The recession is taking a toll on everyone these days, leaving people worried about finding their next penny. But Black women especially are defying the odds by still spending their hard-earned dollars on life’s little luxuries.
ESSENCE.com hit the streets to ask our readers, even though money is tight, what’s the one indulgence you can’t do without. Keep clicking! You may be surprised to find out what they had to say.
“Oh my gosh! I feel guilty saying this but massages. I go once every three months and just splurge. I will pretty much still do it no matter what. It takes me away from the world for a little while and allows me to forget that things are a little tough right now.”
“Actually, there are these expensive pair of shoes that are really nice but cost around $1,100. I want them really badly. If I had $1,100 today, I would buy them. When you look nice you feel better about yourself.”
“I have to look good, so if I see something out there I want, I have to buy it no matter what the cost. I always try to budget for it. Plus, I always have to get my eyebrows done because I have to keep them looking groomed.”
“I’m still living the same way. I’m not going to stop living because of the current state of the economy. I feel like it’s going to get better maybe in about four or five years, but I’m still going to do what I do.”
“I would say traveling is my indulgence because it makes me happy. And I don’t miss out on deals because there are a lot less people traveling these days. The economy is going to eventually get better.”