There are some things I never spend money on. And, honestly, none of them feel like deprivation or sacrifice at all. It’s all about distinguishing what’s a priority in your life and what isn’t. (And it’s different for everyone!)
Things I never spend money on
Housekeeper – I try to clean up “stuff” daily. We don’t have clutter sitting around, so it’s just clothes and dishes on a daily basis. We spend an hour or two once a week on actual cleaning (bathrooms, vacuuming, dusting, etc.)
Hair products – Most of the time, I just don’t take the time to use them. I do have some spray gel purchased (for my daughter) two or three years ago that is still (mostly) full. It should last another 5 years. Does that stuff expire?!
Hair Cuts/Color – My daughter occasionally goes to the salon (she pays for it), but otherwise the guys get trimmed with our Wahl clippers and my mom trims my hair.
Lottery tickets – The odds are not in my favor.
Clothing at retail prices – I buy at consignment stores, thrift stores or on clearance.
Lawn Care – I like to mow. I listen to podcasts while I mow, so it feels like me time. Alan does the trimming and we share other lawn care chores. We both love being outside, so it doesn’t feel like work (most of the time).
Charmin – I know this is a very individual preference. I don’t buy one ply (oh my!), but am satisfied with Kirkland brand from Costco.
Newspapers – There’s this thing called the internet.
Dog Groomer – This is one I don’t enjoy. But I also don’t feel like it’s worth $50/$60 every two months to take Sammy to the groomer, so I still do it.
Cleaning supplies – I make my own. Dawn/vinegar works great in the showers, otherwise, I use alcohol and/or vinegar based solutions (mostly from Everyday Cheapskate). They work great.
Jewelry – I’ve never been into jewelry. Even my wedding “ring” is a tattoo (a very tasteful one, if I do say so myself).
Soda – Much to my son’s displeasure. Too much sugar, in my opinion. He’s on his own when he wants soda (unless we’re out to eat).
Oil changes – If we could find a place to change our oil (with full synthetic) for $25 or less, we may consider it. But it does save time to do it at home – no driving to the oil change shop, waiting, and driving back.
Brand names – Unless there is some compelling reason, such as a significant quality difference, I stick with off brands. (My Shark vacuum is an exception to this – well worth the cost!)
Gas station food – Pay at the pump! And always have a drink from home in the car.
Cable – I’m not a huge fan of TV. But, I do like some shows on Netflix, so we subscribe to that instead.
ATM fees – I just don’t use much cash. I have a cash envelope I keep on hand and add to it whenever cash comes my way (mostly from my kids paying me back), so that’s usually all I need.
Wrinkle cream – Bring ‘em on. Actually, I’ve found drinking more water makes them much less visible.
Dryer sheets – I use reusable dryer balls instead.
Pre-cut/pre-made/pre-baked grocery items – I can usually do it myself in a fairly short amount of time. If not from scratch, boxed mixes are a budget friendly substitute that take little time.
Magazines – Why subscribe to magazines when there is Pinterest?
Fast food – If I need a super quick meal, a frozen pizza works just fine. At a fraction of the price.
Candles – These are a fire hazard and some of them are smelly – in a not so good way. That said, I was gifted battery operated, flameless candles that I do use.
Mani/pedi – I own nail clippers and a file. Good enough for me!
Bank fees – Free checking, free savings!
Extended warranties – I would probably never need to use them.
Car payments – Stopped paying for those several years ago and haven’t looked back!
Gifts for partner – We don’t buy each other gifts (and, only occasionally buy cards). We go out for breakfast instead.
Dry cleaning – I buy clothes that don’t require dry cleaning. Those wrinkle free dress pants are a life-saver.
1 hour photo – I can wait.
Cut flowers – They die. I can enjoy them in my backyard and in nature during the warmer months.
Credit card interest – We use them for rewards, but pay the balance in full each and every month.
School pictures – Honestly, they are never that good. We go to a local Portrait Innovations every year or two to get individual and family photos.
Socks – I think my grandma has a sock fetish. She supplies the socks!? Don’t ask me. Maybe when she sees my son’s toes sticking out she feels sorry for him (even when he has other, non-holey socks to wear).
Bottled water – I keep reusable Thermos water bottles filled up in the fridge to grab. (I do buy water bottles when we’re traveling, on occasion.)
The latest electronics – If it ain’t broke, don’t replace it. Fingers crossed that old TV keeps going a few more years!
Belts – My pants naturally stay up! Why do I need a belt?
Shipping – I really can’t say I never spend on this. In a way I do pay for shipping. We pay for Amazon Prime each year, but we also get many other benefits too, making the shipping cost hard to measure.
Add to it! What don’t you spend on?
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