The middle class is a group of people who are living relatively comfortable lives but still always need to be on the lookout for financial ruin. If you’re a middle-class citizen, you’re probably always searching for bargains on things that can elevate your lifestyle and help you add some luxury to your life. These are a few relatively affordable expenses that most middle citizens can incur with just a little bit of saving if they want some luxury in their lives.
Ever walked into someone’s backyard and envied their big hot tub, wishing you had the money to get one for yourself? Well, you’d be surprised to find out that they are relatively inexpensive to run and maintain, and nowadays blow up hot tubs aren’t that costly. Don’t be fooled by how they look either – they function just as well as a regular hot tub, and they’re actually more convenient to install. The best part? You don’t need to worry about the expense (and hassle) of hiring a construction crew to install them. All you need is a second pair of hands, and you may even get away with doing it on your own.
Don’t keep looking at Instagram photos of people’s vacations in a cloud of jealousy. Most destinations can be relatively affordable and enjoyable if you search for online bargains for slightly off-season bookings. What does that mean? Simply plan your vacation to start on the last day of the season – the weather won’t be that bad, and you’ll get a significantly lower price.
Also try to look for vacation at resorts and hotels that are 1 star below what you want – the difference isn’t that big, and you might find high-level hotels that just aren’t rated yet. Consider traveling to destinations that aren’t in first-world countries – they are usually cheaper even though the service is similar, and the experience more exciting.
Last but not least, there’s no reason to spend your hard-earned cash on Starbucks – an espresso machine is relatively inexpensive if you opt for a smaller unit. It may take some time to fiddle with the ratios, but you can easily learn how to make your own perfect cup of joe – and it costs less! Sipping on espresso doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg – the initial investment (for the machine) can be as low as a couple of hundred dollars for a decent machine.
As middle-class citizens, we live in between the luxuries of the rich and the miseries of the poor. But, with little financial savings and research, we can easily find ways to upgrade our lives to be more akin to that of the rich than that of the poor. Anyone can lead a luxurious life if they adjust their expectations slightly, and do their due diligence to make sure they can get the best bargain available. What other items of luxury do you think you can afford?