Living a luxury lifestyle on a budget
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read these two words – a luxury lifestyle? The high-flying lifestyle of millionaires, billionaires, or Hollywood stars!
A private charter jet, a high-end yacht, an expensive business class ticket on Singapore Airlines, a high-end Rolex watch, Gucci sneakers, a Louis Vuitton handbag, dining in the most expensive restaurant, or a stay in the priciest hotel in the country, aka Moana Lani in Urban Honolulu!
Or is it the experience of sitting in a business class in any Airline, a prized and memorable dinner event with the family at a top restaurant in your city, a designer purse from a local brand?
Or better still, just a simple bunch of fresh flowers in the room, a hand-made artisan wooden frame, a stay at an eco-friendly resort?
LIVING A LUXURY LIFESTYLE ON A BUDGET
Luxury is something that is not common – it could be a product, a service, a feeling, or an experience. Anything that you cannot afford, monetarily and practically every day, can be termed as a luxury.
The word has different interpretations for different people.
Generally speaking, luxury is associated with quality products, unique concepts, high prices, and amazing experiences.
Lifestyle is how you go about living your daily life. What are the things you do? What do you wear? How do you travel? What and where do you eat? What do you drink? What kind of furniture do you have? What routine do you follow?
There are innumerable components to our lifestyle. Every small little thing that is part of our daily living impacts our lifestyle.
What you choose to make part of your life is a decision that you need to take. In the end, these are the products and services that are going to determine whether you have a luxury lifestyleor not.
Since luxury is more about an experience, and a feeling, you need to choose things that make you feel the best, happiest, elated, satisfied, deserving, and so on.
When you focus on treating yourself to the best things in life, as much as your pocket allows, you can be sure of living a luxurious life without a big budget!
As the saying goes, ‘Live life like a King’ but do so within your means. Or else, you will keep working like a slave and never get to enjoy the essence of the lifestyle that you worked so hard to get.
BE CREATIVE AND LIVE A LUXURY LIFESTYLE WITHOUT A BIG BUDGET
The focus of the blog today is to get that luxurious lifestyle that you have always aspired for – to do it in a way that does not pinch your pocket.
This means that you get the luxury brands that you have always dreamt of but in a budgeted manner. You have to be creative.You need to strategize well and plan it properly to get there.
Arbitrary work will not help in getting you a luxury lifestyle – there has to be a concerted and dedicated effort – from setting a goal to planning it out, to be innovative and original, you need to treat this as a project on hand!
Let’s assume that you have always aspired to have the Mercedes-Benz C-Class standing in the driveway of your home. More than a status symbol, possession of this luxury item is a dream for you.
It is an experience that you wish to go through in this lifetime! It is a lifestyle dream for you. You have two choices to get there:
Option 1– earn and save as much. It could take years, at times, unfortunately – a lifetime of hard work and struggle. And many times, it remains unfulfilled.
Option 2 – take it as a project; earn and look for ways to get one affordably. So, maybe you could buy a second-hand Mercedes-Benz C-Class car – fulfill your dream and get it at reasonable prices!
Some creative ways to enjoy the greatest luxury in life.
#1 – VISIT LUXURY HOTELS AND DESTINATIONS IN THE OFF-SEASON
A very practical way to enjoy the best things in life! Why should only the millionaires and the billionaires of the world have all the fun?
You can plan your vacations – annual, or weekly during the off-season when most hotel chains, including the high-end and premium ones, offer attractive discounts.
Another smart thing to do is to book your holidays much in advance. Hotels, and airlines, including the big names in the industry, offer the best rates when you make your bookings 6 months or a year before.
Do it in a planned manner.
# 2 – ENROLL FOR PRODUCT TESTING
You could sign up for product testing. Some brands offer free luxury experiences – this means it does not cost you any money; instead, you get to experience the product or service and then give your feedback.
Being a part of the consumer testing group is not an easy affair, though. You are responsible for giving honest reviews and feedback.
But, the pros are many – you get to live the luxurious life that you have always wanted, as well as, keep back the free items, whether you love them or hate them.
# 3 – TAKE AN INEXPENSIVE CRUISE
If you are looking at enjoying a luxurious cruise, the best option is not to go and look for cheap luxury cruises – you will not get one.
The right thing to do is to wait for attractive deals to come through.
True, luxury is the high-end cruise lines. If you are looking to experience one such journey, go in for all-inclusive packages that are often cheaper than the al-carte rates.
Luxury cruises are usually a week and longer. Often, they stretch up to months. But, since there are budgetary constraints for you, and you wish to enjoy a luxurious cruise, go in for the shorter cruises. You can also book early, take advantage of discounted deals from your favorite brands or book in a group to enjoy a life-changing experience.
# 4 – RENTING DESIGNER ITEMS FROM RENTAL STORES ONLINE
If you look closely, you will find many online fashion retail shops that offer various designer items, especially like designer outfits on rent.
The rental amount varies depending on the brand and the duration for which you take.
The most joyous part is that you get to wear your dream brands, with excellent costume design at a fraction of the market prices.
#5 – BUY DISCOUNT DESIGNER ACCESSORIES AND ATTIRES
One thing good about international premium brands – the top ones – is that they keep launching newer items every season.
In the process, they often ship the overstock items from previous seasons and years to their retail outlets.
These are then sold at amazingly discounted prices. They have clearance sales where you can get some best offers.
For example, you can find items that come at 70% less than the original price. Isn’t that incredible?
Many of your colleagues, bosses, friends, and relatives are living their luxury dreams by choosing to smartly invest in discounted options.
#6 – HUNT FOR AMAZING AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS AND DEALS IN THE FITNESS AND WELLNESS NICHE
Want to treat your skin to a luxurious spa massage or buy skin products from a famed brand? Here, exorbitantly high prices can be a big demotivator.
One of the best things to do is to look out for discounted deals on the services – all brands announce once in a while.
From introductory offers to complimentary massages and classes, there are lots that happen behind-the-scenes. Just keep yourself updated, if you are luxury brand conscious, and you will surely find deals that fit your budget.
# 7 – LEARN TO COOK RESTAURANT-STYLE FOOD
If you love to dine out and at some of the most expensive restaurants in your city, if you are crazy about a celebrity chef’s cooking style, it is time that you learn the art too.
It will save you tones of money each year while ensuring that you treat your family to some of the most delectable food on weekends and special days.
# 8 – BUY OR TAKE HOME SAMPLE SIZES
If you are a shopaholic, you will have a fair idea about the great places to get free sample products from luxury brands.
Say, for example, you could try Sephora.
When you shop here, you get miniature samples, especially perfumes, or skin products from top brands. It is one of the best ways to experience a high-end brand.
# 9 – GO IN FOR REPLICA PRODUCTS
One good option to enjoy your favorite brands is to splurge on replica products. There are many stores online that sell the good quality of duplicate products.
The finish is so precise, that even the most trained eyes are unable to detect the difference.
The prices are amazing, making them some of the best finds for a lifetime.
# 10 – TRY BECOMING A MODEL FOR EXPERIMENTS
One excellent way to get a free massage or a make-up done from the most prized spa or beauty studio in the city is to become an experimental model.
Starting with free samples, there are free trials and demos that institutes and organizations carry out for their new students and recruits.
As a model, you will be invited for demos, making it a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the experience.
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