I clip coupons and shop deals as much as possible. I have a small stockpile of non-perishable items (space is at a premium in my small apartment) and take advantage of programs like CVS ExtraCare Bucks and buying gift cards at the grocery store to earn more fuel rewards. I also cook from scratch, focus on frugal meals and rarely dine out.
Apparently, I talk to them a little too much about saving money and frugality.
Recently my son spilled some water in the kitchen and started to tear up. When I went to help him clean it up, I asked why he was so upset. His reply left me feeling more guilt than I thought possible.
“I’m so sorry that I spilled water. I didn’t mean to waste money,” he cried.
Apparently in my quest to teach my children how to be responsible consumers and considerate to both my wallet and the environment, I went overboard. I must have stressed conserving water a bit too much. This hit home even more because it wasn’t too long ago that he also worried (read: began to freak out) that I would get upset about him not eating all of his dinner.
Somewhere along the way I skipped over “be mindful but don’t stress” and ran right into “don’t waste A SINGLE THING, EVER!”
And boy do I feel guilty.
This got me thinking, what other ways can frugality go bad? Here’s a list that I came up with:
1. You pull apart the 2-ply toilet paper rolls to make 2 separate rolls of toilet paper.
2. You pee outside to avoid flushing the toilet.
3. You use dirty bath water to flush your toilet.
4. You save all used aluminum foil, wash it and then reuse it.
5. You use cloth toilet paper. (I just can’t with this one!)
6. You make all your furniture with pallets.
7. You reuse your dental floss.
8. You use your coffee grounds, tea bags and filters more than once.
9. You open up the ends of your toothpaste tube (or do this) to get every last drop of toothpaste out.
10. You write on paper with pencil so you can erase it and use it again.
I’ve decided that I need to ease up on the kids just a tad. Maybe not worry so much about every little penny that is wasted. They are kids and they shouldn’t have the same worries that we adults have.
What do you think?
What other methods of extreme frugality have you heard of? Would you do any of these to save a few bucks?
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