I was reading a post form Broke Girl over at http://bebrokebuthappy.blogspot.com/ and she has the neatest post about things she won't buy or pay for, you should really go check it out! I thought I'd do the same things, and also add things that I do pay for, but refuse to pay full price. (I must add that I never say never, and who knows what could happen, they are just things that I generally don't pay for.)
Things I Don't Pay For:
- Manis and Pedis-I DIY them.
- A land line phone- I don't even use the minutes on my cell, much less a land line.
- Lawn Service- I have a husband for that.
- General vehicle maintenance (oil changes, tire repair, minor things)- David is a Mechanic by trade so he does all of this.
- Pet Groomer-I have a short haired dog, or I'd do this myself, too.
- Husband Groomer-due to his job he must keep a very short hair cut. Luckily his friend next door shaves his head for him once a week.
- Car wash-I can do it at home for free.
- Budgeting Software-I print off worksheets online, or create my own.
- Lunches while at work-I brown bag it, and enjoy it more.
- Late Fees, or Overdraft charges-I stay organized and use bill pay online to prevent these.
- Checkbook registers-I am probably the only person left who still uses these! But you can want into almost any local bank and they had them out for free, verses ordering them online.
- Checks-my bank gives them out for free. They are boring and don't have carbon copies, but I don't write checks enough for that to matter.
- Pizza delivery fees or tips-I just for get it myself. It's usually faster then waiting or them anyway.
- Gym Memberships-a benefit of being a military spouse is that I get to use the gym on base for free. When I can't make it there I have a dog that loves to go on walks.
- Movie Rentals-I get a free Redbox Rental every Monday.
- Bottled Water-I have a filtered pitcher at home that I fill bottles with.
- Ice-I use the ice maker, and save ice in the deep freezer for parties.
Things I Won't Pay Full Price For:
- I love CVS and Walgreens, and never pay full price for any toiletries, cleaners, paper goods, make-up, batteries, snacks etc.
- I use coupons at the grocery store and can normally save 20% or more.
- Books and Magazines-Thrift stores sell the CHEAP, or Amazon.
- Any seasonal item-they all go 75% off the holiday, just stock up for next year.
- Clothes-I shop off-season and get great deals.
- Thrift Stores in general have great home decor, plus I enjoy seeing what goodies I can find there.
- Park Admissions-most parks or museums have discount or free days. Check their websites for me details.
- Movies-Rarely do we watch movies at the theater, but when we do, we always watch matinees. They are generally at least $2 cheaper.
- Candy at movies-that's what big purses are for!
- Greeting Cards and Invitations-I make my own using the above mentioned seasonal clearance craft supplies.