When you are keen to save those pennies and live a thrifty life, it can be tempting to try and cut costs on everything you do. While this is admirable in many ways, it can also create some problems for you. That is because there are certain things that you should just not be scrimping on, if at all possible. Read on to find out what is safe to be thrifty with, and what isn’t.
Be thrifty with parties and gifts--
Something that you can be successfully and safely be thrifty with is small gifts for people birthdays and Christmas time. It is possible to get all sort of fun items that don't cost a fortune. Through these, you can make people feel special and that you have thought about them, without breaking the bank.
You can be thrifty when gift-buying by shopping in the sales or getting 2 for 3 offers. The idea is to try and find items that would cost a fair bit if full priced, but are marked down for some reason. Just remember to take off any sale stickers, as this can backfire and make you look cheap!
It is also possible to organize a great party on a budget. If you need a cake, you can make it yourself from a box mix. You can also easily make decorations from paper or material. You can ask people attending the party to all bring a dish too, so you don't have to cater all of the food.
The key thing to remember here is to be relevant. If you see some cheap decorations that you want to incorporate that is great. But if they are Halloween themed and it's a birthday party is best to steer clear. As it can seem like your passion for saving money is trumping how important the person the party is for, is to you.
Don't be thrifty with pest control--
There are some things that it is not appropriate to scrimp and save on. One of these is pest control. If you have a wasps nest in your home, you can try and treat it with shop bought solutions. But it can be dangerous to have a big group of those insects so near to your family. That is why it best to leave it to the professionals. They have the right equipment and training to minimize the risk to you and your loved ones while getting rid of things like this.
Be thrifty with food--
Something that we can all be a bit more thrifty with is our food consumption. Did you know that around 40% of food is thrown away every week! To help you have less waste food at the end of the week, make a list and keep to that when you visit the store. That means you will only have the items that you actually need to for the recipes that you have decided on. It will cost you less, and you could end up with less waste at the end of the week too.
You can also freeze fruit and vegetables that would be wasted. Then have a regular cook up where you use items that would have just been thrown away. For example, all that frozen veg can be used to make hearty soups and stews. These can replace a meal on your plan in the week, saving you, even more, money. Or be frozen to eat a later date.
Of course, it is important to be mindful of food safety when you are doing this. If something is rotting, then it's best not to use it. If you are freezing meat make sure it is not on the last day of the best before date, as it can already be starting to turn.
Don't be thrifty with heating systems--
With the cold weather about to set in, it would definitely be a false economy to put off dealing with your heating system until later. It may seem like a large expense now. But you can be sure it will seem even worse when it's four feet deep in snow outside, and you have to sit with a blanket around you in your own front room!
That is why is vital to use professionals, experienced in working with things such as heating services. No matter how much money you think you're saving now but putting it off if something needs to doing, it is better to do it now rather than in the dead of winter.
Be thrifty with cleaning products--
Something that is vital to most people is having a clean home. But, while cleaning products are becoming more advanced, they are also becoming more expensive too.
However, it is possible to have a more thrifty attitude towards the purchase and use of cleaning products. The first thing you can do it keep an eye out for things that are on offer in store. New products are often displayed at a discounted price to get you to try them. So give them a go when they are cheap. The same applies for coupons.
Then once you have a good idea of what works, visit the dollar store and stock up on your cleaning supplies there. You can often find big name brands, so you won't have to scrimp on performance. It's just that these were overstocked somewhere, so you get to grab then at a discounted price. If it is something that you really like or use regularly, consider buying a few and starting small stockpile. For a dollar a time, you’d be mad not to!
Don't be thrifty with electrical maintenance--
With all that money you are saving, you will have a bit extra to spend on the important things like electrical maintenance. This is something that can easily fall into false economy territory.
As you need a qualified electrician to do the work, it can be easy to let flickering lights or overloading sockets slide. But this can be extremely dangerous!
We tend to take having electricity for granted a bit, and forget that if it's not working properly, it can cause us some serious safety issues. Electric shocks from exposed wires or faulty plugs can pose a serious risk of fire and to health. So it is worth spending the money on a good quality professional to make sure that the work is done right the first time round!