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Frugal Luxuries - The Lean Times


Jun 11, 2009 Frugality , , , , , , , 4 Comments

What ‘luxuries’ would you not give up?  I like to live a nice life abet a fairly frugal one, so I made a list of the little luxuries in my life that I pretty much will not want to live without.  Please comment if you think my ideas of luxuries are frivolous or down to earth.

1.    White Egyptian cotton sheets.  Very soft, durable not very extravagant if you buy them on Ebay.  I buy all white so my linens always match.  For a bit of colour you can have a printed or just contrasting duvet cover.
2.    Moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy brand just half way decent.  I am terrified of sun damage and wrinkles.
3.    Staying on the beauty front – a good hair cut and colour if you need it.  I probably have said it before but we wear our hair everyday so we should make it look its best.  You don’t have to spend a lot on going to the hairdresser; I have a friend that I swap babysitting for haircuts.
4.    Cloth napkins. They make an ordinary meal seem special, don’t cost more than the initial price, and  are good for the environment.
5.    Candles.  I love to have candles around the house, especially with a nice dinner.  Candlelight is romantic, flattering and economical.  Also who would want to turn on the TV when you have a beautiful table?
6.    My last ‘luxuries’ are more safety than luxury for me – to always have £20 hidden in my wallet and a mobile phone that works properly.

What are your little luxuries?


  • Tracey McBride
    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    What a great post! In my humble opinion all of your luxuries are frugal (as opposed to frivolous). I especially like your logic regarding a good hair cut/color as well as sunscreen!! Thank you for the thought provoking post.

  • PennyGolightly
    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:56 am

    If you’re interested in the idea of creating luxury, there’s a section about it in a book called ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. Some of the book is pretty way out there, but a lot of it’s useful.

    I like restaurant-style porcelain or bone china plates and bowls to make food look better. Like your linen, I buy white china in plain shapes, so it all matches.

    Also, I’d sooner have good quality chocolate and eat it less often, rather than have lots of the cheaper stuff. Quality over quantity every time.

  • Viviana
    Jun 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I will look up that book at the library, it sounds interesting. I also use white plates with coloured napkins.
    Yes quality over quantity definitely.

  • Louise
    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I agree with all your points, especially the moisturiser with SPF15 which doesn’t need to be an expensive brand. I also agree that a good haircut/colour is an absolute must. I wouldn’t like to manage without my hair straighteners either! Great post.

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