4 things I do That Just Aren’t Thrifty

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Look, I’m a frugal gal through and through but life is short and even though we must pinch a penny around here there are a 4 things that I do, that just aren’t thrifty.

4 Things I Do That Just Aren’t Thrifty
  1. I grew up in a home with my Dad and brother and although wehad Christmas Trees that was it. So I buy seasonal decorations for our home. Now that said, I do purchase them from Goodwill, Joann’s & Micheal’s on sale with coupons. But no matter how you look at it Seasonal Decorations are not a necessity and therefore their purchase is not thrifty. Oh well…
  2.  We buy brand spanking new lawn mowers & vacuum cleaners. After buying MANY and I mean MANY used lawn mowers (we have a broke down riding lawn mower in the back right now, so irritating) & vacuums that worked aggravatingly poorly. I only buy new vacuums and lawn mowers. Let’s face it folks no one gets rid of a good vacuum or lawn mower!
  3.  Buy expensive coffee and accessories to keep myself out of Starbucks as much as possible.I LOVE good coffee and I have 5 kids so I feel entitled to it. It’s one of my old habits I have not been able to shake. So I have determined that if I have good coffee and coffee accessories around I am able to avoid the ultra expensive Coffee shops.
  4. I drink a couple of Starbucks drinks a month. I budget 4 Starbucks coffees a month so I spend about $20 per month on Soy (which is vanilla flavored) Chai Tea Lattes. Yep, I drive my 12 passenger van through the Starbucks drive thru that is only about a mile from our house. Although I might not get one every week just by knowing I can have one I am more able to stick to our budget.
  5. So what things do you do that just aren’t frugal?

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

33 thoughts on “4 things I do That Just Aren’t Thrifty

  1. I try to keep a couple of “emergency meals” on hand… like mac and cheese or fish sticks and french fries, to use on nights there is “nothing to eat” and we would be tempted to buy pizza. 🙂

  2. Buying good coffee and the occasional Starbucks or Dutch Bros. are my thrifty downfalls as well 🙂 I also buy fast food for lunch every Thursday. I know, not healthy or thrifty, but homeschooling 3 littles with one on the way, after grocery shopping on Thursdays everyone is hungry and tired and it just makes my life so much easier. Maybe one day I’ll get it together and pack our lunches to have ready right when we get home, but until then, Taco Bell or Burger King it is.

    1. Yeah, when they are older they can unload and put the food away for you while you make lunch. But until then… thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Good coffee is on our list. As are a generous budget for giving and hospitality. We’d rather skimp somewhere else and still be able to feed the kids who come home with our kids or the group coming to the house to study Bible this week!

  4. I enjoyed this. I think we all have a few little things like this. In our house it’s pop! I buy two or three two-liters each week (84 cents each). It’s much cheaper than cans or name brand pop, or buying it at the gas station. It’s less than $15 a month, so it’s our one little splurge!
    Erin
    http://www.itallmattersmom.com

  5. Hello, I am dropping by from the Frugal Friday Link Up Party. I am guilty of the Starbucks coffee. Once a month I take a good friend out for a cup of coffee and to catch up. It is usually Starbucks.

    1. I think it’s important for folks to see most of us don’t just pinch pennies to pinch pennies but so we can truly enjoy the things we want to enjoy guilt-free!

  6. We still have cable (GASP!). Cable is so not thrifty but we are okay with that! I also invest in high quality clothing. I wear those jeans so much that they become a thrifty purchase over time;0)

  7. We splurge on groceries. There aren’t many stores where we live and, sadly, no Starbucks, but there is a grocery store. Our grocery bill could be smaller but buying the food that we want when it’s available is a good way to treat ourselves. We don’t eat a lot of prepared food so when I say splurge, I mean buying a block of gouda when they have it or getting some extra fruit if it looks good. It’s the little things, right?

  8. I buy waaaay to many shoes for myself – and mostly open toe…so when winter comes, I go back to my black and brown expensive teacher shoes (1 pair of each).

  9. I had to chuckle because I thought I was the only one who budgeted for Starbucks every month (except I only allow myself to buy 2 per month). Although I recently discovered that Costco carries their Tazo chai (3L for $8) – so I’ve been making my own chai lattes at home!

    Thank you for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  10. I love to get coffee out, whether it be Starbucks or Dunkin! I can easily make it at home and I know it’s a waste, but I still do it! Stopping by from the #SHINEbloghop

  11. I am visiting from Frugal Friday Link up. My least favorite un frugal thing I do…
    Is I should pack my lunch for work, instead the vending machine seems to get a portion of my check every week. 🙁

    1. Yep, when you are busy and hungry anything is better then nothing. Since you are not content with situation, maybe you could start buying some frozen dinners and taking those. No fuss no muss just grab and go.

  12. Stopping by your blog from the Frugal Friday Link Up! After cheaping out several times, I only buy new mid to high quality shoes. It makes sense because you wear your shoes every day, they get lots of use, and you want them to last as long as possible. When you opt for a $20 pair of sneakers, they’re not going to last as long as a $40-60 pair, in my experience. I usually put clothes & accessories like this on the back burner, so I can spend more money on quality groceries, but this is one area where I’m not frugal. (I’ll still look for sales, though!) 🙂

  13. My hubby likes brand name TP and trash bags, although I look for sales and coupons on them. I am buying expensive diapers for my 2 year old because I find that I had to use 2 or 3 cheapos for every 1 expensive diaper on him. (Seriously, baby number 5 and I have never seen such a pee-er!)

  14. Good coffee and half and half are definitely some of my thrifty downfalls, but it does keep me from going out for coffee. (We might get Starbucks once a month, though I love it.)
    My biggest downfall is good cheese, though. I will spend some money on gruyere and manchego, although I try to pick it up only at BJs or Trader Joe’s. It’s cheaper there, and we go infrequently, so that helps moderate the cost of my cheese fix.

  15. We all have our splurges, right? And I think the fact that you budget 4 Starbucks drinks a month is actually a smart way to save money. 🙂 I’m a frugal, coffee-house beverage lover too, so I get that. I started making my own frappes, inexpensively at home using just basic ingredients (regular coffee, milk, sugar, flavorings) and it has definitely helped our budget a lot. I actually rarely get cravings for coffee-house drinks now, because I can make yummy one at home….although I still have a weakness for Starbuck’s pumpkin spice frappes! Haven’t figured out a good homemade version of them yet. 🙂

    1. I have a couple of homemade versions of that on my site you should try! But I also make my favorite drink the Chai Tea Latte at home several times a month. My 4 drinks are usually spent on days my kids have something early in the morning. But I am glad that I am not alone in frugal coffee loving!

  16. Soft drinks are our thing, but I think that planning splurges helps you stick to a budget; otherwise the budget becomes a jail, not a tool.

  17. I have no problem making mindful splurges. Impulse buys are another story, and one I’ve been guilty of many times before. In my mind, being frugal or mindful doesn’t mean you can’t spend money on the things you enjoy. It just means making sure you budget for them and don’t sacrifice something more important. My biggest splurge is probably my cat. He is worth every penny.

  18. Starbucks is definitely one of my frugal fails – although it totally fits in my budget too. Also, I occasionally get hit by really good Facebook advertising and wind up buying items off there.

  19. I think it is so important to splurge every now and then. It’s just a matter of knowing your priorities and budgeting for them. Completely agree with the lawn mower and vacuum cleaner. Bought a used lawn mower once and it only worked two times before it wouldn’t start again. 🙁
    We splurge on going out to dinner. Since we eat out so rarely, we splurge on a little more expensive restaurant.

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