If you google “Cheap vs. Frugal” it returns 1.5 million results. Clearly, lots of people have thought about it. I draw the line at health and safety. I believe in working smoke/ CO detectors, car seats, safe tires… you get the idea. Everything else is fair game, provided it is legal.
I admit that others might think I cross the frugal/cheap with some of my tactics.
My Top 10 Frugal Confessions
1. I have not set foot inside a hair salon in 18 years. My kids have never had their hair cut at a barber or salon. It’s not what you think. I have a professional stylist in my family and they do it for free (or in exchange for dinner.) I honestly would not know what to do at a salon. One day I will take the plunge.
2. I have never had a professional mani-pedi. I can do a pretty good job myself. If my feet need a little attention, I see a Chiropodist because it’s covered by our health plan.
3. I am obsessed with saving $ in the laundry room. I will perform crazy calculations to limit dryer use the absolute minimum.
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4. I don’t have a smart phone. I have a stupid phone. It is so small it is almost impossible to text – but it makes phone calls and the GPS works well. I can’t bring myself to buy a decent phone. People make fun of my phone.
5. I make my own glass cleaner: dribble of ammonia + water + blue food coloring and mascara remover: unscented, hypoallergenic baby oil and water. This winter I am going to experiment with making my own windshield fluid.
6. My vacuum cleaner is held together by duct tape. So are a number of other things in my house. To quote Jeff Foxworthy, “If it ain’t broke, it ain’t ours.”
7. My car has rust spots that have developed rust. The brakes work just fine though.
8. I save the metal in our house and scrap it for money, including that used lasagna pan from dinner tonight.
9. I pack our chest freezer full of plastic soda/pop bottles, filled with water, so that it is always full, is safe-ish during power outages and uses less electricity.
10. I have a part-time dog. She lives with me six months of the year. A frugal way to save on pet costs. It’s a long story, maybe I will blog about it one day. I miss her like crazy when she is not here.
So that’s it. Shocking? Boring? Standard frugal fare? I don’t know.
In closing, I wanted to share a montage I found on YouTube. I strongly suspect that the writers from the show The Middle have based the character of Sue Heck on me. Hey, maybe I could go after some royalties? If your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, well this is what I might see. Enjoy!
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