Living on a budget may not sound like fun but it essential for most people to be financially fit.  If you’ve been pinching pennies to save money for a major purchase or repair your credit, then you may be longing for the day when you can spend money without thinking twice about it. Wouldn’t it be nice to go to a restaurant without looking at the prices? Don’t you want to travel without skimping on luxury amenities? One day, if you stick to your financial plan, you’ll get there. However, in the meantime, you’ll have to follow some of our tips for looking and feeling “rich”, even when you’re on a budget.  After all, experiencing a taste of luxury can help you realize that it’s within reach! 

Below are five ways to feel “rich” while living on a budget

Shop Resale Websites

Shopping is a favorite way to spend a day for many people. There’s no shame in enjoying designer and luxury brands. However, if you can’t afford them, you’ll be left drooling over advertisements and display windows. Just because something is out of your budget doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to afford it. If you don’t mind buying used clothing and accessories, then you should definitely shop resale websites like eBay, Poshmark, and ThredUP.  On these sites you can find designer items at bargain prices. The trick to using these websites is to have an idea of what you want ahead of time and then be patient about finding the best value. You may even want to set up alerts when possible.

Groom Yourself When Living On a Budget

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It’s true that grooming can be pricey, especially if you visit salons where haircuts and coloring can cost hundreds of dollars. If you enjoy getting your nails done or visiting the spa, then you’ll be spending even more money. The good news is that you can still look great without maxing out your credit card. First, you must decide, “Which grooming rituals are essential?” Some people should get regular haircuts, while other people need to keep their skin or body hair in check. Then, shop around for the most affordable alternatives to the mainstream salon. Sometimes, you can even watch YouTube videos and learn how to groom yourself with a little practice and dedication.   There are also discount sites like Groupon and Living Social that will hook you up with local businesses at a fraction of the regular cost.  Self care does not have to cost a lot.

Grab Dessert At An Expensive Restaurant

Is there a new restaurant in town that you have heard amazing reviews about?  Chances are it is not the cheapest place to eat.  A great way to experience a place like this is to eat in and grab dessert at the restaurant.  You can still get all dressed up! This way, you can still enjoy the service and ambiance of an expensive restaurant that you would really like to visit but without spending an arm and a leg.

Add Fresh Flowers To Your Home

Sprinkling fresh flowers throughout your home is a great way to feel uplifted.  They don’t have to be super fancy or an entire bouquet of 20 roses either.  Your local supermarket may have some great deals on small bouquets that can run you less than five dollars.

Develop Your Presence

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You know how some people simply have that je ne sais quoi. Just being in their presence makes you think they must have access to money, resources, or…something.  By working on your self confidence and body language, you can also become one of those people. Focus on standing up straight, giving a solid handshake, and projecting self love. Before you know it, people will be asking, “Did you lose weight? Did you get a raise? Did you fall in love?” They won’t know what got into you, but you’ll be impressing them with your presence.