Saturday, June 07, 2008

What Are Luxuries?

Some more info I got during my surfing...

It's amazing how many of us take objects & services for granted (and some even dare to call it a NECESSITY!). The list below is of LUXURIES which, according to the dictionary means

–noun
1.a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity: Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
2.free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being: a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
3.a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
4.a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
5.a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
6.Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
–adjective
7. of, pertaining to, or affording luxury: a luxury hotel.

The Luxuries List
  1. Alcohol (drowning your sorrows is not a necessity!)
  2. Beeper/Mobile Phone(s) (do you know there's a cute Nokia phone available for RM120?)
  3. Techie accessories (e.g. leather case for the PDA, phone, camera etc)
  4. Cable TV (Astro...)
  5. Club Dues (country club, gym etc.)
  6. Magazine Subscriptions
  7. Internet Service
  8. Smoking
  9. Impulse Shopping
  10. Eating Out
  11. Long Distance Calls
  12. Babysitters
  13. Branded baby or toddler paraphernalia (how long can the kid wear the Guess t-shirt anyway?)
  14. Landscaper/Gardener
  15. Regular facials and massages
  16. Junk food (e.g. crisps, cola, chocolate, peanuts)
  17. Manicures and pedicures
  18. Branded name facial products
  19. Branded name coffee, tea, donuts
Dee Westman has a succinct way of noting down what her needs are:

Food

Breakfast: Cereal (not bacon and eggs!)
Lunch: a sandwich (not a meal at a restaurant)
Supper: meat, vegetables and starch being either rice or potato (not a meal at a restaurant)

Clothes and shoes to wear (forget the name brands)

Shelter : A warm bed to sleep in. A roof over your head and a car to get to work.

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