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Live decadently while on a budget with these 5 affordable luxuries

Live decadently while on a budget with these 5 affordable luxuries

Living under a budget often means sacrificing a lot of your favourite things just to get by – from eating at your number one restaurant, to even being able to cook yourself pancakes. However, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom when you’ve got a craving for something a bit more expensive. In fact, a lot of the time when you’re shopping you can find a much cheaper alternative and still be able to enjoy the little things without feeling guilty afterwards.

Here are five luxuries that you can often find much cheaper if you shop around a little more, make a few compromises, and afford to repay back what you owe all at the same time.

1. Wine

A home cooked meal with a nice bottle of wine is a perfect affordable evening in, however wine can be expensive, particularly in Australia.

A cheap wine from the bottle shop will set you back $8 or more. We shopped around for a better deal and found these two budget friendly options:

Greys Online runs wine auctions.
Aldi’s online liquor store bottles of wine starting at $2.89.

2. Breakfast

Breakfast out is one of life’s simple pleasures, and it is typically cheaper than dinner. But if you really want to save money, go for a fancy breakfast at home.

Invite your friends, set the table, get the coffee machine going, go all out. Typically, the cost of one breakfast out can feed four or more at home!

Here’s a great pancake recipe
Here’s how to make hollandaise sauce
Here is the best french toast recipe.

3. Concert Tickets

Concerts are amazing, and often give you the best experiences of your life, but these days they can be crazy expensive.

So if you’re on a budget, the chances are that live entertainment isn’t probably on your list of things to do. Here are a couple of ways to get cheap tickets if you’re open to seeing something new:

Last Tix – has last minute deals for concerts. Sometimes at 50% or more off.
Gumtree is also a great place to buy cheap tickets.

4. Massage

There is nothing more luxurious that a massage. Lying there while someone does nothing else but make your sore, overworked muscles feel good again.

Natural therapy training colleges tend to run practice sessions for their students and these massages can be very affordable. However, they are students, so it can be a bit hit or miss, depending on how much you really enjoy massages.

Try the Think Wellbeing Centres – $20/hour.
Or the NSW School of Massage.

5. Chocolate

For when you have a sweet tooth, chocolate can get notoriously expensive. If you’re picky as well the prices add up, but there are definitely some much more affordable options out there that will satisfy even the most particular of chocoholics.

Here are 51 chocolate recipes you can try out at home.
Chocolate at your local supermarket can often price from $1 and up. Even value chocolate can taste good when you’re on a budget!

6. DIY

If you’re someone that loves arts and crafts, painting, wants to bring entertainment to the comfort of your own home, or if you have kids, then there are plenty of DIY options than can be fun and cost effective.

From making puppets, to knitting, to cross stitching and even making toys, paintings or temporary tattoos – you can always find something that’ll make your kids smile without the fancy budget to boot.

Get creative with these 30 ideas to get you started with.

Aside from these five luxuries, there are actually many entertaining ways you can save money and have fun even from your home or making a few small changes each month. Everyone deserves a treat now and then, but when you’re on a strict budget it can be hard to find them. Follow these tips to get you started.
For more money-saving tips, check out our insights page!

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