To start off here, it’s important to decide on some basic principles, a starting point if you will, to understand the balance that enables a fabulous and thrifty lifestyle. Feel free to disagree with me on this, but if there is one thing I am not willing to compromise on, it’s my body.
Our bodies are important. They enable us to get up in the morning, preform various tasks at work, and to participate in all activities the world has to offer. As such, it is equally important that we take care of ourselves. So, when it comes to being thrifty, we are not talking about skipping meals, avoiding showers, and throwing the gym out the window. Being thrifty is cutting out unnecessary expenses, not denying yourself what you need.
Second, in order to maintain the fabulous part of the equation, you have to be able to appreciate yourself in every form. I am a true believer that the way you portray yourself to the world is a reflection of how you feel on the inside. Spending money on yourself does not mean you are selfish or high-maintenance. It means simply that you are taking care of yourself in every capacity and you want the world to know that you are a force to be reckoned with. Trust me, in the long run this will save you lots of trouble.
Everyone has their thing. You know, the one guilty pleasure for the sake of beauty. I like to get manicures. Hands are something we use everyday in every capacity and we already take great care to wash them several times a day (or you should be). They are also one of the first things people notice. When you shake hands with a new boss or friend, when you hand a stack of papers to a co-worker at the office, when you hold the door open for someone. You use your hands more than you think you do and that’s why I spend my “Beauty Budget” on making sure that I have well-manicured finger nails. We will visit the beauty budget concept more later but just as an example, this is how I show the world that I take care of myself.
Once again, spending money is not about guilt or pleasure. It is a means to an end and that end is living your life in a fulfilling way. Find what matters and allow yourself that small beauty budget. As always, the little things are the big things.