Saving money is a passion of mine and all these snow days have given me more time at home. Instead of online shopping, I stayed inspired by watching TV shows on frugality, doing some online research, and reading many books.
After learning about all the creative ways a person can cut costs, I wouldn’t say that I’m a cheapskate. I just scrimp and save in some areas, so I can splurge in others.
Reuse and Borrow
We do reuse and borrow versus throwing away or buying. I suppose that some people might think it’s pretty miserly to rinse and reuse a plastic baggie, or to save packing peanuts. But it works for me. We also like to lend equipment amongst close and family members. We don’t all have to own our own tile cutter or a rotor router – it’s easier and cheaper to borrow from someone you trust.
Recycling – Including Rainwater and Kitchen Scraps
We are avid recyclers. Our town accepts all plastics, glass, metal, newspapers and other paper at the dump. It doesn’t seem like work to me. Honestly, my mother was a recycler and that’s just how I grew up. We have a rain barrel in our yard for watering the flowers and garden. We have a compost bin for our fruit and vegetable scraps, which is a really great fertilizer for our vegetable garden.. We have cut down our trash to about a bag a week.
The extra work saves us money on our water bill, fertilizer, and our trash bill. And, it makes me feel good.
The Thrill of a Great Bargain
Buying on sale is kind of a thrill. The new curtains we bought for the bedroom were on sale – plus we had a coupon! The curtains originally sold for $39.99 a panel. They were marked 75% off to $10 and we had a $5 off coupon. So they became $7.50 per panel. Trust me; I didn’t buy them for the price. We only bought them because we liked them and they would look great in the room. But getting them on sale with a coupon is a great feeling. It was a great find.
Where We Splurge
Yet there are things that we are not frugal about. If you have followed this newsletter, you know that we travel. It’s true that we are able to get great deals when we want them, but sometimes we want to travel at a peak time when the weather is great and the price is higher. We’re also not frugal on our food choices; we spend extra on grass fed meats, wild seafood and organic vegetables.
The Bottom Line
Bottom line is that you need to be comfortable with your choices. But if you are an over-spender (stay tuned for next week’s newsletter on overspending), you should try to find ways to cut costs on things that aren’t important to you so you can afford the things that are.
Tell us, what’s your favorite cost-cutting trick and your favorite splurge item.