I’m frugal, not a cheapskate, but there are some things I just won’t spend my money on any more. They may be cleverly marketed as essential, but I’m not buying it (or them)! I don’t miss them! Perhaps I will relax and shell out for some of the goods and services on this list in the future, but at the moment I am happy to do without and I don’t have any sense of deprivation.
Not buying it: Plug in air fresheners
Yuck! Indoor air pollution. Just open a window.
Not buying it: A tumble dryer
I don’t have a tumble dryer! I line dry everything outside in the summer. Winter in the UK can prove trickier for drying laundry, so I use a dehumidifier or a heated airer if I need to. Both are much cheaper to run than a dryer.
Not buying it: A cleaner
When I got married years ago and had more money than sense, I employed a cleaner for a few hours each week. I wish I had done my own cleaning and put the money in a high interest savings account!
Not buying it: A gardener
I love doing the garden. Fresh air and exercise – you can’t beat it for stress relief. Mr Shoestring is my head gardener and he doesn’t charge :).
Not buying it: A car wash
It really only takes 15 minutes to wash my little car so I save myself a tenner.
Not buying it: Hair colouring
I always do it myself. I invested in a little pot and brush and mix up half a pack of dye at a time. It costs about £2.50 tops. I even cut my own hair on occasion. This may be a bit extreme for some, but when I need to be super frugal that is what I will do.
Not buying it: Newspapers and magazines
You can get them online. I beg old ones from work colleagues to line the cat litter trays, though.
Not buying it: Branded goods (unless they are second hand)
I can’t afford to pay for a marketing campaign. Designer clothes really don’t appear to be better quality much of the time. I frequently pick them up second-hand and sometimes the quality seems quite shoddy.
Not buying it: Salon beauty treatments
I go for a DIY approach. For example, I don’t pay to get my nails done; I am a gardener so what would be the point? VERY occasionally I will go and get my eyebrows waxed at the local beauty college at just a few pounds, but generally I am a low maintenance kind of gal.
Not buying it: Gym membership
I have paid for expensive gym memberships in the past but now I just walk, do yoga and dig the veggie patch. I am pretty fit for a woman of a certain age…
We have learned some skills over the years and Mr S is particularly handy. However, if I had lots of extra cash….Doing your own DIY, as we did here, saves hundreds of pounds.
Not buying it: New furniture
I have purchased used items almost exclusively for many years. You can get quality items this way at a fraction of their purchase price new. We have also done a bit of up cycling on occasion, such as refurbishing this old garden bench. It was free!
Not buying it: Expensive moisturisers
I always use one as I have dry skin, but I haven’t found any difference between my £2 pot from Aldi and the expensive stuff they sell in department stores.
Not buying it: Furniture polish and cleaners
I use a mix of white vinegar and water, which does the job very effectively without nasty chemicals. For a lot of general cleaning I use this home made cleaner.
Not buying it: Pricy greetings cards
I am often stunned at the price of birthday cards, for example. £4 for a card that will end up in the recycling in a few days?? I have been known to make my own Moonpig type affair using print outs of photos, but when I don’t have time I pick them up in bulk from stores such as Home Bargains for 29p to 99p a card or at the boot sale even cheaper.
Are you not buying it? What do you refuse to buy as you think it is a total waste of money?