The Last Luxury

by Shawanda Greene

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If you had to choose only one luxury, what would it be? That’s the question I’d like answered. I’ve given serious thought to what my only nonessential expense would be. Don’t ask me why this is important. Maybe I’m just curious to know how low my expenses can go.

It’s kind of like when you trick or treated as a kid. Remember that stingy neighbor that only allowed each child one, single, solitary treat? You know the type of heartless individual that would force you to make such a monumental decision in a matter of seconds? I’m asking you to be that person. Except, you can take as long as you like to identify the one luxury you cannot live without. (Figuratively speaking, of course.)

Here’s how my thought process went. So, I need food, water, electricity, shelter, medication, health insurance, transportation, toiletries, and clothing. The first seven items are essential for survival and the last two vital to gain acceptance in society.

I almost hastily chose either lip balm or petroleum jelly as my one luxury. I have a bit of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) when it comes to moisturizing my lips. Putting lip balm in the toiletries category solves that problem. It’s a necessity.

Moving on.

My other expenses include cellular phone service, internet, car insurance, gas, gym membership, and professional hair care. From here, the elimination process is simple. The only two expenses worthy of further consideration, are cellular phone service and internet.

Now things are getting difficult. I don’t even want to envision too long what my life would be like if I didn’t have a cell phone or internet. I’m afraid of how my body will react at the thought.

Things are looking pretty good for the cell phone. I frequently talk on the phone to past the time. Especially when driving since I can’t read or surf the internet while doing so.

The alternative to using internet at home is using free internet at the library, Barnes & Noble (currently for AT&T customers only), McDonald’s, Starbucks, Panera, and er, work. However, I like the freedom and flexibility of having 24/7 home access.

I love both services too much. Perhaps, if it came down to it, I could eat every other day. I actually don’t have the willpower for that.

There’s internet access on my cell phone. Then again, the data plan is a separate charge on my phone bill. The rules are a little fuzzy, but I probably should classify the data plan as a luxury.

But wait. A phone is a necessity, and I don’t have a home phone. I could cancel the data plan on my iPhone and keep the internet at home! Problem solved! Win/Win.

Moving on….

Decide yet? What would be your last luxury?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg Marshall August 4, 2009 at 2:22 AM

My last luxury would be coffee at starbucks the caramel machiato if that is how you spell it lol. I love it while thinking about my gameplan for the day on how I can improve that is definitely my luxury lol.


Kaizan August 4, 2009 at 7:08 AM

My last luxury is my phone. It’s got everything I need, email, internet (though its a bit fiddly) phone, games, movies, music…all in one place.


Carla August 4, 2009 at 3:09 PM

My car.

I know cars can be a waste if you live in an are where it isnt 100% necessary, but our car does make my life a little easier. Not being able to ride bikes (aside from a stationary one), and public transit that sucks will keep me attached for the time being.


broderick August 12, 2009 at 2:45 PM

By not drinking redbull energy drinks every day
I have saved $ 300 in the past 2 mos ..considering i was drinking 2 to 3 each day prior to me stopping the addiction


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