Sharing Cost Savings Strategies

Life

… or sharing my neurosis, you decide.   My mom was a garage sale shopper.  My dad lived through the Great Depression.  Some of their frugal ways rubbed off on me.  Some of my frugal ways are ridiculous.

Here is a perfect example.  My car needs to be inspected.  There is a 7 day grace period.  I used to purposefully wait until the 1st of the following month so that in 12 long years my inspection would be free!  Lol! now if that is not completely ridiculous.  I have never even owned a car for longer than 9 years. Though keeping our vehicles long after they have been paid off is another thing we do to save $$. My car doesn’t need to look pretty, it just has to get me from point A to point B without breaking down.

Today for the first time ever, I got my car inspected before the end of the month when it was due.  I did this because Texas now combines vehicle registration with inspection.  The guy at Express Lube got me in and out.  I am quite certain there was no inspection done but oh well.  I got the paperwork so yippe and I am off!!!

I head to HEB business office with my renewal form, my proof of insurance and my proof of inspection.  Pleasant surprise, the clerk did not need any of it.  I was in the system!  Now that has to save somebody $$ somewhere :).  I also got sugar and dish soap which I forgot yesterday.  Hill country fair brand sugar of course, couldn’t even spring the 40 cents extra for HEB brand and heaven forbid I go $1 more to get Imperial pure cane sugar.  Now that’s an extravagance we can all live without.  Wouldn’t you agree ?? Lawd YES!

As I walk away, registration in hand, I over analyze.  I am bummed that I didn’t bother to find out if the registration has the same grace period.  I’m still twitching :).  I should have done the math! Twitch, twitch, twitch. Ugh!

I’ve got a dozen or more examples.  I have a tendency towards this compulsive behavior.  That’s why I don’t clean my house!  Lol 🙂 Big B squared does.  He can just clean like a normal person.  Me, once I get started, I go deep, looking into nooks and crannies that do not need looking into.  If I wasn’t such a cheapo, I’d buy a Swiffer extender thingy and clean my ceiling fans ala Jason aka OM.  But nope, I’ll stand atop a bar stool and reach with an old sock spritzed with faux Pledge because the name brand Pledge costs too much. Lol!  Can you dig it?!??  I knew that you could.  Quick – squirrel what movie is that line from?!??!  Obscure, nope … a hit in the late 70s.  Bonus to anyone who guesses.  Three tries.  C’mon, you know you want to guess.

Now come on J-Dub, where is this going?  Nowhere, just musing and rambling.  Like always.  Out of my rabbit hole and back to task.  Nope!  Stop!  All this talk of cleaning has got me going.  I think I am going break out the big guns.  Some of this non-essential stuff is long over due.  Let’s get this cleaning party started.

I hope everyone is enjoying your Monday, November 21, 2016!  I know I sure am!

As always, more to come.

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