I’ve noticed there are a lot of items that Mr. Money Monster and I just don’t buy. These little items add up to big savings over the course of a year or more.
Here’s a not all-inclusive list of items we ALWAYS live without…
New Cars: We have NEVER owned a new car. Even before we met each other, we never bought a new car. I can’t see this changing in the future, ever. It’s a sure fire way to flush a few thousand down the proverbial toilet the moment you leave the dealership. We currently have two vehicles and are seriously considering taking it down to one. One is paid for and the other has a balance of $7,000. Quite affordable, yet a huge frugal No-No! Geez, give us a break, we just started on this hardcore journey a few months ago. I think I remember reading somewhere that Rome wasn’t built in a day ;) How do all you Money Monsters handle transportation?
Cable: Mr. Money Monster and I cut the cord a few months ago and haven’t looked back. Mini Monster isn’t bombarded with the latest waste-your-money toy advertisement, and neither are we. And since we’re not a big sports family, Netflix covers our entertainment needs just fine. A win for everyone.
Tissues/Napkins/Paper Towels: Is it really necessary to purchase these items? I’m not an expert but I’d estimate that you could easily drop $5/week on said items. At $5/week, you’re dropping $260/year on paper. Yes, we do blow our noses. We just tend to use toilet paper for this :) This started because I absolutely hate clutter and am probably the biggest minimalist who ever lived. But, it just so happens that minimalism is married to frugality! Who knew. Thanks to my little neuroses, we don’t spend money on tissues, ever. Granted, it could be awkward offering a sniffling guest some TP to blow their nose, but, if they’re in our house, it’s a fair assumption that they know us well and wouldn’t care.
Napkins…use cloth. They’re classy and make you feel like you’re dining at a fancy restaurant. Enough said.
Okay, we do always have a roll of paper towels on hand for the unfortunate event of pet vomit (yuck). It happens. Otherwise, we use rags from the ghosts of clothing past to help us out in the cleaning department. Oh how I wish we had a cleaning department :)
Shaving Cream: Nope, you’re not gonna see it in our house. And Mr. MM shaves his head! We both use a good old fashioned bar of bath soap to lather up for our shaving needs. I started doing this when I ran out of shaving cream and realized it actually worked. I never looked back. When I met Mr. MM I realized he doesn’t waste his cash on shaving cream either. I knew we were a match! You should try it.
Soda and Juice: Again, we just don’t buy it unless we’re entertaining family or friends. We both grew up with less than most and having this stuff in the house wasn’t a daily thing. I grew up loving water and milk (preferably chocolate of course), and so did Mr. MM. We are perfectly fine doing the same thing now. They’re just not good for you anyway. Sometimes “Mammaw” (Mini Monster’s term of endearment for her grandmother) brings Mini Monster some juice boxes. They promptly sit in the refrigerator and go to waste, unless we have some kids come over for a play date.
Family Photos: Really? Is it really necessary to drop cash on these pictures with the change of every season? Don’t call me a curmudgeon, I like these pictures, but I would never pay a professional photographer to take them. Have a friend do it, or set the timer and take them yourself. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the standard poses. Just sit in the leaves and hold your children and act perfect. See…done. I guarantee you they WILL be Facebook worthy :)
Of course I could go on and on and on, but I’m fairly certain you don’t have time to read a 3,000 word post about our grocery list today. We’re always on the lookout to cut something from our shopping list. Got an idea? Share it!
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