Most of us struggle with frugality on a day to day basis. I know I’m no different. I may not have a “latte factor” that’s dragging me down, but one of my big weaknesses is food! I could easily eat out every meal, but my budget doesn’t stretch quite that far. Luckily, I think I more than balance out my spending on food with my more frugal habits.
Food – I love to eat out, whether it’s greasy takeaways or restaurant meals!
Travel – I rarely go on holidays, but don’t get me wrong – I wish I could. We usually manage a couple of days down at the snow every year, and the odd weekend road trip away. This year we also staycationed in hotels in the city twice (overnight), and I want to kickstart a travel fund so T and I can have a midwinter escape next year to a sunny Pacific island. (Tonga? Samoa? Whichever is the best deal at the time)
Hair – I wash and condition every single day. I have limp, greasy lifeless hair – this is not optional.
I don’t buy tupperware – I wash and reuse plastic takeaway containers
I don’t dye my hair, get manicures, or go to spas
I bring lunch almost every single day. That’s nothing to scoff at, either – I eat a lot!
I never buy clothing at full price. And I often shop secondhand.
I don’t drink coffee.
I’m a voracious reader, but I always use the library
I have a prepaid cell phone, which costs me a mere $20 a month.
I don’t tend to go to concerts or events (barring Cirque du Soleil earlier this year)
Confession: I sometimes water down our milk – after all, it’s almost 10 per cent of our total grocery budget and T goes through it like a baby on steroids.
What about you? Or do you think some of my frugal ways are just plain scroogey?
Photo / milki.c