Tips to achieving a luxurious lifestyle

It all depends on how you define it

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CALGARY, AB, Feb 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ – According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, luxury is ‘choice or costly surroundings, possessions or food.’ But exactly what does ‘choice or costly’ mean to you? Do you think you have to spend a lot of money to live in luxury? There’s no doubt many people do.

The ‘luxury marketplace’, which sells prestige products with high price tags to the rich, and to those who want people to think they are rich, is booming. When I typed luxury items into my search engine over 72 million results popped up.

Browsing for your luxurious lifestyle

I clicked JamesEdition.com. This online market, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, claims to be the “world’s largest luxury marketplace’ with ‘more than 61,000 private jets, yachts, exotic cars, exclusive watches and luxury homes for sale from more than 2,000 trusted dealers around the world.’ It’s an eye-popping browse.

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Faux luxurious lifestyle

In the market for a $200,000.00 yacht? You can find it on JamesEdition.com, along with a $82,500.00 black leather purse – fancy people call purses ‘handbags’ – made from crocodile skins and finest Italian leather complementing delicate hardware encrusted with precious stones – in this case sapphires – ‘to create these timeless pieces.’

Looking for a new pet perch? You can pick up a custom-made Austrian pet sofa on Jamesedition.com. Can’t you just imagine your ‘best friend’ holding court atop velvet cushions in ‘elegant fawn, orange, turquoise, fuchsia, verdancy (green) or ‘intensive’ violet’, set on wooden frame covered in non-toxic urine resistant artificial leather in your choice of white, crème and chestnut? The price tag: 1,259.00 euros or about C$1,800.

No doubt about it, astronomical price tags abound in the so-called luxury marketplace, but an item’s price tag doesn’t mean it’s a genuine luxury. A genuine luxury is something special, something of quality, something you really want, something that makes your life better, and something you can afford.

A truly luxurious life is a debt free life.

Don’t be afraid to look for luxury in unusual places, including grungy shops with unpainted floors. That designer dress, handmade jewellery, antique desk, Danish coffee press, limited edition print, or genuine leather handbag (knock-offs don’t last) you have a hankering to buy may be gathering dust in your local liquidation outlet or your neighbourhood thrift shop.

I purchased my favourite 12-ounce cup coffee press for $4 from a thrift shop in a low-income part of town. That shabby little shop a block from the food bank often stocks high-end appliances, unused designer clothing, and racks of leather purses for less than $10.00 each.

But living luxuriously isn’t just about getting stuff.

Luxurious lifestyle isn’t the stuff you buy

Some luxuries – like picking berries along the river on a lazy Saturday, or playing with your kids after school, or just sitting by the fire reading a good book – do not a monetary price tag at all. Getting a third job won’t help you get closer to your spouse or write your novel. A fat bank account and a house full of expensive stuff will not make up for a missed opportunity to see the world or make a difference in others’ lives volunteering for a cause your really care about. And what’s the point of living in a gated community if you never get to sit in your living room because you’re too busy working to pay the mortgage?

In a pressure cooker world that leaves families scrambling to eat dinner at the same table, real luxury won’t be found in the stuff we can’t afford – or want others to think we can afford – to buy. The joy we find when we make memories with people who really matter to us the greatest luxury of all. As the German composer, Richard Wagner put it, “Joy is not in things; it is in us.”

Jane Harris-Zsovan offers her readers practical money advice for the real world. Jane is the author of Eugenics and the Firewall: Why Alberta’s UFA/Social Credit Legacy Matters to 21st Century Canadians.

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