Merry Christmas! And Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Boxing Day! Etc. etc. Happy Holidays, Everyone! There, that was easier…
This special post is dedicated to the 12 days of frugalness. Why not? What better time to revisit our spending habits than right before we dive into a mountain of presents. (I always say…) After a year of toil and several weeks of cold, blustery weather, it’s finally time to relax and enjoy some down time.
I’ll be spending my down time reading books and trying to increase my pull-up set max. Those pull-ups are getting tougher to do with a newfound wrist and elbow injury – courtesy of overdoing 5-rep sets last week, without changing grips.
I’ll be reflecting on a year where I got my eyes lasered and the long journey to finally attaining 20/20 vision. Yeah, it took seven months for the left eye. And the right eye is still at 20/25. My eye doc is the best. He says I have an unintended mono-vision situation, so it’ll help putting off reading glasses a bit longer. A compromise I can live with!
Anyhow, I’d like to share my version of the 12 Days of Frugalness. Just a fun way to tie in some personal finance joy with the holidays upon us.
The Twelve Days of Frugalness (not to be sung or hum to any particular song.)
Day 1: Instead of buying a brand new book on Amazon.com about the rise and fall of Richard Nixon, I put it on my wishlist for someone else to buy it for me.
Day 2: Rather than screaming into a paper bag about how useless British Airways Avios points are, I had a civil discussion with one of their live agents and she said “just use the points on hotels and rental cars!”
Day 3: When my blog appeared to be infected with malware, causing a pop-up ad trap for mobile users, I almost rushed into buying Sucuri for Siteground at $140 per year. Then I realized, “SiteGround is all about having the BEST security – I shouldn’t have to pay for THIS!” And sure enough, the problem was that my new ad platform had allowed in a bad advertiser. No malware after all.
Day 4: We bought a new $700 love seat for the living room. But at least it was 40% off. Before you judge, ask me how often we buy new furniture and I’ll tell you how often we welcome new children into the world.
Day 5: I tipped my Airbnb cleaning lady $100 and wished her a Merry Christmas. A few days later, I got a final 2018 booking for a $69 overnight stay. Not a “one for one”, but still good karma methinks.
Day 6: Instead of buying pre-made food for our department potluck (as many other colleagues did), I slaved in the kitchen the night before for almost two hours. $8 worth of deviled eggs. They were delightful. (So says my son, who enjoyed six of the leftover eggs.)
Day 7: I’m getting snow tires put on my Honda Fit. This requires new wheels too, so it ain’t gonna be cheap. But long term? I get free tire rotation every six months when Discount Tire swaps out my tires for free. And then, my original tires will last that much longer too. As for the safety of snow tires in Minnesota? On a tiny Honda Fit? Yeah, that’s a good investment.
Day 8: Instead of calling a plumber about a leaking outdoor faucet, I researched the problem on Google, found a corresponding YouTube repair video, and one 99 cent packing nut later, no leak.
Day 9: Date night, featuring a fine restaurant and comedy club stop. Complete with paid sitter. Wait a minute… What’s frugal about THAT?? Well, I consider it an investment in relationship health. Mom and Dad should spoil themselves once in a while. We work blippin’ hard, and life is too short to sit home all smug about how much money we’re saving.
Day 10: Making up for Day 9, we home cook all our meals the rest of the week and pack lunches with leftovers. The gall.
Day 11: Friends come over for an evening of Hygge. We play Cards Against Humanity by the fire. The frugal win? We did it potluck style. And someone brought chocolate bark!
Day 12: Getting on a plane to the desert Southwest. Our flights are half the cost of what they’d otherwise be, courtesy of a little credit card strategerie. Staying with the grandparents, so accommodations are free. Ask me how much blogging I’ll do while we’re away.
There you have it! Despite a little shopping and indulgence on furniture, date nights, and more, we seem to survive and even thrive. Frugal tendencies are the glue that will help us enjoy increasingly better options as time goes on. That plus our crazy inbred work ethic. Who’s idea was that, ancestors?? All I want now is a comfy couch and 12 days of Marvel movies… Pull ups? Do I have to??
Peace and Joy and Prosperity to all of you and your loved ones!