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Living the Hygge Life on a Budget
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Living the Hygge Life

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It appears that everything from interest rates to our weekly grocery bills has gone up faster than ever. But are we paying more for our happiness too? And if that's the case, what can we do to fix it?

While money can't guarantee happiness, not having enough of it can lead to a whole lot of stress, worry, and overall unhappiness. How can we make sure we're getting the most happiness for our hard-earned money?

Hygge is really all about this - embracing the good life without breaking the bank, finding joy in the simple things, and creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Even as the cost of living continues to go up, we all want to live our best lives, and hygge can be a key ingredient in that pursuit - without having to spend a ton of money. In fact, hygge is all about making the most of what you already have.

Here are six ways you can implement hygge into your life without breaking the bank.

Carve Out Time for Dinner with Family & Friends

Homemade dinners are cheaper, healthier and more hygge. For years, I've been pondering, how can we eat better, not only for the sake of nutrition but for the sake of happiness too?

There's a lot of evidence to back up the wellbeing benefits of having shared meals. Research has shown that gathering around the table with those closest to you can lead to higher grades for teens, a greater sense of belonging, improved communication skills, reduced obesity, and fewer depressive symptoms. In other words, the dinner table is the perfect spot to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of your loved ones. If you want tips on how to create hygge moments with food, check out this post I wrote. And if you need ideas on what to cook for your next gathering, check out Food Network, All Recipes and NYT Cooking.

Go After the Sun

We all know that in the world of real estate, it's all about 'location, location, location.' But when it comes to creating that cozy hygge home, it's more like 'lighting, lighting, lighting.

Bringing in natural light to your home or arranging your space to make the most of it can do wonders for your mood and your wallet - not to mention the planet! Try planning out your day based on the path of the sun. For instance, I always position my work desk right by the window where the morning sun shines in, and in the summer, I have dinner near a window where the setting sun pours in. It's all about embracing that natural light!

Candles: The Magic Makers

As a candle enthusiast, I must say that there is something truly magical about the flickering flame of a candle. For me, candles are not just a source of light, but they are a tool for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in any space.

Candles have been used for centuries to bring warmth and light into people's homes, and they have always held a special place in our hearts. From the calming scent of a lavender candle to the romantic glow of a candlelit dinner, the possibilities are endless.

Candles have a unique ability to transform a room into a warm and inviting space. The soft, warm glow of a candle is incredibly soothing and can create a calming atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after a long day.

Moreover, candles can evoke memories and emotions, making them a powerful tool for setting the mood. A candlelit dinner with a loved one can be incredibly romantic, while a scented candle can transport you back to a special moment in time.

Whether you prefer a classic unscented candle or a floral-scented candle, the magic of candles is undeniable and can elevate any room to the next level. Don't underestimate the power of small changes in your home - they can make a big difference in your mood.

Prepare for Spring with a Fully Stocked Home

A well-stocked pantry is essential for every home. When you have a variety of fresh produce and ingredients on hand, you can whip up delicious meals at home and avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store. Plus, stocking up on seasonal fruits and vegetables means you're supporting local farmers and respecting the natural cycle of the season.

Creating a small pantry for the spring also means appreciating the process of gathering and preparing fresh ingredients. And as you stock up your pantry, you can look forward to cozy nights in, enjoying the delicious results of your efforts. So, get ready to embrace the spring season and all it brings.

Need ideas for warm drinks and tasty snacks? Check out the Hygge Shop.

Hop on a Bicycle

If you're looking to live a more sustainable and hygge lifestyle, it's time to fall out of love with your car and hop on a bicycle instead. Cycling is not only a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it's also a wonderful way to get some fresh air and exercise. So why not dust off that old bike in your garage and take it for a spin around the block? You might just fall in love with the freedom and joy that comes with pedaling through your neighborhood.

Subscribe to Hygge Box

Subscribing to Hygge Box is the perfect way to bring some joy and comfort into your life. For less than $2 a day, the Hygge Box experience encourages you to slow down and take a moment for yourself. When you receive your box, take a deep breath, open it up, and read the card. Let yourself be transported to a place of relaxation and peace. Each box contains a carefully curated selection of products from around the world for you to taste, try, smell, touch, and explore. Whether it's a cozy blanket, a delicious tea, or a soothing candle, each item is designed to bring you joy and comfort. Be inspired and connect with yourself as you embrace the hygge lifestyle.