Happy Monday, friends! This is a subject that’s been on my heart lately. As I prepared to write, I realized that after almost a full year of our super frugal living, I might have a different idea now than most people do of what a luxury is. 🙂 We made a commitment on January 1, 2013, that we were going to go seriously back to basics in our lifestyle and in our spending. What that means for us is only buying what we need: no professional haircuts brow waxes or highlights (WAAAA! 🙁 ), clothes on an as-needed – and I mean really “needed”, as in We Will Only Replace Socks and Underwear That Have Holes too Big to Allow Them to Qualify as Socks and Underwear – basis only, limited entertainment monies, etc., etc. So, as I share ways to save on luxuries and splurges today, bear with me as my view may be a little skewed after 10 months of no highlights in my hair. :-).
1. Coffee. Rick LOVES coffee. And although he’s much too
cheap frugal to go to Starbucks everyday, he loves him a great flavored treat. He still gets to partake in this yummy luxury though, because we buy a big, 40-oz. bag of Colombian Supremo beans at Sam’s club, grind them ourselves, and Rick puts a little bit of Hershey’s chocolate syrup or flavored Coffee Mate in his cup. It’s not a latte’, but there’s always ways to get that same yummy flavor at home, for a much lower price. Rick spends less than $20 a month on his beans and flavor additives.
2. Manicures, Pedicures, brow waxes, etc. Being on a super strict budget can be difficult in that those little trips to the salon to pamper yourself have to go “bye-bye”. But we still want to look our best and spoil ourselves a bit, right? The DIY brow waxes, manis and pedis are a bit time consuming, but I always feel better after I’m done with mine, and I’ve spent little to no money in the process. Even a facial is a possibility with some cucumber slices and a great all-natural facial crème recipe. And I have to say it’s kind of nice to know that I can look and feel pampered for free. 🙂
3. High(er) end clothing. I’m a firm believer that people should rarely, if ever, pay full price for even the nicest clothing. With the existence of Ebay, Craigslist, consignment shops and thrift stores, there’s always ways to get an awesome deal on those $100 jeans, fur coat, or whatever else your heart desires. Not too long ago, as I shopped for the Goodwill Smackdown over at Three Thrifty Guys, I found an awesome pair of designer jeans for my teen daughter for $3.50. They fit her perfectly, she loves them, and there is no way in ______ that I would’ve ever paid the ridiculous full price amount for this brand. Luckily, by utilizing the tips above, I don’t have to.
4. Kids’ toys/sporting goods. Here’s another area where it’s super easy to find deals on things other kids have gotten bored with/grown out of. For instance, a friend of mine got a Sport Court (normally priced for thousands of dollars) for $500 on Craigslist. My old boss put in a similar style of court for $20k. Sports equipment is another great example: ice skates, skateboards, bicycles, motorbikes, ATVs, all that fun stuff can easily be found for half price on Craigslist. Why pay full price?
5. Vacations. With all of the different credit card offers and other ways to gain flying and lodging points, a cheap or free vacation is very much a reality. All over the PF blogging world, there are stories of people who have had great vacation destination trips for not much more than the cost of any extras they might want to buy.
Being on a budget, even a strict one, doesn’t have to equal “no fun” or “no luxuries”. How do you save on luxuries and splurges?