Cutting Corners

July 29, 2009 at 12:34 PM (Pets, Saving Money, Simplifying Life)

Today’s post on I Will Teach You To Be Rich got me thinking about things that Ben and I don’t splurge on (and do splurge on).

Things we REFUSE to splurge on:

  • Toilet paper — If you come to our house, I’ll go ahead and warn you, we buy the cheap 1-ply toilet paper.
  • Cable TV — We have lived without cable for over a year now.  Do we miss it?  Yes, sometimes.  Do we miss paying the bill?  Heck no!
  • Utilities — Our house is a decent size and is over 20 years old (i.e., probably not the most energy efficient).  Our electricity and/or gas bill can easily be $300 if we aren’t strict about the thermostat.  Our house is cooler in the winter and hotter in the summer than we prefer, but it really isn’t that bad.

Things we DO splurge on:

  • Pet food and vet care —  We know we can buy cheaper dog food and probably even find a cheaper vet, but we haven’t and probably won’t.  We do use coupons though. 🙂
  • CFL light bulbs — We could easily buy cheaper light bulbs, but the cheap ones are worse for the environment and would end up costing us more in the long run.
  • Car maintenance — Ben and I are both fans of having our cars serviced at dealerships.  Some may criticize this belief, but it’s one that we stand by for multiple reasons.  We also purchase the best tires for our cars that we can afford.
  • Groceries — We don’t splurge a lot in this area but we do try to purchase healthier foods when possible (e.g., produce, organic) rather than buying the 99 cent boxes of macaroni and cheese that is ten times cheaper.

Of course these are just a few examples.  What do you refuse to splurge on and what things are important to you no matter the cost?

– Stephanie

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