Girl Ninja and I have made multiple intentional decisions on how we can best reign in our spending and control our monthly expenses. There are numerous ways in which we intentionally cut costs to save money.
Last night, however, I started thinking about all the ways I unintentionally have saved my family a bunch of money. Here are a few of the things I came up with…
I’m one of those rare human beings that actually hates alcohol. This is not a religious thing or moral thing, but more a I-hate-the-way-it-tastes kind of thing. It amazes me how much some people wish I drank. I swear every time I go out someone is begging me to try their glass of wine (Girl Ninja always asks me to try her wine), their beer, or their rum and coke, as though, my taste buds will suddenly do a 180 and be in alcohol heaven.
I’ve done a lot of taste tasting over the years and the scale in which I use to describe alcoholic beverages ranges from “extremely disgusting to moderately disgusting”. I’m yet to find a drink I legitimately enjoy. Actually, I did have a Mike’s Hard Lemonade once and that was actually tasty. Only problem is, I would never be caught dead ordering such a drink at a bar. Haha.
Since alcohol has never really been a part of my life, I don’t really know how much I’m saving by not drinking it. I’m assuming most other 20-somethings probably drop between $30 and $200 a month on alcohol. Is that reasonable? How much do you spend?
From age 18 to 28, I kept my head shaved. I probably saved $2,000 in haircuts over those ten years. But in 2013 I decided to join the “hair having” club and grow out my luscious locks a bit. I kept my hair around for a year, but after spending $20 per haircut I was sick of the expense. I shaved my head again.
Girl Ninja got pissed because she liked my hair so I made her a deal I would grow it back out if she learned to cut my hair. She’s given me two haircuts so far and while she is no Picasso, she is showing potential.
The only thing I miss about going to get my haircut is the way the hairstylist would run her fingers through my hair during the shampoo process.
I must have some extremely jacked up taste buds, cause not only do I hate the taste of alcohol, but also the taste of coffee. In fact, just about anything with coffee in it makes me want to projectile vomit all over the place. Mostly on to a cat because I hate cats.
Girl Ninja, however, loves her some Starbucks.
It’s a good thing I don’t, otherwise we’d probably be there every day. She does her best to minimize her “Tall non-fat vanilla latte” purchases, but probably averages two or three a month. If I was joining her each trip we’d be out a couple hundred more dollars each year. Extrapolate that over the next few decades and we are talking TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars saved by not liking the flavor of coffee. Booya for sensitive taste buds.
I may get beat up for mentioning this one, but I don’t really get the point of video games. I played them in elementary and middle school, but by the time I got to high school I cared more about my outfit, girls, and sports then I did about what type of gun Lara Croft used. While video game consoles are reasonably priced (most around $200), the video games are a budget killer. At $40 to $80 a pop, I don’t know how gamers sustain themselves.
Oh that’s right, they all live in their mother’s basements.
Kidding….kind of. Thank goodness World Of Warcraft and NCAA Football ain’t my thing.
Okay now that I’ve pissed a bunch of video-gamers off, it’s time I step down and give you an opportunity to share some ways you’ve unintentionally saved some money.
Do you hate desert? Or Flying? Never shave your armpits? Or do use public transportation? It might take a minute to think something up, but when you do drop a comment below.