A Little Bit of Luxury Goes a Long Way
Times are hard for everyone right now. Gas prices are unreal. Food prices are going up. What hard earned income one does get quickly goes just to sustain a semi-comfortable way of life. Some are worse off than others, some have enough income to make the tough times barely noticeable. But I don’t think there’s one person – well, maybe a bizillionaire – who can’t say that they haven’t noticed the pinch.
Since I’ve been unemployed, or self-employed, or freelancing, or contracting, or whatever you want to call it, I’ve felt the pinch more than usual. I’ve gone from having a very comfortable income to almost no income at all. Anything I do earn goes straight to necessities: mortgage, utilities, Internet access (because I make my living off it), food, and gas.
Still, I go out of my way to get one item of luxury for myself. Triple-milled, imported from France bath soaps.
I get these from a little gift boutique in Mill Creek, Washington, Belle Provence. (Click the link to see their website.) Their staff is friendly, and if I had unlimited funds, I’d decorate half my house with their lovely pillows, blankets, furniture, and scrumptious accessories.
Still, these bath soaps cost me $5.95 plus tax, and one bar lasts me about two months, maybe more. They are generously sized, too. One bar is about 5×4 inches. And, unlike many of the scented soaps I’ve tried, the scent isn’t too overpowering, and it lasts – clear up to the last sliver of soap.
My favorite scents are Ocean and Sea Mist. Right, maybe you could have guessed that seeing as I love to decorate my house so it feels coastal. Still, for $12 I have a bit of a spa retreat in my master bath every day. When it’s gloomy outside (as it still is here in Seattle) and I can’t afford gas to drive to the ocean or for a day trip to a real spa, it’s a small price to pay to feel good and build the endorphins.
When times are tough, and you don’t have money for luxury, what do you do?