Friday, September 24, 2010

Keeping my money in my wallet

There is a blog that I check daily.  Multiple times a day.  Well, there are a few of them that I check multiple times a day.  But one in particular - LifeAsMom.com - and especially on Fridays.  She has a weekly thing called "Frugal Friday."  Other bloggers can link up their own blog post with tips for saving money.  Sometimes its a recipe, other times its a helpful tip like reusing your old peanut butter jars.  Whatever it is, it's going to be something frugal.

This morning, I was reading over the quick link notes and thinking to myself "what do I do to save money?"  My answer was simple:

Don't Shower.

Ok, before you jump to any conclusions, hear me out!!!

If I get up in the morning and get a shower first thing, there are a couple things that happen (past being clean.):  1) I do my hair, and 2) I put on makeup.  Those simple things can be a recipe for disaster.  They mean that I'm a pair of jeans away from shopping!  I live in comfy pants while at home.  If I'm post shower, and otherwise "put together", it's a simple change of the pants, grab the keys and purse and out the door I go.

HOWEVER!  When my will power is low and the urge to run to the store to buy this or that hits me...and I'm in pajamas, and my hair is mess and I look like Tammy Faye Baker after crying...I know it's going to take some time and work to get to a point that I could run out the door.  It makes me stop and think about what I was going to go buy.  Do I really need it?  Can it wait until I'm out running other errands?  Am I just caving to instant gratification? Shopping, for me, isn't down the street.  It's at least 20 minutes away for basics, and 45 minutes for everything else.  That's a lot of gas to not be combining multiple errands.

**Now that I've explained that, let me say this...I normally do get up and shower and "get ready"!!  But if I'm struggling to stay home, stay out of the stores and save money, this is something that works for me. =)

3 comments:

  1. This made me laugh, but it is so true!

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  2. I'll probably gross some people out but if you are not doing any physical work that makes you sweat, showering only every 2nd day is good for your skin (less dry), your hair (less frayed), and your budget (less shopping as you mentioned, and less water etc used).

    Now if you work outside the home, this is not ideal, but for stay at home Moms this can be great. Even when I worked, I would only wash my hair every 2nd day, I just wet it while I showered so I could style it but I have fine hair that is prone to getting dry.

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  3. Kim - I wish I could get away without washing my hair everyday. Unfortunately, I'm a blonde with oily hair. If I skip a day, I'm blonde on day 1 and a brunette day 2 due to the oiliness. It sucks.

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