You see, one of the greatest challenges of living a lifestyle of financial freedom is determining the exact value of personal appearance. How does one balance a desire for less expensive clothing and personal care items with the expectations of the culture that enables their income and personal lives?
On the one hand, many people who overspend are focused heavily on impressing others with their appearance, often buying clothing and technology items in order to boost their appearance of affluence. On the other hand, a polished personal appearance is often vital to a person’s public persona, to their workplace situation, and also to their self-image and confidence. Plus, a well-dressed appearance pays other financial benefits as well by creating a more positive general impression of you in the community. Others will have a higher opinion of you and you’ll subtly find yourself in better financial situations.
For me personally, this was a tricky balance, but it was one that I managed to figure out over time. The key was to make sure that I leveraged every inexpensive trick that I had, while also maximizing the utility of the expensive items.
While I am not a beauty therapist, the economics of looking great can be so rewarding. Here are some tips on how to maximize the value of your personal appearance. Take special care in cleaning yourself. I don’t mean buy expensive shampoos or such things; I simply mean take a few extra minutes to cleanse yourself thoroughly each morning. Use underarm deodorant as well. Cleaning yourself properly is the most valuable aspect of your personal appearance and it is also the least expensive, as there’s really no need for expensive shampoos or soaps in most cases.
Practice strong oral hygiene and use a strong mouthwash. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and go for teeth cleaning at the dentist every 6 months; your breath is a key part of your appearance. The “cover up” items such as ‘chewing gum’ often only work for a short while. It’s much better for your appearance to make sure your mouth is not foul-smelling.
Use a fragrance that smells good to you every day. I only use a deodorant myself due to my allergy to strong smells. But my deodorant lasts all day usually. Once in a while, I do apply some mild perfume. I consider fragrances to be a worthwhile gift for your beloved ones – so long they don’t get the impression they smell bad.
Buy only clothes that go well with the majority of other clothes in your wardrobe. This means buy high quality, but stick to the basics. Dark coloured trousers go with any shirt.
Each of these tips enable you to maintain a strong personal appearance while also minimizing the impact on your pocketbook; while everyone else is buying clothes by the ton and gossiping in the office, you can maintain a smile on your face and cash in your wallet.
Have a blessed weekend!