I can think of several cases where one would need to spend some money in the short term in order to save money in the long run. I thought I would list several ideas where I have "spent to save", and see if it sparks some of you to add to the list.
By mom-from-missouri from NW MO
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On a very limited income. I also spend more money up front to buy bulk, especially paper towels, t-paper, tissue, paper plates etc. simply because it 'keeps me out of the stores'! It seems every time I ran to the store for a couple of things. I Always spent at least $20 extra on something else that I would not have purchased if I hadn't walked in the door. Saves on gas too! I can see a substantial difference at least $100 a month saved!
Great ideas and I agree with you 100%!
Here's my tip, buy one of those KitchenAid mixers. It makes baking fun and a snap. Since having bought one I bake more and save so much money baking my own cookies, waffles, muffins, granola bars, etc. all costly items.
Tell me more about selling on ebay. Isn't it a hassle? Can you really make money? Leslie
Good girl. A mama after my own heart. I would add:
Buy the best quality of items you can afford if it's something you need to have for a while. Towels, boots, linens, blankets, clothes. And also, invest in a sewing machine and know how to use it. I can often pick up better quality clothing and housewares than I could otherwise afford simply by finding them at a thrift store for cheap because they need a five minute repair.
You are amazing! I would love to meet you in person. Why not have guests live in for a week of following you around to learn how to live below their means? I know a lot of folks need instruction in that area. Congrats! Anne
You are brilliant and wonderful and kind to share all that wisdom! Thank you for all those suggestions. Sometimes I get so caught up in saving money I forget that it's ok to spend too! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Excellent article, both content and writing. Thanks for sharing.
I love your website! I am a stay-at-home mom and love to find ways to cut expenses and live more frugally. I am your newest follower! I like that this post shows that being frugal doesn't mean that you have to buy cheap things. Instead, you have to buy quality things that will last and save money over time.
These are great ideas and I have done many myself. When my girls were small we went on walks to near by playgrounds and took our pb&j's for a picnic and afternoon of fun. We lived in an area of pecan orchards and made arrangements with the owners to gather for them on a 50/50 basic. At night we sat watching a movie on tv and shelled our part then sold quart bags full or made pies and cookies for gifts and even sold a few. Now they are grown with families and still do things like that. I still have a garden and barter, can, freeze and 6 chickens that are good layers to sell the eggs. The local farmers garden is a good outlet for my produce, jellies, jams and eggs. There is nothing wrong with being frugal and really comes in handy.
Great tips:) I use Ebay to save by buying in bulk. One example is safety glasses. The kind we like sell for $3 in the stores, and the same pair on Ebay is $3 including shipping, thus saving gas money. But, when I get the discount for shipping 12 in one package they end up costing just over $2 a pair.
Another savings I get is with the drug store loyalty cards. Their normal shelf prices tend to be higher, but when you combine their sales with the coupons they give you things are often free or very low.
Then they offer a store brand or certain manufacturer brand bonus program. These are often $10 back for buying $30 of one brand, Combining normal sales/coupons/bulk tactics, I end up getting the $30 worth of sale items for $5 out of pocket. Often I don't need the extra items, but if I was spending $20 anyway, I can donate the extra $10 worth of items and it doesn't cost me anything.
I love all the ideas you have given and have actually done some of them my self over the years. I always try to get "coupons" and money savings any way I can from department stores that I normally would not be able to afford to shop at with my social security income. I have found that the more time I spend joining these stores' "clubs" has saved me more money than going and shopping at discount stores while getting better quality purchases. Also I have found shopping on line gives me additional savings and I've seen that I am more concious about what I purchase since it is right in front of you. There is no chance for shell shock when you see what you have spent. It is too easy to throw extra items in your cart when personally in a store than shopping on line. Buying good quality does not have to cost as much as you think. Time is money. Spend the extra time researching and joining coupon sites and private store clubs. They have saved me so much.
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