What comes to mind when you think about a luxurious lifestyle? For many people, it’s high-end items like clothing, cars, vacations, or fancy dinners. And when that’s what we picture, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel that luxury simply isn’t available to us. Especially when it seems like so many people are struggling with lifestyle inflation just to have certain luxuries of life.
But in reality, luxury has many possible meanings, and it looks different for everyone. When you think about what a luxury lifestyle really feels like for you, it’s easy to create one on a budget.
7 ways by which you can live like a luxury on u budget:
1. Take more free time from your schedule
There’s just something about free time that feels luxurious, and yet so few of us actually create free time in our own schedules. Between careers, household, childcare, and kids activities, it feels like every moment is accounted for. But we forget that with some notable exceptions, we have control over our own calendars.
2. Slow down your life a little bit
In addition to creating more free time in your calendar, it can also feel luxurious to just slow down as you move through your day. Think of those little moments that you rush through but that really bring you joy. Your cup of coffee in the morning. Your evening walk with your dog. Playing your kids. Sitting down to dinner with your spouse.
3. Renovate your home
Think about how luxurious it feels to stay in a nice hotel or rental home. There’s open space, it’s clean, and it’s completely clear of clutter. You don’t have to pay for a hotel to feel this type of luxury. Decluttering your own home can be just as effective. When your environment is clutter-free, you’ll find that you feel more relaxed, less stressed, and better able to focus on the good things happening.
4. Give priority to quality not quantity
There’s no doubt that high-end items and those that many of us consider “luxury” can be expensive. And while that’s true, they’re often worth it in the long run. When you start investing in high quality items, you’ll find that they last far longer and you don’t find yourself regularly replacing them.
5. Focus on little comforts
There are plenty of small and relatively affordable items you can purchase that will create the feeling of a luxurious lifestyle on a budget. For many people, luxury looks like a spa day, but by purchasing a few candles, a face mask, hitting pub on weekends and some good bubble bath, you can create a similar feeling and treat yourself at home.
6. Cook restaurant quality meals at home
For many people, the idea of going to a nice restaurant and enjoying high-end food and wine sounds luxurious. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford to do that on a regular basis.
The good news is that it’s totally possible to recreate those meals at home. While it might cost a bit more than your typical budget grocery trip, it will be far more affordable than eating the same meal at a restaurant. Plus you can create exactly the ambiance you want for no money at all.
7. Build better relationship
Reach out and reconnect with someone you haven’t seen or talked to in a while but miss. Healthy and happy relationships are the most important parts of a luxury lifestyle. Having people that love you, support you and you can rely on encourages a quality lifestyle. There are so many ways to reach out: make a phone call, send a hand written note, e-mail or connect via social media.
Author’s Corner 🙂
Often we think that “luxury” has this predefined meaning, that things are either luxurious or they aren’t. But that’s simply not true. Luxury is subjective and it means something different to everyone. The key is to decide exactly what a luxurious lifestyle looks like to you and find ways to recreate it for less.