow Down

Most days are fast-paced and full of things to do, but pausing a moment to truly enjoy the things you love is a luxury in itself. Sip your morning coffee, walk the dog a little further in the evening, eat slowly, and converse more with your spouse at dinner. These are the little things that make life better and make memories to last a lifetime. 

  1. Declutter Your Home

One of the best parts of staying in a hotel or holiday home is the fact that they are clutter-free. They feel spacious and unencumbered. You don’t need to shell out big bucks to enjoy the feeling of a spacious hotel room, though. Just decluttering your own home can make you feel better, reducing stress and making your environment more comfortable. 

  1. Think Quality Over Quantity

Yes, high-end products tend to cost more, but when you consider the fact that they often last longer than their cheaper counterparts, are they really as expensive as you thought? 

Prioritizing quality over quantity means you can buy the more expensive items you want, and you’ll actually end up spending less because you won’t need to replace them as often. Also, buying quality doesn’t always mean unaffordable. If you do some research and comparison shop for the things you need or want, you’ll likely find a better-quality item that fits into your budget just fine. 

We often think luxury equals expensive, but luxury is subjective. A luxurious lifestyle is about comfort and convenience, so it’s different for everyone. While a luxurious lifestyle can include expensive possessions, it can also be a state of mind or being. The key is to identify what luxury means to you and make it happen for less.

Staff Writer; Laura Brown

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