Can you afford a husband? Well, can you? A lot of women do, and support them nicely on a small salary at that. And why not, if they want to? It may be an extravagance, but even periods of strict economy should include some extravagances if possible. The best-planned budgets are not those that are the most drably practical; they are the ones that give the budgeteers the best run for their money.
This effervescent guide to living well (without spending a fortune) was first published in 1937. An editor for Vogue, Marjorie Hillis wrote Orchids on Your Budget to show the modern woman how economizing could be done with gaiety and style. With snappy humor and sophisticated charm, Hillis's sage advice covers home decorating, assembling a chic wardrobe, preparing good food, and much more. Undeniably quaint, this clever classic also remains inspiringly practical and enormously fun-and not the kind of fun that is "dimmed by a forced making-the-best-of-it attitude, which spoils anything." (CH)