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I am notoriously cheap. I live on a monthly budget significantly less than many people earn in a week. I do this not only because it allows me the freedom do my own thing but because it’s fun to see just how low I can go financially and still be physically comfortable.
I do a lot of things differently in order to save money so I thought I would write a post detailing some of my little quirks. Here are five things I do to live high on little money:
I Live in the Hood
Well, close enough anyway. Rather than pay more for a prime location I rent a small home in the poorer section of town. This allows me to spend a smaller portion of my income on housing. Who cares about the crazy stuff my neighbors do? I’m just as strange as they are so I fit right in and besides, I enjoy the shows they sometimes put on when the drama hits the streets!
My Security System Has Four Legs
…And bites if you aren’t supposed to be here. Yappy, scary dogs are not only a huge deterrent to thieves, they’re cheaper than ADT and play fetch as well.
They also keep you warm during cold winter nights. Win!
I Don’t Own a Car
I live in town, do most of my shopping online, have a shopping cart for trips to the grocery and ride with friends and family if I need to take a trip. It’s much cheaper than owning a clunker and I no longer have to worry about my van getting dinged in the parking lot. It also feels good to not have any maintenance or repair fees!
I May Be Cheap, but I Still Enjoy Luxury
Life should be enjoyed, not endured. Therefore I treat myself and my kid to nice haircuts, occasional meals out and to judiciously chosen items like fingernail polish and cosmetics. These treats are savored for their rareness and enjoyed for all they’re worth!
If I can live comfortably without something, I do.
Why waste time and money to buy and care for stuff you really don’t need?
Do you have any cheapskate confessions? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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