While it’s been well documented that women have been cutting back on everything from clothing to grocery bills in the current economy, a new survey suggests that giving up some everyday luxuries may be out of the question. The survey(1), conducted on behalf of Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection, a new sophisticated line of body mists and matching anti-perspirants, revealed that nearly two out of three (63 percent) women feel forced to make some tough choices and give up the small things that make them happy when money is tight. However, there are some indulgences women refuse to go without.  According to the Degree Women survey, it’s the small indulgences that are non-negotiable. At 40 percent, chocolate tops the list of must-haves women do not want to sacrifice, followed by their morning coffee or latte (35 percent). And although women have trouble forgoing chocolate cravings, it’s beauty that trumps all. Nearly six in ten women (56 percent) would give up their sweet treats to be able to afford their favorite beauty products and nearly seven in ten (66 percent) women would rather give up their favorite heels before giving up their favorite fragrance.  Additionally, women say they will go the extra mile for $100 to splurge on something fun, including more than half willing to wear “granny panties” (54 percent), half giving up sex for two weeks (49 percent), almost half going without shaving their armpits (42 percent) and even a small group of women would go so far as to kiss a friend’s ex-boyfriend (18 percent)!  To help women find ways to have it all – without losing a best friend or subjecting themselves to unattractive unmentionables – the new Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection is partnering with actress and fashion guru Lindsay Price, star of NBC’s acclaimed series “Lipstick Jungle.” Price is spilling her secrets on savvy cost-cutting techniques and when to give in to the urge to splurge on  http://www.degreewomen.com.  In addition, Degree Women will make an in-kind donation to Dress for Success, an international non-profit organization that provides professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help disadvantaged women thrive in work and in life. The donation will help promote economic independence and make a lasting impact on women nationwide.

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