Let’s not kid ourselves. These aren’t really frugal tips, these are just things I don’t do. I say ‘wannabe’ because I’m getting there. I’m still very much learning and I don’t think I’m truly a frugal person yet. I’m not posting this to brag about it either, nor am I saying you need to follow them. It may be different for you – so if you have different things you don’t do that the average person does – let’s hear it!
1. We don’t go to the movies.
Movie tickets are expensive. When we were students and we could combine student prices with cheap Tuesdays, that was the best! Not too long ago, tickets were around $15 – $20 each, but prices have dropped since to about $10 per ticket. But right now, even at $10 that’s still quite pricey if you end up watching movies often. Because it’s not just the expense of the movie. Depending where you go, there’s the cost of parking, and if the timing doesn’t work out right, you sometimes end up having to eat out. We don’t do popcorns or choc tops anyways but it still adds up. Netflix is cheaper!
2. We don’t spend money at typical neighbourhood takeaway shops.
Nothing wrong with the neighbourhood mom and pop shops that sell fish and chips, takeaway burgers, roast chicken and the like. But we have always employed the belief that if we are eating out, we want to be eating for the purpose of exploration, appreciation and passion. Especially now that we are down to one eat-out a week, that eat-out tends to be much more thought out and planned rather than a quick stop over at the local takeaway shops. By not doing so, it also takes away that temptation for an ‘easy dinner’ and forces us to stick to our meal planning.
3. We don’t buy things we can make ourselves (in the kitchen).
So things like dips, hummus and the like – we don’t buy it from the supermarket. Sometimes we even make our own cheese. We make our own nut milks and soy milk too. The exception to this would be Villi’s pies because we actually really like their pies and I draw the line at pastry. We can make our own pastry too but that often requires way too much time / forward planning and we don’t normally have time for this on the weekdays.
We’ve even made our own mayo, tartare sauce, pesto etc. Having a food processor was helpful for that, but as time got tighter and work got more hectic, it was actually the Thermomix that helped us stay true to this. I know many huff and puff about how it is an expensive white elephant, but it truly has been a blessing in our household. I will blog about it sometime down the road too.
4. We don’t buy lotto tickets (or gamble in any way or form).
I know people say you have to be in it to win it but I also feel like gambling or buying lotto tickets is tossing a money down a black hole. I don’t like having no guarantee on winning so we don’t partake in it. The advertisements screaming out how much the jackpot is don’t bother me and I don’t find myself consume with envy for the winners.
The only thing I am considering is the Hospital Research Home Lottery though. It is a fantastic way to donate to medical research and if you win something from it as a result, sure! What are your thoughts on this?
5. We don’t upgrade to the latest technology.
IphoneX? What iphonex? For people who really love their tech, we actually don’t upgrade our technology hardware the minute we can. We don’t chase the latest craze and certainly are not apple fanboys in the house. Between the both of us, we have 2 PCs, 1 iMac, and 2 laptops. Which is actually too much, but the 2 laptops are work laptops (both mine). Well, one of them was a work laptop – it’s now so terrible at doing anything that it has been relegated to the TV as a media player. The iMac is so old it is pretty much a pretty shell that hides in a cupboard too. The husband uses his phone till every single button breaks and I use mine till it won’t turn on anymore. We just don’t see the point of upgrading – these darn things are expensive enough without buying a new one every year. While we do have every single 7th generation console, beyond the PS4 we haven’t upgraded anything else.
Now it’s your turn – what are the things you don’t do around your household?