How to Project Luxury Without Spending the Earth

Wouldn’t it be great to live a life filled with luxury? You bet it would. However, that’s a lifestyle exclusively reserved for the rich and famous – or so says conventional wisdom. The truth is, there are plenty of ways to get luxury into your life, even if you’re not taking home millions in salary each year. We take a look at a few budget luxury ideas below.

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Create Your Style

When we look at people who live a life of luxury, what are we really seeing? We don’t know how much any of the items cost, yet we sometimes intuitively understand that they’ve immersed themselves in all that’s good. It’s all about perception! So why don’t you project a similarly luxurious (or carefree) vibe, too? One of the best ways to do this is to cultivate your sense of style. You don’t need to have more clothes than you can count to have a well-put-together look: two or three golden outfits and a few high-quality staples for everyday wear will be a good start.

Look Used

Yes, you’ll need to have a lot of money in your bank account if you want to have expensive branded items as soon as they become available. But if you’re willing to wait, and buy used, then you’ll find that you can have luxury items at a much more affordable price. Designer clothing, for example, will be heavily discounted if you buy second-hand. For a top of the range vehicle, you can take a look at buying used from Ron Skinner & Sons. High-quality furniture and home appliances can also be acquired without a jaw-dropping price attached, if you look in the right places (Gumtree, local forums and Charity shops for example).

Small Luxury Upgrades

If you don’t have the money to ensure all your purchases are infused with quality, then focus on the items where it’ll make the biggest difference. There are plenty of luxury goods that are really just for show, and others where it obviously changes the fundamental experience of the item. To begin your journey toward a life of quality, then look at first making small upgrades. Start with anything comfort related in your home. You’ll appreciate upgraded bedding, towels, linens, sofa covers, and so on. From there, you can take a look at building up, so that it touches more and more areas of your life.

Cheap and Cheerful Home Improvements

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

It’s all good and well talking about luxury when it’s to do with the things that you already need (say, those towels we mentioned above), but what about the areas where it’s not completely necessary (or necessary at all), just fun? It’s hard to justify booking a suite rather than a normal room in a hotel, for example. For these options, there’s a little trick you can try: just ask. If you throw on your most charming smile, and have an attitude that suggests you know it’s unlikely you’ll be given an upgrade, it’s worth a try! To increase your chances of a luxury upgrade make sure that you’re signed up to any loyalty schemes and are super super friendly when talking to staff!

Do you have any tips for living a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget? I’d love to know if you’ve ever managed to bag a free upgrade in the comments below!

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