When budgets get tight, it’s the luxury items that get cut out first. And so they should – paying the power bill
or putting food on the table should always go before buying that pair of designer shoes.
But sometimes it’s
nice to have a little luxury too. So try the following ideas:
- Go camping! Glamorise
it by pretending you’re doing a Survivor show.
- Holiday off-season – talk to your kids teachers. They maybe
able to assign some ‘holiday work’ to allow you to take a family break during term time.
- Utilise budget
tickets and accommodation – but read the fine-print, particularly on cancellation clauses.
- You can sometimes
get rental cares cheap if they need to be returned to a particular location – great road trip option if you’re
not picky about the destination. But always have both travel directions worked out before you go.
- By second hand – furniture, vehicles and so on.
- Shop at thrift shops – many
of them sell designer clothes for a fraction of the new price.
- Go to garage sales or try eBay - you never know what you’ll find.
- Make it yourself – you can make many luxury products your self! Beauty
products, bakes goods, etc. are all expensive luxury items that you can just make yourself.
- Fake it! Keep your brand
name food packaging and refill with no-brand versions!