It is one thing to buy books that you look at once and could have obtained at the library. But it is quite another when they are books that you need for research or that you will treasure. Putting yourself on a "book budget" is probably the responsible thing to do. I am in favor of other ways to cut expenses.
For me - I struggle with avoiding diet coke. That is hardly a necessity. Isn't good for your teeth, etc. It sits high on my want list, but doesn't even make it to my needs list.
Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.
Books - I'm an art historian and I love history books, books on architecture, artists, etc. and these are not cheap. I've got myself on a book diet right now because I have about ten books waiting to be read...
Books! Sure I can get lots of light-reading books from the library and the local thrift store, but the specialized books I need for research are getting expensive ($55 for the last one). Still, worth it in the long run.
Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.
Housework done imperfectly still blesses my home.
Build like a lord -- live like a slave! Build like a slave -- live like a lord! Sumerian proverb
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
Oh yeah, running is my unfrugal habit! In and of itself, it's not so bad, but I spend about $65 on shoes several times a year, plus "toys" like a hand held water bottle and compression socks, then the recovery drinks and on-the-run fuel, not to mention race entry fees. I try to keep travel to destination races at a minimum though!
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill
2012 Running Mileage: 2,065
Fitness Minutes: (7,933) Posts: 47 1/24/11 2:12 P
so i see we all have little bad habbits today the news said more bad news they are raising taxes again and fuel most of us are not eating right well i guess the store brands are saving me till now will have to learn to make them last longer
January SparkPoints: 1
Fitness Minutes: (185,684) Posts: 29,806 1/22/11 8:11 P
I didn't know buying an iPod was un-frugal. I bought a no-name mp3 player for under $20 and I use a (free) sound program on my computer to supply it with music from records, as well as convert CDs to mp3, and collect old-time radio programs on mp3. I think having an mp3 player actually saves money and space (physical space, not virtual hard-drive space), no matter what brand.
iknow you have some,,, i do too... ok here goes,,, 1 un frugal thing i did about 3 months ago is buy an ipod, but it was a great buy, i track my spending, my shopping list is on there, got skype and talk throw it, tracks my smoking and allot of other things, my second unfrugal thing is smoking i smoke allot, seems like i will never quit , why ??? too much on my mind these days my thirds unfrugal thing is ,,, 2 times a month i go out for a cupple of drinks , it is the only thing left in this part of the country
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