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In a Tough Economy, What's the Last Treat to Go?

In a Tough Economy, What's the Last Treat to Go?

No matter what you call the current economic crisis — and Savvy has some suggestions for that — it's clear that personal budgets are tighter than they have been in decades. In some cases, people are being forced to sell their luxury possessions to pay for necessities. An article in yesterday's Washington Post examines this sad phenomenon, which echoes what happened in the Great Depression.

Fortunately, the current crisis isn't as bad as that of the 1930s. But back then, one of the last things to go for women was lipstick. "It was not particularly expensive, but it was a prized possession," Jeremy E. Adamson, director for collections and services at the Library of Congress, tells the Post. "You feel bad anyway, but you make yourself look a little bit better. It says, 'I care about myself.' Those little things are terribly important."

While there are other things I'd choose to keep over beauty goodies, it's true that little luxuries can often keep us in good spirits. Within the beauty realm, you can take my lipstick, my nail polish . . . but if the financial poop really hits the fan, I'll be hoarding my sunblock. If you had to give up beauty luxuries, what would be the last thing to go?


Allytta Allytta 8 years
moisturizer probably, and toothpaste. i'm not into that baking soda thing at all.
koreansugar koreansugar 8 years
my lavender baby oil. it keeps my skin looking healthy and moisturized.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Good skincare. I couldn't live without good skincare products. Not necassarily the expensive kind but some Avon products I have to have. I also am vowing now to not go without eyebrow waxing because I tend to look like Bert when I do.
luna08 luna08 8 years
SPF moisturizer and eye cream. You only get one skin!
shalee55 shalee55 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
My MAC brow pencil for sure.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
my'll have to rip that out of my cold, dead hand.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
my Bare Escentuals foundation
Gwen-G Gwen-G 8 years
Mascara I think
LilLucyT21 LilLucyT21 8 years
First thing to go would definitly be the hairdresser, waxing visits; the last thing, vaseline, mosituriser, mascara!
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
I'm tempted to say my lip balm doesn't count because it is not a treat but a necessity!! :( But yes, that and lipstick.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Take away my foundation, deep conditioners and Lush proucts. The last things I would get rid of is my moisturiser, eyeliner and lip balm. I can't live without those three.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Bare Minerals would be the last to go for me!
sillyone06 sillyone06 8 years
General face wash from the Body Shop. And lotion. My skin has dramatically improved with it. I don't think i can do without it now.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
oh it would be a hard choice between my Tarte, Korres or Diorshow mascara and Chapstick. either one would be a serious sacrifice for me.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I definitely cannot live without foundation - I just don't have the skin to go without it! And lip balm. Other than that I guess I could go without the rest (although I'd be sad...I'm a beauty product junkie!!)
lbirk lbirk 8 years
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Jello-Wanabe Jello-Wanabe 8 years
I am not be going to a spa or to have as many hair appointments, as for daily regiment products I am not going to cut on that. Luckly, I work in the beauty industry so I get a lot of freebies.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
I've stocked up on enough stuff to last me awhile, so it's going to be about 6 months- to a year before I buy more. I can do all the salon services myself, and my mom always asks for me to do her hair anyway.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
Sunblock of course, that's a no-brainer! But I also have to have nail polish, I'm a nail polish fiend!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
If we're talking treatments too, then eyebrow waxing !
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
hmm.. its a hard question! defenitely moisturizer and gloss/lipbalm are must haves. i hope the economy never gets so bad that we need to actually choose!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I couldn;t do w/o my Chapstik - sorry or at least some Vaseline or my hair care products or my hair would by a hot nappy mess - yikes!
emalove emalove 8 years
I agree about some kind of lip balm or lips get dry so easily, and it would drive me nuts to be without something! Also, mascara is another beauty product that would be tough to live without.
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