- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Last night, like every night, I was taking my makeup off before bed. My Darling Husband walked in on my nightly ritual…take makeup wipe, rip it in half, stick unused half back in package and use other half to scrub off waterproof eyemakeup (the rest of my face gets a warm washcloth with plain ol’ soap). He laughed….”Why do you DO that? We can buy more makeup wipes!”
Truth is, I’m not sure why I still do that, but I can’t stop! We can afford to go without doing this stuff since we both have decent jobs, but for some reason I see no point in doing it any other way if it saves us money in the long run (no matter what miniscule amount!). It started in college, when I was dirt poor from student loans, and I guess I just never grew out of it! It got me thinking about the other habits I’ve picked up from college and childhood (from watching my parents save money).
-I take my lunch to work, everyday (not so obscure, I know)
-I wash the Ziplock bags I pack my sandwiches in and reuse them until they can no longer be used
-I keep Cool Whip containers after they are empty, and use them to store leftovers in (this bugs Darling Husband to no end! “Why do we have fifteen containers of COOL WHIP in the fridge? I don’t want COOL WHIP…I want my leftover meatloaf!”
-I buy off-brand groceries when I can, as long as they don’t taste wickedly awful. I learned quickly in college which things it was okay to go offbrand with, and which to avoid. Staples…milk, flour, sugar, tea, butter, cheese…those are all ok. The offbrand mac n’ cheese that is “Out-of-This-World-Tangerine-Orange” colored? Eh…not so much ok to me! Or I haven’t found the right store brand yet…
-I wash everything on “cool” except for towels and sheets…those get the hot water!
-We don’t have AC and we rarely use heat in the winter. We can only get away with this because we live in an area of the country where it is pretty much 40-65 degrees year round (woohoo for saving on electricity!). If it is cold, we wear more clothes. If it is hot…well, it never gets above 80…so we don’t have to get TOO naked…
-We walk to the movie theater to see matinees on weekends…we actually walk or ride our bikes quite a bit, since we live in-town and everything is so close! I love being able to do that!
-I’m not allowed to go into my two favorite craft stores unless I have coupons!! I have the awesome mobile coupons now, so that has become a bit dangerous though!
I wish I could get into “extreme couponing” like some people do…or even into clipping coupons in general…but I am a slacker! What are some interesting ways that the rest of you cut corners and pinch pennies?