We’re all looking for ways to cut corners and save money, but sometimes it doesn’t pay to be thrifty and you need to purchase the ‘good stuff’. I will give examples of ways to save money and ways not to save money.
Ways To Save Money
Save money on paper towels and paper napkins by using washable dish towels and napkins. Good for your pocket book, good for the environment.
Purchase some plastic pump bottles (better yet, save plastic pump bottles from previous purchases) and then buy the large economy sizes of shampoo, hair conditioner, body wash, hand sanitizer, hand soap, etc. Fill the plastic pump bottles up as needed from the less expensive economy sized bottles that rarely come in a pump dispenser container and place where needed. Pump bottles are much easier to handle and you’ll be less likely to get too much of the product and you’ll save money by not wasting.
Buy everything in bulk when possible and divide items into smaller portions. Bulk sized meats, beans, pastas and the like are cheaper and will save money.
Save money buy purchasing products that do double-duty. Purchase skin moisturizers than contain sunscreen and tinted moisturizers for your face. You don’t need an arsenal of household cleaning products, just a few basic cleaning products will clean an entire house. Any product that can multi-task will save money.
Cut your dryer sheets in half to save money. You’ll still get soft, static-free clothes with a hint of fragrance.
Use coupons for as many of your purchases as possible and shop at grocery stores that offer double or triple coupons. Eat at home more often to save money over the cost f dining at a restaurant.
Ways Not To Save Money
Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be thrifty, like when you purchase bargain priced diapers to save money, but the bargain diapers don’t get your baby through the night. A screaming baby, wet bed and all that it entails at 3am is just not worth the few cents you saved on the bargain diapers.
Trash bags are not the item to try to save money on. You know what goes into those trash bags and you don’t want that all over your floor when the bargain priced trash bag breaks as you are heading towards the door.
Trying to save money by purchasing cheap batteries? Think about the items you put batteries in and when those items are used. The smoke detector only works in an emergency situation. You only need a flash light when there’s a power outage. Certain emergency type items like these need good, quality batteries so they will be ready for use in case of an emergency. You can save money by purchasing cheap batteries for toys and non-essential items, but don’t be thrifty when your life depends on it.
Don’t be thrifty when your car tires need replaced. Driving in the rain across a six lane interstate highway during rush hour on bald tires is an experience no one should have. Tires are the only thing between you and the road, purchase the best car tires possible.
Even when money is tight and we pinch every penny until it screams, sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be thrifty. Spending more money on an initial purchase that serves us better or lasts longer will save money in the long run.