Saving Money: Living Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget

Luxury and Saving Money Can Go Hand in Hand

My husband and I know a couple who we always assumed was rich. If you would have told us they spent a few hours a week thinking of how they could be saving money on everyday items, we’d have laughed at you. After all, this is the same couple who has their meals prepared for them and employs a housekeeper for 10 to 20 hours each week. Was I shocked to find out they make a total combined income of less (way less) than $100K per year.

How They Do It

How exactly does this couple, who is always thinking about saving money, afford such luxury extravagances? I’m about to let you in on the secret.

The Housekeeper

If you were to go to a service and have a housekeeper attend to your home for 10 to 20 hours per week, you’d likely end up spending $200 to $400 per week (maybe even more) depending on what service you used. However, the couple in question spends no more than $80 to 160 a week (depending on how many hours the housekeeper puts in).

The couple in question knew they needed a housekeeper. They both work more than full time hours and have kids, so the house would be a disaster if they didn’t. However, instead of going through an expensive agency, they put an ad in the paper and hired the housekeeper outright for $8 per hour.

Prepared Meals

Cooking? Not this couple. Even though they’re concerned with saving money, they have their meals prepared for them. Why? Because time is money too.

This couple uses a service called Dinner By Design (we’ve written about this company before). For less than $250, they get 12 nights worth of dinners already prepared for them (the family of 5). All they have to do is put it in the oven.

Not only is this convenient for the family, it’s also very, very healthy and it beats fast food anytime. In fact, all in all, the dinners at Dinner By Design cost this family less than if they ate out at McDonald’s.

Name Brads

Can’t afford Prada shoes or a Hugo Boss suit? Yes you can. You just need to know where to look. This couple wears only the best brands (as do their kids) and they buy almost all of their clothes and accessories at huge discounts: either on sale at stores with real sales that offer genuine designer clothes for a tiny fraction of the cost — or from legitimate sellers on eBay!

Remember, saving money doesn’t mean living like a pauper. There are fun, luxurious ways to save money too.