Do you enjoy saving a buck more than most people? Do you have a black belt in frugality? Are you a frugal living rock star?
Here are 25 surefire signs that you are embracing your cheap side.
How many things on this list apply to you?
- You take it as a personal challenge to see how long you can go without spending money. The game is even better if you have a spouse or friend with whom you can compete.
- You don’t let food go to waste. You have an ice cream tub in your freezer nearly full of odd bits of leftovers, awaiting their reincarnation into “leftover casserole” or “leftover soup”.
- It’s physically impossible for you to drive past an interesting-looking garbage pile at the curb during somebody else’s spring cleaning frenzy, much to the dismay of your children. (Although there’s always that one kid who’s excited to dig through the pile with you!)
- Your first stop at the grocery store is the “last day of sale” rack in each department. When you get home with your stash, you immediately set to freezing, dehydrating, or canning your inexpensive score.
- Your kid looks at a necklace or pair of earrings at the “cool” store and scoffs, “We could make this.” Then she puts it back and asks you to take her to the thrift store for items to disassemble for the supplies to make her own accessories.
- You don’t have cable. Your viewing, if you watch television at all, is done via an internet subscription service or even a rabbit ear antenna on top of the TV.
- A day of yard-saling is planned out like a rock concert world tour. You have a mapped route of at least a half dozen sales, a thermos full of coffee, a wallet full of small bills, and a list including measurements of all empty spaces in your home that need to be filled, kitchen items you are seeking, books your daughter wants to read, and upcoming birthdays. Your alarm is set the night before, a blueberry muffin is wrapped up and ready to go on the counter, and your comfy clothes are laid out.
- Furthermore, you go to yard sales and estate sales on the last day so that you can get the “I don’t want to move this junk back inside” price.
- Before throwing anything in the garbage you take a few seconds to ponder how it might be reused. Then, you either compost it, put it aside for a re-purpose, or turn it into a homemade “log” for your fire.
- If something breaks, you try to fix it. If it must be replaced or purchased, you always look for a used version first before doling out the money for a new one.
- You have a frugal repair survival kit with duct tape and all manner of thrifty fixes.
- Instead of spending money on Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers, you have an assortment of sour cream tubs and empty spaghetti sauce jars for storing food. Your kids know to mismatch the lids to indicate the container holds something other than its original contents.
- You know how to darn socks….and you do it.
- You have a special super-skinny rubber spatula earmarked just for getting the very last bit of whatever out of jars and bottles in the kitchen.
- You wash and re-use sandwich baggies, and you’ve even rigged up a little drying rack for them beside your sink.
- You are outraged at the idea of spending $18 on a jug of laundry detergent because you could make a year’s supply for that amount of money.
- You save up for things instead of buying them on credit.
- You have recently advised your child to cut off that teeny bit of mold on the brick of cheese because the other side is just fine.
- You don’t carve the Jack-o-Lanterns until the day before Halloween so that you can cook, puree, and can the pumpkin the day after Halloween.
- You have (and use) a clothesline. Year round. In fact, you know from personal experience that laundry dries even if it freezes first.
- You know how to repair a plastic clothes hamper by “welding it” with a bread tag and a hot glue gun.
- The dish soap beside your sink is actually 50% dish soap and 50% water. As is the hand soap, the shampoo, and the body wash in the bathroom.
- You can’t really understand how other moms spend hundreds of dollars on scrapbooking supplies when your scrapbooks filled with reclaimed do-dads look just as awesome for mere pennies.
- The concept of spending money on a meal kit with all your food pre-chopped up for you is as foreign to you as the concept of riding an ostrich around your yard.
- When you need to buy something, your first stop is always the thrift store before you head off to Walmart or Target.
Does the list above make you say, “It’s like Daisy knows me!!!”? What are some other signs that you might be a frugal living rock star? We’ll do a reader’s choice version soon!
Resources to help you get your “cheap” on:
- The Ultimate Guide to Frugal Living (Yep, shameless self-promotion)
- The Complete Tightwad Gazette (This is the classic book about frugality that set me on the path to being a Frugalite)
- New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home