This morning I've been busy putting a coat of varnish on my beautiful Adirondack chairs that my Dad made for me a few years ago. I'm not sure if it's because of accidental paint fume inhalation, or hours of quietness spent on the back porch while painting, but as I threw away my used paintbrush, I started thinking..... there are DEFINITELY different levels of cheapness. I for one, would rather throw away a paintbrush, than have to clean it in a jar of paint cleaner. It's not worth the hassle....but if it can be washed with the hose, I'll keep it for decades. I'm frugal, but not THAT frugal. I'm a big money saver, but even I have my limits. So in order to define my level of cheapness, I've created a list of things I will or will not do to save money.
Things I'm willing to do to save money
1. Clip coupons, always....end of story.
2. Never pay full price for anything.
3. Make my own cleaners
4. Watch to see if the Diamondbacks scored 7 runs so I can take advantage of Taco Bell's D- Backs special $1.79 for 3 tacos and a large drink. (You can't even make them that cheap, people.)
5. Grow a garden
6. Reuse old socks as dusting rags
7. Save jars, and coffee cans
8. Go around the house as the "light Nazi" flipping off lights and asking who left them on.
9. Sew my own curtains, linens, and bedding
10. Make my own Cinnamon Sugar, and put it into an old spice jar
11. Save taco sauce packets from Taco Bell
12. Use toilet paper to blow my nose so I can save the Kleenex for the "guests"
13. Recycle gift sacks and tissue paper (Thanks, Gina for reminding me of this one!)
Things I won't do to save money
(If things got real bad, then all bets are off, but for now, these are my limits.)
1. I will not wash and reuse plastic baggies, or plastic plates.
2. I will not save cool whip containers.
3. I will not save dryer sheets to dust with.
4. I will not save dryer lint to stuff a pillow with.
5. I will not buy cheap toilet paper. It must be Charmin....always.
6. I will not use baking soda to bathe with or brush my teeth.
7. I will not make my own ice in trays. (The stuff in the bag tastes waaaayyyy better.)
8. I will not buy generic cheese puffs.
9. I will not use dish washing soap "sparingly". (I like a proper amount of suds in my water.)
10. I will not pay to have someone wash my truck, spray for bugs, clean my carpets, or paint my house. I do it myself.
11. I will not wash and re-use straws. (Thanks, Krystle for reminding me of this one!)
Everyone has their limits. Those are mine. What about you? What are your limits of frugality? Do you go to extreme measures to save money, or will your pride not allow you to save a ketchup packet for later?