Living Luxe for Less

My apologies to all those who had received the unfinished post in error.  I don’t really know what happened there but it was quite a shock to have received an alert that I had posted something when I hadn’t.  LOL.  Hope you all had a good weekend.

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Since giving up our double income and excessive consumerism, we have learned to change the way we spend.  As I look back on our changes, I see that very little has been removed from our lifestyle;  if anything, our day-to-day living has become more indulgent without having to spend big bucks.  By moving into a more active role and becoming more of a producer than a consumer, we are actually still living the luxe life on so much less than we used to.

Here are some of of our indulgent pleasures at home:

A cafe-style brekafast of sourdough toast, ham, and eggs. Cost: less than $1, and I can have it in the comfort of our home every single day. Each cafe meal like this would set me back by at least $9.
Coffee, roasted to order. We’d recently run out of coffee beans, and to buy 3kgs of it would have cost us $100. This set above was $89 including the roaster, and the unroasted beans won’t go stale before we get to them. Plus, I get to have fun learning how to roast beans myself. Bonus!

Nibbling on fresh berries whilst out and about in our own backyard. The burst of flavour in my mouth is simply beyond any taste I have ever experienced from fruit bought from the shops. At the moment, our pomegranate is nearly ready to harvest — three fruits from a single young bush. It would have cost us over $8 to buy those — just a single fruit more and we would be breaking even on the cost of the plant.

Fresh flowers every single day of the year. Right now, the African Daisies and Salvias are in bloom and the spring bulbs have just been poking their heads out. We buy our tulips and lilies in May, when all the good nurseries around Monbulk mark down the bulbs to half price. I can’t wait to harvest bunches of them in the spring. It costs us just $60 to get 100 bulbs delivered, and those flowers come back year after year with sufficient care. It boggles my mind how we used to spend $10 for just three stems of lilies every week.

There is so much more on my list — homemade cheese, yogurt, and a million other things that I am sure many of you make as part of daily life.  I am so glad we’ve found our way out of consumerism, and I can’t wait to see what else this simple, gratifying life will teach us in the future.

How about you?  What are your simple luxuries?

10 Replies to “Living Luxe for Less”

  1. Isn’t a good brekkie such a nice way to start a day! Looks delicious. One of my most simple and happy indulgences is to curl up with a book and a cup of hot chocolate in a warm mug.

    1. Oh how I miss doing that, Meg. Cold, rainy mornings are so much better with a book and a steaming cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

  2. Very cool to roast your own beans! I feel like I’m living in luxury when I come from the garden with a basket filled with fresh veggies. I feel like I went on a shopping spree at the farmer’s market!

    1. Oh for sure Julie! I looked at your garden photos with envy when I visited your blog 🙂

      Yes I feel kind of smug at the thought of roasting my own beans. LOL.

  3. I love tulips, roses and hydrangeas. There is no way that I can grow those in our climate so I look at photos of others and go slightly green with envy.
    We have lived a frugal life since we first married 30 years ago. It started off as a choice and then became a lifestyle. This has allowed us to live the last 12 months on a part aged pension, as I looked after my ill husband.
    We live on well under the breadline, yet we live well.
    Home grown and home made make for a good life.

    1. Jane that is exactly how I feel as well. Living this way is so fulfilling and I wish we could have found out sooner. We never were extravagant but I’m sure we could’ve done with so much less.

      I hope your husband is doing well. I love those flowers too, but I think I’ve killed our hydrangeas by moving them to an unprotected spot under the kiwifruit which grew less than we had hoped.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  4. What a beautiful garden you must have Mrs.Meagre. Ours is still a mess with all the weeds from the rain after the cyclone last month. We have always lived frugally out of necessity after my husband hurt his back when we first married. You will have plenty of coffee grounds to use in soapmaking with that great machine 😉

    1. Ha! I hadn’t thought of it that way Nanna Chel. It must be wonderful using up the coffee from the whole unroasted beans right up to the spent puck. Thank you for the idea.

      I am sure your garden looks better than ours! If you can only see our backyard, LOL. Perhaps I should take a photo of the mess.

  5. A message like that certainly would be a scare. I’m glad everything is back to normal.

    Roasting your own coffee beans is not something I had ever thought to do. The cost savings, health benefits, taste and I’m sure it smells good roasting too. I’m on my way 🙂.

    I have a big cooked breakfast on Sunday mornings. Save so much, tastes better to me, I can add a whole host of different veggies and be cosy and warm in my pj’s – perfect.

    We make, grow and do a lot more ourselves now in so many different areas. I find that yes we save money however the satisfaction is even better. It also adds more of ‘you’ to your home. It also gets the kids involved more as this is there home too and when they contribute and help they are not only learning new skills but they’re outdoors, spending time with you and hopefully will continue along that path. Good values.

    Your flowers look wonderful, love the red, so vibrant. I like tulips a lot and remember visiting a tulip farm in the Netherlands, amazing.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Kylie

    1. I’m excited to have a go at roasting, Kylie. I have thought about it since doing a barista course some years ago but I always thought I needed an expensive coffee roaster to do it.

      Yes you are right about the kids being more involved and of course about the satisfaction. I often wonder how ordinary this must have been in the olden days… There is so much that I still want to learn.

      I love tulips too, they are one of my favourite flowers.

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