12 Money Saving Things I Don’t Do
I realize that as a frugal blogger who posts about things like our $200/mo. grocery budget, how we save money on meat, and the way I stocked up on name brand diapers for less than $5/pack it could start to seem like I must never do things that aren’t frugal. And while I admit I could be called a frugal geek there are some things that are definitely frugal that I don’t do. Just for fun, here are 12 money saving things I don’t do:
1. Take Short Showers
Not only do I like to take long showers I like my shower to be hot. Not warm, but HOT. In fact, it’s my favorite way to wind down at the end of a long day.
2. Use the Cheapest Brand of Mayo
Even though I know that not being a brand snob is an easy way to save money, I just can’t give up Kraft mayo. My husband thinks I’m silly and I’ll actually buy cheaper brands and use them for him but personally I do not care for the taste of other mayonnaise. In my defense, I do try to watch for deals on the Kraft brand so I don’t have to pay full price.
3. Use Cloth Napkins
Even some of my “non-frugal” friends do this one, but for some reason it just annoys me to think of having to wash napkins. So I just purchase the cheapest ones I can find and enjoy the little splurge.
4. Shop For My Clothing Second Hand
I buy almost all of the our children’s clothing second hand and we even buy some of my husband’s stuff used as well. But I rarely buy any of my clothing used. It’s not that I have an issue wearing new-to-me clothing but I hate digging through clothing racks at consignment stores. To me it is just overwhelming and honestly, the times that I have done it I have rarely found a thing. So I stick to shopping sales at other stores and try to combine coupons with those sale when possible.
5. Use Only Cold Water for Laundry
I do this for some of my laundry but for some things I just like the idea of using hot water.
6. Use Disposable Nursing Pads
I should probably give these a try but honestly they sound annoying to me. It just seems like they’d always feel wet and gross and that just does not appeal at all!
7. Avoid Using Paper Plates and Cups
Funny thing is, I even have a dishwasher. But sometimes if we are having a bunch of people over it is still just easier to use disposable stuff.
8. Do My Own Dry Cleaning
We don’t often have things that need to be dry cleaned but when we do I take them to a cleaner. Those do-it-at-home dry cleaning kits scare me. Somehow I’m sure that I’d ruin whatever I was using it on.
9. Shred My Own Cheese
Often I can get blocks of cheese cheaper than shredded cheese so it would make sense for me to shred my own to save money, right? Well, guess what? Shredding cheese is one of those things that I absolutely hate doing. If I had a food processor or something that easily did it for me I would consider it. But using my little hand shredder is too much of a pain in my opinion and so that is one area I just am willing to spend a little more on for the convenience.
10. Walk When I Can
I live within walking distance of Rite Aid, Giant and our local farmer’s market. I do walk sometimes but more often than not the idea of walking with two children is enough to make me drive instead!
11. Avoid Using Paper Towels
I do typically use rags instead of paper towels but I do still use the occasional paper towel. Some jobs I just don’t like to use rags for.
12. Cloth Diaper
To be honest, I really wonder if it is less expensive to cloth diaper when I can find disposables as cheap as I do. We also have to buy our water and I would rarely be able to line dry my diapers which would also add to the expense. But even so, say that it really is cheaper, I just cannot quite bring myself to use cloth diapers. Wet diapers I think I could handle but poopy ones? Uh, well, that is a whole other story!
So, did anything on my list surprise you? What money-saving confessions do you have?