I’m sure this will be shocking to you all (wink), but I get a thrill out of saving money.  Especially when it only entails a minor change in habits, or even better, when I wasn’t even trying to save money in the first place!  Here are some random examples from my life…

  • I coloured my hair to cover greys for YEARS (seriously, I started sprouting greys in my early 20s), until one day, I just stopped.  Well, more accurately, I procrastinated so long in making a hair appointment that my greys started growing out and I thought to myself ‘Hey, wait a minute, these aren’t so bad. In fact, I think they look pretty darn good on me!’ (if you think otherwise, please do me a solid and keep it to yourself)!  I haven’t coloured my hair since.  Monthly savings – approx. $40
  • We used to have someone come clean our house every 2 weeks.  After a couple of years, we scaled it back so she cleaned monthly, and later still, we stopped altogether.  Sure, our house isn’t always spotless now, but with 3 young kids and a pet, the house never stayed clean for long anyway!  It really wasn’t that hard to give this up (and we DO clean so we’re not living in total filth!).   Monthly savings – approx. $200
  • After parking downtown forever and paying through the nose for the privilege, I started parking in a residential area just south of downtown – for FREE – and walking the rest of the way in.  Monthly savings – anywhere from $75-150 (my parking costs are all over the map depending on how often I carpool)
  • I buy nearly all of my kids’ clothes, and some of my own, second-hand (shout-out Value Village!).  I’ve also bought housewares, books and school supplies there.  And… confession time – I never pay regular price. Yes, you read that correctly.  I donate a lot of stuff at VV and in return, I get a punch card for up to 30% off my purchases.  And I never shop until that punch card is filled up.  Monthly savings – who knows but considering my kids are 4, 6 & 8yo and outgrown their clothes quickly, I’m guessing the savings are significant
  • I used to bring lunches to work maybe 2-3 times a week.  Now, I bring one nearly every day.  I still go out for lunch now and then, but these days, it’s more for social reasons (for an outing with friends), rather than because I forgot to bring a lunch.  Monthly savings – approx. $150
  • Our family goes through a lot of yogurt, like… A LOT.  At some point a few years ago, I started getting really bothered by the amount of plastic yogurt containers we were going through.  So, despite being relatively useless in the kitchen, I decided to start making yogurt instead of buying it.  Since then, I make a batch of yogurt (the equivalent of 6 big yogurt containers) at least once every 2 weeks.  It’s the easiest thing ever (it must be if I can do it!), costs a fraction of the price, and we get to reuse the old yogurt containers I used to feel so guilty about! Monthly savings – approx. $40

What are some of the things that you do that save money (even if that wasn’t your motive)?? Comment below!