Are There Any Money Saving Ideas You Refuse to Consider?
There are times in all our lives when we are broke or feel it and need to look for money saving ideas we can incorporate into our budgets.
The more broke you feel the more you look to save your money. But where is your cut off point? Beyond which you refuse to go?
When you have a limited pot of money it’s natural to want to make it go as far as possible. Identifying things that you could give up or do without is one way to save your money. But what would you give up?
We could have given up more if we had to or if we had chosen to. But there are times when you say to yourself, nope, that is a money saving idea I refuse to do.
And everyone is different. I know that the idea of giving up eating out every week is a complete no-no for some people whereas that was an easy way to save for us
We didn’t give up buying alcohol, yet perhaps you would drop that in a flash.
What saving tips works for you might not work for someone else. And you may well try dropping things to find out later that actually, no, it’s not something you wish to cut out completely.
It is often trial and error as to what will work for you but to give you a head start here are the money saving ideas that we refused to do.
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Money Saving Ideas –11 Things We Refuse To Do
We have 2 vehicles which we both use to get to work each day. There have been times when I have needed my car because my offices have been miles away in areas where there is no public transport.
But for the past 3 years I have worked 5 miles from home. It’s only 5 miles so in theory I could cycle there without breaking a sweat. Except there is a massive hill at the end of the journey.
Which means I’d have to tackle it every evening after a very long day at work. It’s not a small hill, it’s the hill that takes you down to sea level (I’m near the coast) so think sea cliff size. Very, very few cyclists get up it.
Still an excuse I know, if I was truly frugal I’d cycle/walk that hill. There is a bus I could jump on which would get me to work in about 30-40 minutes. But I drive instead and it takes me 15 minutes.
If we were really broke I could do without that car. But having the car makes my life easier. I can get to and from work whenever I want.
I can go and see DD1 and the grandbabies easily (10 miles away). I can get out in the evenings (buses stop at 9pm) and get to places that the bus doesn’t visit. Some of these I could cycle to but not all.
Rice and Beans Diet
Your grocery bill could be high or it could be low. It all depends on what you eat and how much you eat. If you are on a really tight budget you could eat rice and beans every day.
This is one money saving idea that could save you hundreds. But there is no way I could eat the same foods every day, week in week out.
Mr2p doesn’t even like the same type of food two days running so rice and beans more than once, for him, is a complete no-no. I can and do eat the same lunch when at work.
I do this to save time and because I deem myself lazy. Much easier to not have to think about different lunches as well as everything else when I am shopping.
However I can eat the same lunch because I know I’ll be eating something different and scrumptious for dinner. I look forward to my dinner every day because I keep my lunches simple.
Do Without the Heating
I’m all for lowering your utility bills where possible and I gave up using a tumble dryer a long time ago. But doing without central heating in the winter is a frugal step too far for me.
Some people keep their houses at a wintry 12c but that is coat and hat temperature for me.
I challenge myself to keep the heating off until the 1st of November every year which is very much dependent on whether October is frosty or not. Once the thermostat shows 16c I give in.
I am not prepared to wear hats, coats and scarves in the house to keep warm. One of my money saving ideas which I still use today is to have a blanket which I snuggle under most evenings in the winter.
This frugal habit helps keep the heating bill down but doing without altogether is not happening in the Tuppenny household!
Give Up Holidays
When money is tight the annual expense of a family holiday can seem like an easy win if you cut it out. But often that holiday is your one chance to get away from all the stresses of life, of living on a budget and fully relax.
You won’t be able to relax if you are going into debt to pay for that holiday yet not going on holiday isn’t necessarily relaxing either. We tried not having a holiday away but only lasted one year.
Problem was we couldn’t afford a holiday abroad. The flights and accommodation for 4 people during school holidays are super expensive.
We saved money by camping in the UK on the cheaper camp-sites which didn’t have a huge range of facilities. We cooked for ourselves most nights rather than eating out whilst on holiday and looked for free things to do.
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Beige/Processed Food As Our Staple Diet
Your grocery budget is one area that you can make some big savings. We keep our grocery bill down by buying carefully. But I know we could get it lower if we ate different foods.
White bread, white pasta, white rice are all cheaper than the wholemeal equivalent. Vegetables are more expensive than processed beige food.
But a wholesome diet is key to good health. Saving money at the expense of our health is not something we are prepared to do.
We are not perfect, our diet is probably 80-90% healthy but it would be much less so if we dropped the veg in favour of a cheaper, carb laden, processed alternative.
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Some people swear by the ‘no-poo’ scenario for their hair. I understand the principle that after so many weeks/months your hair sorts itself out and is shiny and gleaming. But I cannot go through those weeks/months of waiting.
Until recently I worked in a position of authority with the public every day. I couldn’t take myself seriously if I was presenting myself with greasy, dirty hair so how would the public have felt?
I applaud those who get through the waiting phase but it is not for me. A daily hair wash for me, with shampoo.
Using soap in my daily shower makes me feel clean. I don’t need a huge lather, just enough to wash quickly, given my showers are always cold. Yet some people swear by skin brushing and water as all you need to clean your body.
I accept that our skin may very well only need water and a brush/scrub but mentally this doesn’t feel right to me. Soap bars are pretty darn cheap so this is one money saving idea I have not embraced.
Intentionally Forget to Pay Back Money
I’ve borrowed money from family when I was younger and didn’t have a rainy day fund to help pay for an unexpected emergency.
But I kept a note of what I borrowed and how much I owed and could always recite the latest figure if asked. To the point where my parents didn’t keep the tally, I did because they knew I would.
I couldn’t put my family in the position of being on the back foot and having to ask for their own money just because they were kind enough to lend it to me when I asked.
There are plenty of money saving ideas but this is not one of them in my book.
Just because I am always looking for ways to save money doesn’t mean I am not going to give wedding gifts or contribute to colleagues leaving presents.
Especially where they have contributed to gifts for me in the past. This is an area where you can save your money by identifying what your budget will be and sticking with it.
You can reduce your gift giving by agreeing with family who you will buy for and what the budget is in advance.
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Not Returning Favours
I think we probably all have that one friend who never seems to pay their share of the bill. Who always orders an extra starter and the most expensive main but then wants to split the bill equally.
Or who always has to leave early just as it’s their turn to buy a round of drinks. This isn’t a money saving idea, it’s being cheap at the expense of others.
It means others end up paying more just so that person can save a few quid. Not something I am prepared to do at all.
Cheapest Toilet Roll
Confession – I did actually buy the cheapest toilet roll when we were looking at money saving ideas to help pay our mortgage off. And yes it did save money and yes we did do it for a short while.
But no, I couldn’t keep it up. The cheapest toilet paper is just too thin and too rough. I’m not looking for a full on cushion experience when I go to the loo. But I do want an element of comfort!
So although we did save money by buying the cheapest, we stopped buying it and would never go back.