Pickling cucumbers. Making laundry detergent. Growing vegetables. That’s not my bag. It sounds like a lot of work. Many people shy away from frugality when they think saving money will become too time consuming. I’ve managed to save money the lazy way. I just stopped buying stuff…mostly.
Shopping isn’t an enjoyable experience for me anymore. As a result, it’s much easier to let money peacefully rest in my bank account.
I ran out of soap last week. Before you go “eeeeeeeeew,” let me explain myself. The last time I went to the store, there wasn’t any soap on sale. To save money, I purchased two bars of soap that I normally wouldn’t buy. I figured I’d purchase the good stuff once it was offered at a discounted price.
About two weeks ago, I noticed my soap dwindling down. So I slapped the two thin slices of soap together and carried on with my normal cleansing routine. It wasn’t until the soap disintegrated in my washcloth last Friday morning that I realized I’d taken my frugality to new heights.
In reference to taking advantage of available resources, a wise woman once said (I think it was Liz Pulliam Weston): “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Well, obviously I’m not about to go without soap. The thing about frugality is that it makes you creative. You see. I really didn’t feel like going out to buy more soap. When I ran out last Friday, I didn’t panic. There had to be a solution to my problem that existed within my apartment.
It may not have been the best option, but there was dish detergent within reach. I use it as bubble bath. Now, I have the privilege of announcing that I’ve also used it as soap. Figuring dish detergent wasn’t the best cleaning agent for my skin, I told myself I’d buy soap that day. But, something strange happened. I didn’t feel like it. When I prepared to take my shower the following morning, I swapped out the dish detergent for shampoo. That’s what I’ve been using the last few days.
I’m glad I finally found a use for all that shampoo that failed to deliver the miracle results promised on the back of the bottle. Eventually, I’ll get around to taking a shower like a normal person.
Besides, my skin itches.