It’s inevitable. Everyone deals with a frugal foul up from time to time.
In an effort to save a buck or two, you end up costing yourself more money in the long run or end up in a situation that’s way less than ideal.
In this article on MSN Money, Donna Freedman links to several examples of popular frugal living bloggers who missed the mark at one time or another.
I have to say, I personally have made enough frugal foul ups to write a book. It would be a boring and sad book, but it would fit in size-wise with the large reference books currently on your bookshelf. 😉
Just a few of MY frugal foul ups:
My garden– It held such promise. Until every animal, insect and plant disesease available decided to call it home. I was able to get a head of broccoli, one or two tomatoes and a few herbs from it. I won’t do the math on this one, but I’m fairly certain it’s safe to say I did NOT get my money’s worth.
Woodworking – We were going to build things! Awesome things! Furniture! We invested some money in some nice fancy tools and set to work. Seeing as we didn’t even complete the art paper roll holder labeled as “Very Easy” on the woodworking website, I’d say that was a big ol’ waste of money.
Making my own Laundry Detergent – Maybe we’re just exceptionally messy. Perhaps it’s our water. I’m really not sure. All I know is that I’ve tried two different recipes for DIY Laundry Detergent and all I got for my efforts was a burnt out blender. In the end we just wound up with washed dirty clothes and went back to couponing for low priced store bought detergent.
It’s good to try new things. It’s good to find new ways to save money. Don’t give up when things turn out less than ideal though. Dust yourself off and try again. OR find another, easier way to save money.
There are so many ways we cut corners around here, so I try not to get too upset when something doesn’t pan out.
I also think I’m a glutton for punishment. I haven’t quite given up on my lush garden dreams OR my hope to eventually build myself a four poster queen sized bed.
However…I think I’ll stick to buying my laundry detergent ready made from now on thankyouverymuch.
What have been some of YOUR frugal foul ups? Share them in the comments!