I don’t know if anyone that reads my blog has been broke like some have been, like me, many times. Luckily, the happiest times of my life were the times my family had very little money. We had fun instead of money. There are a few things that you can give up and eventually you won’t even notice they’re gone.
For example, toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss, screw it. Let your teeth rot right out of your head, eventually you won’t even notice they’re gone.
Ok, I actually intended this to be a serious post, but things just went haywire. Sorry.
One of the first things I gave up when I went broke was flowers, flowers are pretty and they brighten your day. You know what else will brighten your day? Ten bucks.
Magazines, sure they are reasonably entertaining, Kardashians, Jenners, The Royal Family and whomever. Who the eff cares? Read that crap online.
Do you still go to the movies? Unless it is super important and can “only” be seen on the big screen, don’t go. Have a decent TV and watch that at home. Although if you only saw Jurassic Park on a television, you didn’t see the movie at all. Ya, I said it, I’m old.
Knick knacks for shelves, various pencil sharpeners of the world if you will. Your frog collection is fascinating, but you’re broke now. Enough.
Fake nails, I don’t want to even tell you the money I used to spend on this type of crap. I can actually grow really pretty nails, all on my own, for freaking free. Grow your own nails and buy the tools to do your own mani/pedi. (More on this is coming.)
However, there are a few things you should buy to make you happy enough to not cry at night.
Mayonnaise, it will cost you about 4 bucks and you’ll have it six months. If you have actual mayo, you can make deviled eggs. Who isn’t happy eating those? I’ll give you a kick ass recipe and it’ll cost you a couple of eggs. It will feel like a happy, family picnic, truly. Potato and macaroni salads are cheap and filling, again… picnic, same four bucks.
Makeup, nail polish and products for your skin. If you do your own pedicure you can save three hundred or more dollars a year. The tools are twenty-five dollars, plus a couple sexy red nail polishes.
It isn’t always easy getting through the leaner times but leave the “stupid” luxuries behind.
If you haven’t noticed, I used to be extremely frivolous with my spending and had a very serious shopping addiction. To this day, just parking my car at the mall gives me terrible anxiety, but savings…. 500 bucks.
I’m going to talk more about that in the future, stay tuned.
Do you guys have any tips for feeling a little luxurious even while you’re broke?