“We should live well but not in luxury”
Seneca, “Moral letters”
What does truly make you happy? Seneca and the stoics thought that happiness resides easily in small things. Incidentally Benjamin Franklin many centuries later pointed out that more than in the big strikes of luck, that also may happen, happiness can be found in the little satisfactions or pleasures that life offers every single day. They were all rich guys. Seneca was very rich just like Franklin was. Therefore they lived well, but not in luxury. They knew what they wanted from life. They were able to focus on what was important. The ability to make money and save and constantly learn and grow was a consequence of their exceptional personality and discipline. They had clear in their mind what to pursue in life to be happy and useful to society and how to use wisely the ultimate asset : time.
How can be important the search for luxury if you already live well and intelligently use your time and money? Yes, time and money to live well. I would add that you will definitely not only live well but you will be better off without luxury, especially if you can’t totally afford it. Many miserable life have been lived in the pursuit of luxury. I find crazy to trade the chance of a good life to obtain luxury and use it to impress people that don’t love you. Try first to be loved by the ones that already love you because of you and not because of your luxury toys.