So, what things will/won't you SPLURGE on?
Most everyone has a few things they just plain like and will spend more to get it. Sometimes by buying "better" it's more frugal, yes, but sometimes it's a case of "I like this brand so much better I'll pay more for it". And yes I do splurge on some things and I feel I make up for it in other savings.
-"Release" Foil: Boy does that work great for some things! And it's not much more expensive. I don't use it for everything though, but for the things that stick, it's great.
- Dish soap: Dawn and Joy are the only two I'll buy anymore. I can't tell the difference between the two and I question if there really is much if any difference. They both work so I don't care. I've really gotten to like the one with bleach alternative. It does seem to whiten some things that are stained. I can buy original formulas at Family Dollar cheap and with coupons and sales, can get the small bottles for about 50-75Â¢ bottle which is competitive.
- Water: Yes, I will buy bottled water. It tastes better and I drink more water this way. It's also VERY convenient to have handy, carry with when I go somewhere, leave in the vehicle so if I do make a fast food stop, I don't buy a $2 beverage and I have something handy when I have to take a pill.
- Coffee: I like Maxwell House Lite, but will go with Hills Bros Perfect Blend, Butter Nut or MJB if I can't get MH for the right price. I've thrown out and given away too many others. I found a few store brands that were good, but they don't have them anymore. I take a thermos with me so I never buy from MegaBucks or similar places. In fact, occasionally I'll have coffee at home and go out for breakfast and just have water. I'm coffee'd out by then and enjoy water with a meal. I drank water decades before it became "fashionable".
- Shower Gel & Liquid Soap: However, it's not much of a splurge since a $1 or less bottle of shower gel lasts a long time. For hand soap I use cheap dish soap.
- Pets: Yes, this is a splurge in many ways. But as Amy D. (can never remember how to spell her name) says in Tightwad Gazette, it's a quality of life issue. I got one cat that was a rescue. She was going to the vet for a final shot and a buddy asked me to take her and find a home. She was very traumatized and after a couple months here calmed down and is a joy to have around. Then a friend was moving and couldn't keep his cat. Well, OK. Two is definitely a luxury, but then again they entertain themselves and keep each other company when I'm gone. They do get lonely by themselves.
A few things others might buy that I don't:
- Contract cell phone: I go with prepaid. I think it's important to have a cell, but my limit is $5/mo.
-Cable/Satellite TV: There's just not enough on there that I can justify it. I dropped it several years ago and simply do not miss it. I use the internet for a lot of entertainment and broadcast has a lot of good shows, especially PBS.
-Broadband: For large downloads I'll wait until I'm at a motel or something and do it there, or I'll take the notebook with to the library if I need a huge DL. Usually I can wait for it and am in a motel (not Hotel) and do it there. And for normal surfing, broadband is not noticeably faster - only on downloads.
-New vehicles: I get by with a 13 year old van with 180,000 miles on it. Put money into it but still far cheaper than new.
That's what I think of off the top of my head. So, what are your "OKs" and "No Ways"?