I’m Just Not That Cheap…. Yet
|February 24, 2013||Posted by thecheapskatemom under diy, environment, frugalphilosophy, lifestyle, money-management|
Tonight, I'm challenging myself to think outside the proverbial -cheapskate- box. I like to think I'm one of the cheapest people I know – and in many ways I am – but tonight we went to a party at a friend's home. They close off the upstairs of their house during the winter so as not to heat it…. Can we say WOW. I admire their cheapness – or to use a nicer word, frugality. Why heat something you don't need to use, right? Since I live in an apartment, we're not able to close off any rooms. That being said, there are some things I'm not that cheap to try – yet.
Here's a list of what I'm not ready to do and why. Should be some good food for thought!
1. Reusable Toilet Paper
Ok. I get that toilet paper is both expensive and bad for the environment. I really, really do. That being said, I handwash all of our laundry. I don't think I'm up to this challenge yet. If I ever am, y'all will be the first to know – excuse the ICK factor.
2. Reusable Baby Wipes
3. Reusable Diapers
Actually, I'm about to embark on this adventure although I am full of nerves, especially as I handwash everything. My awesome and talented real-life friend K8T, who runs Eat The Mommy, is gifting me with a set of reusable diapers. I love that her diapers have snap in pads and are very affordable!!
I know we could make a few extra hundred bucks by having a roommate, but I am an extremely private person (believe it or not). I love quiet, I love having things a certain way – and I'm just not sure having a roommate would fit in with our family's lifestyle. That being said, never say never. It's a great way to expand your family, in a sense, and save some dough!
5. Dumpster Diving
Again, never say never. Some of the things people throw out, myself included, makes me sick. I love reading the Urban Dumpster Diver's Blog – and I even interviewed her here. I find her lifestyle FASCINATING.
6. Going Carless
I know there are people out there who forgo cars completely. Bicycles, buses and even walking become very viable options for them. I think it's awesome and I'd love to go carless someday and just do the carshare thing – but right now, that seems like too big of a leap to make by choice.
7. Unplugging the TV
I know watching TV costs money (as far as electricity – we have no cable, just Amazon Prime) – and brain cells – but it's ultimately a fairly frugal hobby. That being said, reading books is better for ya, most of the time!