Becoming Debt Free in 2009

November 13, 2008

10 Things I Won’t Give Up To Save Money

Filed under: Random — ambercouric @ 9:48 pm

One Snarky Chica With Issues followed Fabulously Broke in the City listing 10 things they won't give up to save money. So I decided to make my own list.

Ten Things I Won’t Give Up to Save Money

  1. Lawn Care Service – we have a big yard with tons of trees.  It is more than worth the $80 per month I pay for the service.  They come twice a month.
  2. Making lunch for my son – I spend a lot more on the homemade lunch than I would for a school bought lunch.  But he enjoys the surprises I put in and I enjoy doing this small thing for him.
  3. Car – I live in a small town and it would be impossible to get around without a car.
  4. Smart Wool Socks – yes, they are more expensive but the keep my feet warm.
  5. Summer camps for my son – I may be willing to cut the number of camps but won’t give them up totally.
  6. Good Shampoo – I have very fine hair and the cheap stuff just won’t work.
  7. LL Bean Bookbags -they actually save money in the long run because they will replace them even after years of use.
  8. Cable TV – if I were desperate maybe – but most of what I watch is on cable.
  9. Hot Showers – long hot showers – this is my indulgence.
  10. Caller ID – I have a neighbor who will call 10 times a day wanting something.  She is elderly but usually she wants someone to go read something for her, find her credit card, heat something in the microwave, etc.  So if I’m doing something important I let the answering machine pickup.


  1. 1. Car – It equals freedom.
    2. Cable/Internet – Information & entertainment that’s very cheap.
    3. Cellphone – It saves me gas and keeps me connected. I like being “connected.”
    4. Medications – Kinda mandatory to live and all.
    5. Friends – Even if it means helping them out financially so they can join us.
    6. Poker – I play less, when there’s less money, but I’ve won my share of games too that brought home money.
    7. Alcohol – Again, cut back as money demands, but it calms my nerves.
    8. My Website – $15 a year and free hosting. Personal expression to hundreds a day doesn’t come much cheaper.
    9. Happiness – Financial security is great, but if I’m not enjoying my life during it, something will change, even if it means giving up some money in the long/short run.

    Comment by M. Wade Nichols — November 13, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

  2. Oh, 10. Nutritious Food – If you don’t take care of your body it won’t help your mind achieve what you need to achieve.

    Comment by M. Wade Nichols — November 13, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

  3. Hi there-I need to think up a list like this, I like yours and well done for number 10 too!!

    Comment by sharon rose — November 14, 2008 @ 4:03 am

  4. I did a list like this too. I so agree with #1. I love my lawn service, and despise with a passion doing my own yard work.

    Comment by cheryl — November 14, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  5. Great idea for a post! I don’t blame you on the lawn care. We’ve just started this past year, and hope to keep it up.

    Comment by MadeMistakes — November 14, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  6. There are few things I won’t give up yet either. My list would include good quality cheese. Love it.
    I like your list!

    Comment by Movingonup! — November 14, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  7. Fabulous idea! I will make one too… See what you guys have started? 🙂

    Comment by The Writer Bee — November 14, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  8. That was a great list and very valid things that you listed too.

    Comment by Budget Mama — November 15, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  9. Oooh, great idea for a blog post. I only got to 7. I’m trying to stick to things that actually have money tied to them.

    One of mine: good quality balsalmic vinegar. Cheaper stuff just doesn’t cut it when you make your own salad dressings (which I do several times a week). $20/bottle is a lot, but I’m not willing to sacrifice!

    Comment by debtmaven — December 10, 2008 @ 12:16 am

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