A couple of practices my frugality has led me to are as follows.
How often I wash my sheets...
- My rule of thumb was to wash them once a week, every 7 days. But I got to thinking…we shower at night, go to bed clean. If I switched to washing the sheets every 10 days, I’d reduce the number of loads washed and dry from 52 to 36.5, which I think is a considerable savings.
How often I get my hair cut....
- I have very short hair which needs cutting quite often. Every 4 weeks had been my rule…but when I changed the frequency of washing my bed clothes it dawned on me if I switched to getting a hair cut every 5 weeks I’d go from 13 times a year to 10.2 times a year. I pay $37.00 for a hair cut, not including tip, so instead of spending $481 a year for haircuts I spend $370 in a calendar year saving me $111 per year. Currently I’m entertaining the idea of letting my hair grow longer---into a style that will only need a trim every 6 months. And while in that process I’m now going every 6 weeks instead of the fifth week. There is talk at my salon of a price increase too…and mind you I get my hair cut at J.C. Penney’s so I’m not going to a high end salon. And I live in TN which is relatively inexpensive when it comes to the cost of living.
These are just a couple of ideas. I do a lot of other “saving” things---like using micro fiber and water which I’ve found to be superior when it comes to cleaning eliminating the need for almost all household cleansers. I posted about it here.
Basically it is a game to me---I get a bigger kick out of saving then I do spending! I hope my husband appreciates me (smiling).