I was under the (incorrect) assumption that I had already told you guys how I afford to pay for my luxury items. Sometimes I get a little confused about what information I post on here, reply to in comments on here and leave in comments on other people’s blogs. I can’t help it, my memory just sucks. At least now I can tell you, before I forget again. 😉
Okay, so what are these luxury items I speak of? While they might not all seem like luxury items to everybody, they are definitely things I don’t “need”. Sure, I could live without them if I had to, but I really don’t want to.
- Haircuts (since I don’t go to Great Clips or Super Cuts or any other inexpensive place, my haircuts are considered to be a luxury)
- Dead Sea Salt (for amazingly awesome baths)
- Aromatherapy bubble bath (which is used with the salts)
- My Clarisonic Mia and replacement brush heads (I use the deep pore heads and can’t imagine ever stopping after feeling how smooth and soft my skin gets, OMG—it’s just brilliant.)
- Eyebrow waxes (I shouldn’t be allowed to own tweezers)
- My favorite facial cleanser
- 5-Hour Energy drinks (I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker and have quit drinking mochas, so these come in handy.)
- Eye Hope
- My favorite body scrub ever (they better not ever discontinue this or I’ll freak)
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I could come up with on the spot. These luxury items (almost always) don’t get paid for from my husband’s paychecks. This was my choice, not his; he thinks it’s odd too. If the money to pay for these luxury items isn’t coming from his checks, then where is it coming from? A magic credit card perhaps? I wish.
Extra Income to Pay for Luxury Items
I just do things differently. All the extra income I make doing various things online and sometimes offline (except for blogging) is saved up during the year. When the new year starts, I have only the money that I made the previous year to afford to pay for my luxury items. If I can’t stretch it out and make it last all year, I’m going to have to go without.
2010 extra income pays for 2011 luxury items
2011 extra income pays for 2012 luxury items
and so on.
I know it probably just sounds weird, but it works out great for us. If I want to be able to afford my luxury items without worrying, I know that I’ll need to stay on track with earning extra income now. Easy peasy.
The Source of Extra Income
This usually changes up a bit from year to year, sometimes I’ll focus more time and energy on different areas, but I usually end up earning some extra income from each. Below is a list of the various income sources from the last couple of years, I’ve linked them to my other pages and posts in case you want to know more about them.
- Swagbucks.com – The rewards site that works (large contributer)
- Paid Surveys
- Selling stuff in person
- Inbox Dollars
- Cash Crate
- Selling things online (eBay)
- Cash-back shopping (I’ve been using Ebates and Shop at Home the most)
- My piggy bank
- and other stuff that I can’t think of right now.
How do you pay for your luxury items?