Inspired by a post of Money Saving Mom's, I thought I'd share how we save money with 7 things we don't buy.
- Monthly Cell Phone Plans
We have pay-as-you-go type phones. We rarely call or text but are glad to have phones for traveling or for emergencies. We spend probably $100 a year, max, on these. Compared to $80/month for ONE iphone, this is an $860 savings. *We do have an ipod that my husband bought and it has some games on it. I'm not completely living under a rock. I have played Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. :-)
- High-end, new, kids clothes
The kids usually get new clothes from the Grandparents at birthday and Christmas. When we buy clothes for the kids, 95% of the time, they are second-hand. I get them from a local resale group or yardsales. Oh how I love yardsales! I've scored great name brand stuff at sales too!
- Newspaper Subscription
I like to get a Sunday paper occasionally for the ads and coupons, but we just swing by a gas station and buy one. In my area, I have not found a good enough subscription deal for it to be worth that monthly fee.
The doctors say tanning beds are a big no-no, so in the name of living longer, I abstain. Plus it saves money! I go a few times a year for the spray on fake tan, it works well enough and isn't damaging to my body. Because I have never been tanning, I don't know what this saves us for the year. Hundred bucks?
- Gym memberships
A local place is going to offer Zumba classes. Have you ever tried it? I'm thinking of giving it a whirl, looks fun! It would just be a per class fee. We haven't joined the local gym. I have a thing against paying money in exchange for being humiliated in public (apparently I make an exception for Zumba)!
- Lavish holiday giftsWe do a couple birthday gifts, and at Christmas last year the kids got four gifts ("Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read").
- Name brand tortilla chips
Kroger brand all the way! A dollar a bag. That is at least a 50% savings from the name brand.
At Money Saving Mom people were commenting that they don't buy paper towels, bread, home phone service, etc. What are some things that you don't buy?
*come by next Monday for 7 things we DO buy!