Those of you who have been readers for awhile know that we are frugal. We do everything we can to save money because my husband is a South Dakota teacher – the lowest paying state in the nation. And I left my school administration position to stay home to raise our son. Yes, our cost of living is lower than some states, but we still need to find ways to save money. That’s why today I want to share a list of 15 things our family doesn’t spend money on.
1. Dry Cleaning
I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the dry cleaners. Oh wait…for my wedding dress. But, prior to that, I really have no idea when I took a garment in. I simply don’t buy things that need to be dry cleaned. For starters we would have to drive 30 miles just to even find a dry cleaner, but I also don’t want the expense.
2. Credit Card Interest
I’ve had the same credit card since 2004 when I was in college. During that time I’ve paid a grand whopping total of $16 in interest. There was one month where I was paying rent, paying my mortgage on the house I no longer lived in, and had a lot of medical expenses from a hospital stay. If I paid off my entire credit card bill that month I was afraid I might not have enough to buy groceries, so I left a small balance. It turns out I would have had enough money. That was early 2010. Six years later and that dumb little $16 bill still bugs me!
We gave up cable in March 2014. Actually, I’ve only had cable a combined total of four years since high school graduation. It’s not something I need, so I save money. This is the one thing we might actually pay for again in the future. My husband really loves his sports, so he misses it. We’ll see what the future holds, but for now we don’t spend money on it.