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Let’s set the record straight, I love to save money as much as the next person.
In fact I have written some pretty popular blog posts about saving money, living frugal and all the things we have given up to achieve our goals.
- 75 Super Frugal Living Tips To Cut Your Household Expenses
- 21 Things We Stopped Buying To Save Money
- Secret Must Haves Of A Frugal Home
But there are somethings I just won’t do or give up to save money.
For example, I won’t give up my daily cup of coffee or two. I will give up my daily coffee shop latte and opt for home brew. In fact I invested in a milk frother so that I can enjoy my latte’s at home.
I will not downsize to a single car household. My husband works 12-16 hour shifts in another city and the public transport in our area is not applicable. Between appointments, child activities, seeing family and friends and grocery runs I rely on having my own vehicle. I do however drive an older model fully paid for vehicle that we keep well maintained.
Have you heard about people who wash and reuse…
In fact I know people who wash and reuse plastic bags and honestly if it works for you great. But for our family and the amount of plastic sandwich bags we use per month, may be one or two it isn’t worth it for me to wash them and reuse them.
What about paper products?
I will give up daily use of napkins and paper towels, opting for reusable cloth napkins. I will NOT give up my toilet paper or facial tissues. Call it a germ thing or dollar for dollar, I will pay $5-$10 for a months supply of tissues and toilet paper. I do not have a problem spending that money.
Turn it off, power it down, cancel this, cancel that.
Millions of frugal people have cancelled their cable and opted for online streaming. Which is great! This is a great money saver. For our family we have a basic cable package and we do have a streaming package, combined they are still lower than some other plans.
Cancelling the landline and powering up your cell phone. The idea is great and it is a great money saver for some. We happen to live in an area with limited cell phone reception, we have young children and a home based business so having a landline works for us and we can validate the small monthly fee.
5 Things I Won’t Give Up Or Do To Save Money:
- I won’t give up my daily cup of coffee or two
- I won’t downsize to a single vehicle household
- I won’t wash and reuse plastic bags
- I will not give up toilet paper and facial tissues
- I won’t turn it all off
10 Things I Will Give Up To Save Money:
- Daily coffee shop runs
- Meals out twice a week
- A new car with monthly payments
- Premade, prepackaged pastries
- Monthly vacations
- Shopping, just to shop
- Magazines and apps I don’t need
- Costly family activities when we can opt for frugal fun
- Brand names
- A house that is too big for our needs
You being able to save money is important to me.
As you have read in this post there are certain things I will give up and not give up to save money. You may be different, you may give up the car and the coffee to save money. Everyone’s situation is different.
But I do want you to be able to live your dreams. Saving money and planning for your future is important. Do what works for you and your family.
Other money saving posts you may like:
- 75 Items You Can Freeze To Save Money
- Extreme Frugal Living At Its Best
- Girls Weekend 50 No Spend Fun Activities
- 7 Things We Stopped Doing To Save Money
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity