I realize that as a frugal blogger who writes about things like our $200/mo. grocery budget, how we paid off our mortgage in 5 years, and the way I stock up on name brand diapers for less than $5/pack it could start to seem like I never do things that aren’t money saving! And while I admit that saving money is something that seems to come more naturally for me than for a lot of people, there are definitely things that I do that aren’t super frugal! So, just for fun, here are 12 money saving things that I don’t do.
Frugal Mom Confessions: 12 Money Saving Things I Don’t Do
1. Take Short Showers
I rarely took long showers before I was a mom. But now? Well, they’re my favorite way to wind down at the end of a long day! And what’s probably even worse is that like the water to be really hot, too.
2. Use Cloth Napkins
Even some of my “non-frugal” friends do this one, but for some reason it just annoys me to think of having to wash napkins. So we stick with paper ones and I just purchase the cheapest ones I can find.
3. Shop For Clothing Second Hand
I buy a lot our children’s clothing second hand, but my husband and I rarely buy used clothing for ourselves. It’s not that we have an issue wearing new-to-us clothing, but we both just have a difficult time finding clothes that we love and that fits us well when we shop second hand. Plus, it doesn’t help that I find it overwhelming to dig through clothing racks at consignment stores. Maybe we’re simply too picky? At any rate, we both much prefer shopping sales at other stores and try to combine coupons with those sales when possible to still get great bargains.
4. Use Only Cold Water for Laundry
I do this for some of my laundry, but for things like towels and underwear I just like the idea of using hot water!
5. Use Disposable Nursing Pads
Because of the type of material that they are made from, it just seems like disposable nursing pad would always feel wet and gross, and that just does not appeal at all! But I do keep thinking I should give them a try once my baby is a bit older and I don’t need them as desperately. I’m sure they would save a nice amount of money!
6. Avoid Using Paper Plates and Cups
Funny thing is, I even have a dishwasher. But sometimes if we are having a bunch of people over it is still just easier to use disposable stuff.
7. Do My Own Dry Cleaning
We don’t often have things that need to be dry cleaned, but when we do, I take them to a cleaner. Those do-it-at-home dry cleaning kits scare me. Somehow I’m sure that I’d ruin whatever I was using it on!
8. Shred My Own Cheese
As strange as it might sound, shredding cheese is one of those things that I absolutely hate doing. If I had a food processor or something that easily did it for me, I might feel differently. But using my little hand shredder is too much of a pain in my opinion and so most of the time, I’m willing to spend a little bit more and buy bags of shredded cheese instead of shredding my own.
9. Walk When I Can
I live within walking distance of Rite Aid, Giant grocery store and our local farmer’s market. While I do walk sometimes, most of the time the idea of walking with three or four children is enough to make me drive instead!
10. Avoid Using Paper Towels
Most of the time I don’t mind saving money by using rags instead of paper towels. But I’ll be honest, there are still a few jobs that I just prefer pulling out the paper towels for!
11. Cloth Diaper
I can buy disposable diapers for pretty cheap, so I’ve often wondered if cloth diapering would really be that much less expensive, especially since we have to buy our water and I would rarely be able to line dry my diapers which would also add to the expense. But even so, even if it really is much cheaper, I just cannot quite bring myself to use cloth diapers! Wet diapers I think I could handle. But poopy ones? Uh, well, that is a whole other story! And since my husband really didn’t want to do cloth diapers either, it made the decision much easier!
12. Go Without Air Conditioning
I’ll admit it, I’m a total wimp when it comes to dealing with hot weather! It doesn’t take much heat to make me start feeling really lethargic and if it gets really hot, I sometimes even feel nauseated. So, it probably doesn’t surprise you when I say that the air conditioner and I are pretty good friends. 🙂
So, did anything on my list surprise you? What are some money saving things you don’t do?