My husband loves to tell his friends stories of how frugal I can be. He has one friend whose wife is also frugal, so they are always telling stories that start with, “My wife is so frugal that she (fill-in-the-blank).” There was a point in our life where our existence depended on our frugality, but, hey, we made it! We have a little bit more room to breathe these days, but I will always be a Frugal Frannie.
Here are a few ways that I still pinch pennies, even when it’s a splurge.
Medicine – I always buy the off-brand. If you will compare active ingredients, you will find that they are exactly the same. This will save you at least $2 per bottle of off-the-shelf medicine.
Convenience Soda – This makes me cringe! $1.50 for a 20 oz bottle of cold soda? Tempting, I know. But here is what I like to do. You can get a whole 2-liter bottle of name-brand soda for $1.50 or less. If you are at the grocery store, no need to grab that cold soda out of that convenient fridge by the register. Go to the deli department, get a cup of ice for $0.25, and you can have several refills!
Milk – This may be a little too frugal for some of you, but I like to buy the gallon of whole milk, and when it gets halfway empty, I fill it up with water. I’m used to drinking 2% milk, so I can’t taste the difference. And I buy powdered milk to use in my bread baking and some sweets, if the fat content can still be upheld by using real butter.
There are some things that I do indulge on, but I can’t think of any right now : ) I’m the type of girl who forbids my husband from buying me flowers. If he just feels the pressing urge to buy me flowers, it needs to be something I can plant. I’ve got so many more tips (i.e. quirks) to share, but I don’t want to show my whole hand at once.
Note: I have never eaten an animal that we ran over. Even if it was in season. : )
This post was originally shared over at Hidden Treasures. If you want more money saving tips, she has them categorized here. She also has a home-based business, Sugar and Spice, to help bring her young girls into the knowledge of being a Proverbs 31 woman.