I picked up my DD from a friend the other day and we got talking about our day, I told her I'd been to get my ancient boots reheeled and seen a boat I wanted to buy. She immediately burst out laughing saying that was so typical of me, the financial Jekyll and Hyde who buys massive sacks of rice to save money and then spends the saving on a lobster, or goes camping for a holiday and then buys expensive wallpaper.
Now, I'm not offended in the least, but AIBU to think that most people in the financial 'middle' do this - skimp on one thing to save up for something else that is important to us? What do you save and splurge on?
There are certain brands i can’t scrimp on - Heinz etc, and I don’t feel guilty about treating myself to a pricey cocktail once in a while..but in other ways I will be hugely frugal! Hunt around for deals on food, wear clothes until they’re rags, keep napkins to use as tissues, it’s funny how your brain categorised certain expenses as ‘way too much’ and others as fine! For example I would probably drop £15-20 on dinner out - but I think £6 washing powder is a Rip off!!
I agree about not paying for carrier bags. I'll happily shell out for cocktails on a night out but I won't pay for parking. I also turn the heating down to save on my bills but love to buy coffee and cake in cages.
I must say I always shop around for bargains 😀 Regarding everything and I mean everything Food cleaning toiletries - I look for all the offers 3 for 2 buy one get one free etc have a nice little collection in my cupboards, when I get down to the last one of items I use/need it goes on my list that I keep in my kitchen. When meats on offer beef lamb etc I normally buy several joints in the freezer it goes. The amount it saves is amazing I do like my designer clothes bags shoes etc, again have never paid full price always seem to find great (brand new) bargains Happy days 👍😃 My sister thinks I am really sad 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
I strop about the price of laundry soap and online delivery charges, I scrimp on own brand squash and I think very little of buying another implement or improvement for the stables or a new collar for a dog.
Well I doubt boat purchases are contemplated by many people, but yes the principle is quite widely applicable. Most people can't have everything they want, and I suspect even those who can probably have things they get really pissed off about paying for.