In the past two years, I have managed to cut about $15,000 worth of expenses from our budget. I’ve downgraded my hair stylist, I’ve limited my mani-pedis, I started couponing, we cut our cable bill from $110 to $20, etc, etc.
I have become the queen of bargain shopping.
But despite all this, there are some things I am just not willing to negotiate on. (and yes, I so just ended a sentence with a preposition, but whatever).
I get so much slack from my mom about my inability to sew. My mom has tried to teach me…several times. But I just don’t have the patience! Also, I don’t even own a needle and thread–and you don’t have to buy just one thread–you have to buy several! For whatever color you need to sew. I feel like the couple of bucks that I would spend on the thread–I could just drop it off at the cleaners and have them do it.
I have a bra with a broken strap that I loved, but I have not worn it in like a year and a half because I’m too lazy to sew it and too embarrassed to take it to the cleaners. Whenever my grandmother from Mexico visits, I save all my sewing items and give them to her to sew. Is that lazy or what?
Getting my toe nails done
I no longer go twice a month to get a mani-pedi–but I still go about every two months to at least get a pedicure. I went from spending about $60 on mani-pedis every month to spending about $15 on just a pedicure every other month. I hate painting my own toe nails. I just hate it. I love my manicurist too, she just does a fantastic job.
My mom has painted my toe nails and I’ve really tried to paint my own toe nails, but it’s just not the same. I love my pedicures. And really $15 is not that big of a deal for something that brings me so much pleasure. I’m actually going on about 3 months now without a pedicure, and I’m thinking next weekend is perfect!
It’s $10. And it is so much easier to get this done than to pluck my own eyebrows. I am seriously just too lazy. I pluck in between waxes just to make them last a little longer, but I still get an eyebrow wax about once every two months.
According to my budget, we’ve spent a little over $600 on Bentley this year. I’m surprised by how low the number actually is (but I think I include his dog treats into our normal grocery bill). But still $600 is a good chunk of change that we didn’t spend on ourselves. We also buy him the uber expensive no-grain Innova Evo brand of dog food, because nothing is too good for our pup.
What are your non-negotiables?