It all started over a month ago when Heather and I were having a conversation about whether it was ever cheaper to go to a restaurant over cooking at home. My example was Logan’s Roadhouse with their $13.99 deal for two people. If you get water, even with an appropriate tip, you’re still looking at less than you can generally buy 2 steaks of similar quality and size. Heather disagreed, saying she could easily beat that price since she has a cow cut up in her freezer.
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It’s an idea that has rolled around in my head for awhile. Because, not everyone has the time, money, space, etc. to be able to have a cow in their freezer. That thought expanded to other things that not everybody could do, like my post yesterday about shopping at warehouse stores. The fact is, not everybody can or wants to be thrifty in the same manner as everyone else.
For example, I have the good cable. That’s not thrifty. Or is it? I save money on going to a gym by doing workout videos on the on-demand section. I save money on going to movies by watching them on HBO. But I have friends who out-thrift me who don’t have cable at all and get workout videos and movies at the library. That’s not a sacrifice I’m willing to make, though. (At this time. Naturally if Mr. Ivy or I lost our jobs or something, we’d reconsider the cable thing.)
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Meredith had an interesting post up about the same thing. I laughed a little, because her 3 pairs of shoes per kid maximum sounds a lot like Heather and I. Heck, my kids generally only have one pair, unless someone has died and I need to get them dress shoes for the funeral.
So, Home Eccers, I ask you: what are some thrifty things you do that many can’t or won’t do? Or conversely, what are some decidedly non-thrifty things you do that work for you? Talk amongst yourselves.
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