I know I say this all the time but just because I’m a conscious spender who likes to watch my pennies doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy a bit of luxury now and then. (That last phrase being the key one: now and then.)
As you know though, it would be totally out of character for me to not shop around for a good deal, so when I do decide to treat myself and my family, I know that I’m getting the best value for my money. I wanted to share some examples with you today of how you can live the good life without paying the good life prices:
A month of Sundays
Look for offers outside of high tourist season or on less popular days of the week that combine accommodation with a meal package. Hotels often have trouble filling rooms on a Sunday night, for example, so instead of a mini-break at peak weekend, why not schedule Monday off and go for a less crowded stay? A 4 star hotel package like this offering a Sunday night stay, plus a welcome drink and two meals with a late check-out is pretty hard to beat at between £99 to £116 for two persons and really satisfies the urge to splurge.
Breakfast of champions
When a proper getaway just isn’t in the cards, be a tourist locally. You don’t have to shell out the money for an expensive hotel room to enjoy the atmosphere. Treat yourself to coffee, breakfast, or tea in their dining room and pretend you’ve just woken up on 300-thread count Egyptian cotton – none of the other guests would think otherwise!
Ladies who lunch
In a similar vein, if you’re a foodie without a trust fund, there’s no reason why you can’t have a Michelin Star dining experience – just go for lunch instead of dinner.
Gentlemen, start your engines
Always fancied the idea of getting behind the wheel of a luxury car? No, I can’t tell you where you can buy an affordable Aston Martin, but you can spend an afternoon in one.
Second hand luxury
Even super high-end luxury goods become considerably more affordable when you buy pre-owned. Whether we’re talking about being the second owner of haute couture piece from Balenciaga or a vintage Patek Philippe, there are plenty of options out there online. The best part is, you can often turn around and resell these in-demand brands yourself if the thrill wears off, so there’s little risk. (Mind you, I’m not suggesting it will!)
As I said at the start, while these ideas are surely more frugal than paying full price, luxuries aren’t for every day. I certainly wouldn’t advise you to dip into your emergency fund to afford them, but sometimes we all need a reward for the hard work we do saving money every day. So here’s a permission slip to dip your toe into the world of luxury. If an occasional treat helps keep you on the frugal road, then DO IT!
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