Friday, 30 November 2012

Let's have a bit of frugal luxury!

Frugal AND luxury in the same phrase???

Well according to one online dictionary frugal is defined as:

Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources.

And luxury is defined as:

  Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.

Sooo... in my way of thinking it is quite possible to have something that is condusive to pleasure and comfort whilst still being economical in the use of resources.

I'm thinking... 

...snuggling on a squishy sofa under a cosy quilt on a cold winters day.
... climbing into bed between freshly laundered sheets.
...a lovely hot relaxing bath.

Oh there are so many things that can be defined as luxury without a huge wasteful expenditure of cash.

I'm all for frugal living, but let's not confuse frugal with cheap and, or miserley. 
Oh no! 
Frugal should be positive. 
Frugal should allow luxury.  
Frugal should be luxurious!

In fact , my opinion is that by living frugally and making sure that we make the best and most efficient use of our resources we enable ourselves to live more luxurious lives, not less.

Another definition of luxury that I found online described it as:

Something expensive or hard to obtain.


Luxury does not have to be either expensive or hard to obtain.

I'm all for injecting little nuggets of luxury into my life wherever possible, it's what makes life's journey pleasurable.  So I thought I'd take the opportunity that blogging provides to do a little series of posts about my little frugal luxuries.

The things I do and create that inject a feeling of luxury or indulgence, but fit within the definition of economy of expenditure and resources.

So each weekend I will be posting "A Little Something for the Weekend"  beginning tomorrow with a post about this deliciously luxurious...

...artisan bread.

See you then. 


1 comment:

  1. I so agree with you... there is no need to spend a small fortune on something luxurious, though I suppose it could depend on your own definition of the word, the interpretation you place on the dictionary definition.
    I just think that at this time of year especially, there is too much commercialism. We visited a new Sainsbury's last week, a brand spanking new SUPERSTORE. Huge. Massive. Overwhelming. Too much. I just felt sick at the sight of all this 'stuff', and people piling trolleys high with 'stuff', spending small fortunes it seemed to me. I am not a miser, do not object to people having a good time, but it just seems we are all being sucked into this having more whether we need it or not syndrome. My only indulgence at this time of year is a box of chocolates and some nice biscuits for us to share, whatever money I may have spent on other unnecessary things or 'stuff' in the past but now don't, goes to charity, a different one each year. Not to make me feel good or virtuous you understand, just because all this 'stuff' makes me realise all the more, how well off we really are, compared to so many others


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