What I’m Willing to Give Up
Peer pressure can work for you in some cases. I’m using the positive influence of my frugal peers to trim the fat in these lean economic times, and I’ll tell you why.
The recession is hitting many of us hard, some of us medium, and some of us not at all. My family falls between the hard and medium categories, and the only reason we’re not in the “hard-hit” category is because we’re so frugal already!
I realized just how many people are in the “hard-hit” category as I scrolled through my RSS feeds a few days ago. I saw headline after headline about giving things up: one blogger said goodbye to her newspaper subscription, one gave up her gym membership, a few even gave up their home phones. People are giving up small luxuries right and left, and many more won’t tell you about the sacrifices they’ve made in the wake of this economic downturn.
Is it really such a bad thing to do with less? “Maybe this could be a good habit,” I thought to myself. “Maybe I should see where I can still cut things out before I really HAVE TO, just to see what I can do without.”
My challenge was to find some small luxury to give up, something that is nice and convenient to have that I really CAN live without. Until further notice, I have given up my crockpot liners for my slowcooker. Yes, they make cleanup more convenient and boy do I love them, but I can save the $3 a box and just put my crockpot in the dishwasher after dinner. I’ll ration the few boxes of crockpot liners I have left in my stockpile, then I won’t buy any more. Who knows, maybe I’ll get so used to going without them that I won’t start using them again later! We’ll just have to wait and see.
There you have it: my small contribution to our family’s ever-evolving frugality.
Tell me, what are you willing to give up right now?