Looking for cheap ways to bring hygge life into your home? Check out these inexpensive solutions.
It seems like everyone has talked about, Instagrammed, or at least tried bringing hygge into their daily lives. True, this isn’t a new concept. But guess what? Winter is upon us, and with months of cold weather looming large on the calendar, we’re all looking for some homey and cheerful vibes.
Hygge is a Danish way of life that involves keeping a cozy environment and appreciating the little things.
It’s easy to let hygge life fall into the category of consumerism, along with pumpkin spice, Christmas, and all things peppermint mocha. But before you dash off to Target to stock up on wool socks, blankets, and 15 new candles, remember that hygge is different.
It doesn’t require buying things. I like to think of hygge as an atmosphere of joy and peace.
You may be wondering if hygge is overrated or has been talked about too much. This might have been true before 2020. However, with a year unlike any other behind us, things have changed. There’s never been a better time to create a hygge atmosphere. And these budget-friendly ideas are sure to help anyone with their financial new year’s resolutions.
If you’ve researched this subject even a little, you know that this is a significant part of a hygge life. In fact, I’d say it’s the cornerstone. What’s cozier than a hot drink on a cold day? However, in the winter months, these are in high demand and can easily affect your budget if you continuously buy them.
Instead, buy tea and coffee in bulk and bring your own mug and creamer to work. That way, you aren’t burning a hole in your wallet every morning. Plus, I often find that my coffee tastes better when I make it myself. Take that, Starbucks!
It’s nice to carve out a space that you reserve for moments of hygge. But this can be done for cheap or even free. Most of us have some items around the house that we can use.
Bring in candles, blankets, and comfy furniture that you already have. Rearrange it in a new place. Sometimes a different room or setting can make all the difference.
If you don’t have anything that says “hygge” to you, thrift stores are a great place to find furniture. Shop around online for deals. You could even ask family or friends if they have any unwanted items that you can use, like throw blankets or candles. If something is just collecting dust in a closet, they’ll probably be happy to let you have it.
Soups and Stews
Feeling cold? Well, you save money by eating at home – fact – and it’s also not too tricky to make warm meals for dinner time. And thanks to modern conveniences, it has never been easier. You can buy seasoning packets for soup, or buy some ready-made and heat it up.
This is an essential part of hygge, from everything I’ve read. If sweets aren’t your thing, try a bread recipe. Remember that recipes on Pinterest are free! Sure, you may have to purchase a few ingredients, but it’s also just as likely that you already have the things you need in your kitchen.
Keep things like flour, sugar, oil, and eggs on hand, and buy the non-refrigerated items in bulk when they go on sale.
The Once a Month Hygge Buy
Yes, this article is about saving money while living your hygge dreams. However, splurging is an essential part of budgeting. Being able to save up for something special over time is half the fun of financial freedom.
You don’t have to do anything expensive. But once a month, try an activity or buy an item that you feel is hygge. Examples of items include a good cup of coffee or new slippers. An activity might be dinner with a friend or a wine tasting.
It’s good for our brains. We should all do this more. But isn’t it waaay more fun to read if your reading in a hygge atmosphere?
That means with blankets, a comfy chair, good lighting, and a warm drink. It’s productive and cozy. Budget tip: Read books from the library or swap with friends. Price? Zero.
Netflix, Disney Plus, YouTube?
It seems like this is what every hygge aesthetic picture is built upon, so I had to mention it. Watching TV, complete with popcorn and hot chocolate, and tons of pillows and blankets, is the perfect way to spend a couple hours.
YouTube is the free, budget-friendly option here. But Netflix, Disney Plus, or another streaming service, can be a good purchase. The monthly fees are not very high, and if you feel you’ll get a lot of value out of it, you might decide the cost is worth it.
Most of us already have one or more of these services, anyway. Which means it isn’t costing you anything extra to enjoy it. And remember, movies you already own on DVD or digital can be rewatched. Make it a game to view them all again. Chances are it’s been a while since you’ve seen them, so it can still be entertaining.
You can bring hygge into meditation or prayer time. Remember, it’s all about the atmosphere. Lighting some candles and grabbing a journal to jot down thoughts is a nice way to keep those moments cozy.
Take Time to Breathe
Similar to meditation, sometimes just the act of being can promote a hygge life. Whether you’re looking out a window, sitting down after a long day, or just appreciating the moment, don’t forget to let the little moments be part of your everyday life.
Hygge can become part of our every day, especially this January. And it doesn’t have to cost anything, either. Remember to use what you already have, bargain hunt, and know that the goal is to keep your home and life comfortable and calming.