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Passive Tightwadery

June 19th, 2014 at 09:14 am

In the Tightwad Gazette books, Amy D talks about passive tightwadery. Where the TV cameras could focus on the chip aisle as the family grocery cart zooms on by, never stepping into that particular aisle. As I'm doing my daily "what frugal thing did I do today?" sometimes it is hard to think of an active frugal thing I did the day before. It is sometimes the avoidance of stuff that saves me money.

Yesterday is a perfect example. I went to work. Drove right from home to work. It absolutely stormed at lunch, so I read my book at my desk, eating my lunch. After work, I drove straight home. Made dinner, read more of my book, watched a little DVRed TV, went to bed. Never spent any money.

Today I will; it's bowling night! $10 for bowling. Something for dinner. $26 for the spin class at work that is held during lunch. It doesn't start until July, but it looks like it will be a popular class and I wanted to make sure I got in before it was full!

Frugal thing I did yesterday: brought my lunch from home. Good thing I did because there was a huge thunderstorm right at my lunchtime. I didn't want to go anywhere; it was downright nasty! I almost always pack my lunch. My co-workers are usually shocked when I buy lunch because it happens so rarely.

2 Responses to “Passive Tightwadery”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I have to really rack my brain on the frugal things too. I do like the Tightwad Gazette as a reference for frugality.

  2. snafu Says:

    For a number of years I've noted 'Cost Avoidance' in my day-timer, later on cell ph. It includes sum of coupons and sale items at the grocery since they circle savings on their receipts, discount on major purchases, insurance discount for 3 vehicles, RV, condo prepay, multi + 3% CC discount for example. I helps to keep a list of when items routinely go on sale and do your best to line up planned purchases with sale opportunities. It's totally shocking how much you save via cost avoidance. This year I've focussed on saving where it isn't noticed and doesn't impact on our lifestyle. For example, you can use powdered milk when cooking with milk or less expensive store brands items when cooking or combining.

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