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My (wannabe) frugal life: 5 things I do.

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I thought for a bit of balance after my last post about 5 things I don’t do, I should point out the 5 very-not-frugal things that I do actually do that many in the PF world might frown upon.

1. We do pay a subscription fee for Spotify.

Before Spotify, the husband would purchase CDs. So Spotify is actually cheaper than CDs especially because our music taste ranges quite widely. We tried to just use free Spotify for a bit but the ads were very quickly grating on our nerves. I probably could have dealt with it but the husband doesn’t even like it when the hosts talk on radio. He wants pure music. As a musician myself, I do feel that I should be respecting my fellow musicians and paying for their hard work. We don’t pay for Netflix, thanks to a generous friend so this is the only subscription plan we have.

2. We do own a Thermomixย andย  an air-fryer.

We did think for an awfully long time about both. The Thermomix was thought about for around 5 years and the air-fryer about 4 years. We love to cook and cooking from scratch doesn’t faze us. We already had all these different gadgets that could technically do what a Thermomix could do. (Blender, food processor, kitchenaid, stove etc). So it wasn’t till we went through a few months where life got so hectic we couldn’t muster up the energy to cook and were eating crap just to survive that I told my husband “Let’s just get a demo done.” We have never looked back since.

Time is money, and the time saved by these two items in my kitchen have been tremendous. The plus side to it was that we got to declutter the kitchen of any gadgets that doubled up in functionality and we gained a whole heap of space back. Except the KitchenAid, I can’t let go of my KA. So yes, the investment is great, the price tag was questionable for what may look like a heated blender on the surface, but ultimately, it was the best investment I’ve made in my entire cooking life. (I’m not trying to sell it to you, I just love this darn thing so much.)

3. We do love gaming and our boardgame collection is terrifying.

We did up a database of all our boardgames recently for insurance purposes as some of what we have are limited editions and hard to obtain editions. The total value of all our boardgames made me fall off the chair. All I can say is, I am glad that we did majority of our collection building while we didn’t have our PF hat on, or this collection would never be here right now. We still purchase boardgames now but that doesn’t happen as a regular occurrence now because we are a lot more specific with what we want.

Let’s just say that we are quickly approaching the mid 100s in terms of number of boardgames and with boardgames averaging around $80 or so…. you do the maths.

We do have a console collection too and are also PC gamers, but nothing beats our boardgame collection.

4. We do love fine-dining, degustations and tasting menus, or good food in general.

Early in my PF life, I read somewhere that eating out was merely a social construct and that it was completely unnecessary, making it 100% wasteful while trying to pursur FIRE. I’m not sure I agree because I also believe that there is more to life than a single goal of FIRE.

Other than boardgames, we collect culinary experiences. How the food smells, taste, looks… these are all important to us. Where possible, we talk to chefs, to restaurant owners and learn what it is that they are trying to share with their food. This is probably the byproduct of when I ran a professional food blog but doing that really cultivated my love for culinary skill and good food.

We do fine-dining/degustations maybe once or twice a year as it is definitely a huge expense. We don’t have paired wines because we don’t really drink and certainly can’t drink that much. Our honeymoon to Italy was a food pilgrimage as much as it was for my love of ancient history. We tend to take cooking classes while we are in a new country and use things like bonappetour to meet locals to really get into the actual local fare instead of the touristy restaurants. Our biggest dream right now is to dine at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck. (We missed out on the ballot when it was here, sadface.) And if ever I needed just one reason for FIRE, being able to travel the world, discover and learn more about food would be that reason.

Anyways, I digress.

5. We do have a dryer and use it often.

Yes, I know the sun does an excellent job. I actually prefer the sun, but we are often not home to put clothes out, and I would rather not have clothes potentially getting rained on while we are out. I do what I can on the weekends, but my husband hates putting the washing out and insist on the dryer. I’m usually only home after 5pm which is when the washing gets done, so the dryer does come on more than I’d like.

We all have our vices and what is life without our little pleasures in life? Some of the things on this list does cost us big bucks. But as Strong Money Australia said, you need to weigh up what is worth trading your money/freedom for. And these are some of what we think is worth it, and are happy to trade our freedom for.


Your turn! What are your vices / habits that would make a PF blogger cringe?

8 thoughts on “My (wannabe) frugal life: 5 things I do.”

  1. I’m very ambivalent about fine dining. I think those rare, “magical” restaurants where the food is truly amazing are worth the money. However, I’ve found that, most of the time, well-known or trendy restaurants are more about hype and ambiance than good food. I usually find that the food at a good, local family restaurant is far better.

    1. I do agree! So many hype restaurants. Hence why I actually pick and choose my fine dining choices very carefully. Even so, I do run into a few ‘argh why did we choose to come here again?” type places. I think the type of food found in good local family restaurants are very different tho and I thoroughly enjoy eating there too. It just depends what you are after, and also personal taste. Thank you for commenting, do come back again!

  2. A good list. We currently just use the free Spotify. I have considered paying for it, but more so I could get it on my phone in the car… but then Poopsie reminds me I have a very low data plan so that wouldn’t work out. We quite often just forget to put music on at home, but we’re getting better at it and find we are using it a lot more.

    Last week we went to a French restaurant for the degustation menu. $208 later… but it was excellent and we loved it. We don’t do these types of things too often so we’re usually more than happy to do so. We didn’t do the wine match either. We are both total lightweights and would probably have trouble walking afterward. Thanks for the tip on the app! I have never heard of it but will definitely use it next time we travel.

    I try not to use the dryer but it actually has nothing to do with money. I find it batters my clothes quite a bit. I tend to buy rather expensive, sometimes delicate clothing, so I like to protect them. We do own one though but I actually can’t even remember the last time we used it.

    Really enjoyed reading this list!

    1. You can actually download the playlist to your phone so that you can play it offline and not using data at all with Spotify.

      Ooh which restaurant did you go to? I’m always keen to hear of good places for degustation and tasting menus all across Australia as we do travel to eat a fair bit too. I don’t use the dryer for my delicate clothes either so I do have quite a few racks to hang dry the delicates on.

  3. We don’t pay for Spotify yet, but I have plans to gift Mr. ETT a subscription for all your reasons above. I think it’s great value. While we pay for Netflix, we share with a family member. They pay for Stan so we use their second licence. I think this is great.

    “Our board game collection is the terrifying” ๐Ÿ˜ We have a few, but it’s mostly shared – we and our friends take turns buying them, so we’ve always got access to far more than we can play. Be honest now – how many do you regularly play? (I played Dark Souls board game for the first time on the weekend. Lots of fun!)

    Using the dryer: Mr. ETT would much rather do this than hang them out, but I am VERY insistent. We even have racks for hanging inside when it’s wet. The only time we would use the dryer is after an extended rain period, and/or for sheets and towels when it’s been raining too long.

    Things I do that aren’t FIRE? I buy garbage bags – I know LadyFIRE says that’s not what FIRE people do! Also, I still subscribe to 3 magazines. One is digital, so I’m happy to keep that. The other two I should get rid of, but I haven’t been able to make the cut yet.

  4. Thanks for the mention ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like going out to eat… IF it’s good food. There’s nothing that makes me angrier than going to a restaurant that charges you a squillion for average food you could easily make at home!

    So we tend to gravitate to the same place or two when we want to eat somewhere, because for me the risk is not worth it. Haha I like to stick with what works!

    Be careful of that thermomix. Hehe you know what can happen with those…

  5. We love Spotify, and not only that, they recently changed their subscription policy to allow students to get Spotify and Hulu for $4.99 (I think it was $4.99). It’s such a good deal!

  6. Great article, love the openness.
    I have been known to buy a $5 latte or two ๐Ÿ™‚
    Something else we spend a little too much money on is our kids birthday parties, however we believe we are creating lasting memories… hopefully not just spoiling them ๐Ÿ˜
    Oh and the odd craft beer ๐Ÿ™‚
    I will say however that the things above that we spend money on bring a little joy to our lives, which is what its all about right?

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