I’m frugal, not a cheapskate, but there are some things I just won’t spend my money on any more. 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.
1. Plug in air fresheners
Yuck! Indoor air pollution. Just open a window.
2. 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.
3. 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!
4. A gardener
I love doing the garden. Fresh air and exercise – you can’t beat it for stress relief.
5. A car wash
It really only takes 15 minutes to wash my little car so I save myself a tenner.
6. 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.
7. Newspapers and magazines
You can get them online. I do beg old ones from work colleagues to line the cat litter trays though.
8. 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.
9. Salon beauty treatments
I go for a DIY approach. I don’t pay to get my nails done. I am a gardener so what would be the point?
10. Gym membership
I have done this in the past but now I just walk, do yoga and dig the veggie patch.
11. Painting and decorating
We have learned some skills over the years and Mr S is particularly handy. However, if I had lots of extra cash….
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Furniture polish
I use a mix of white vinegar and water, which does the job very effectively without nasty chemicals.
15. Pricey 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.
What do you refuse to buy?