Living well on less
So today, I was watching a few morning shows, and since each is as equally boring as the next, I landed on CBS’s Early Show when they announced simple ways to save a LOT of money. I mean, who WOULDN’T stop there? And they go on to announce that, yes just as I thought, I was wasting a LOT of money, gobs and gobs infact, by using too much shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, sunscreen AND moisturizer. Like couldn’t believe that in fact, on an annual basis, I could save at least $250 dollars if I cut my usage of these products in half. Well, that got my brain to thinking, what ELSE could I cut in half? And how much would THAT all amount to? So, I came up with a list, a list I might use to continue to cut and save:
1) Deoderant: I usually do at least 3 swipes under each pit. Cutting down by 60%, well not only would I save at least, what $10 annually, but I figure I’d save at least $500 because I’d no longer be invited to dine, go to parties, or even go to a movie.
2) Light bulbs: I’d live without lights at least half the time, cutting electric bills in half saving not only at LEAST $1000 per year on electric, but $100’s more on anti-wrinkle cream because I’d NO LONGER SEE the wrinkles!
3) Razers: Who needs to shave anyway? Savings: $50 per year. Plus, with all the extra hair on my body I wouldn’t need to buy so many sweaters in winter. Savings = an additional $300
4) Capuccino: No more $4 half caf/half decafs for me. God that’s almost $1000 right there! Plus the bagel add another $450.
5) Happy Hour: $520 per year. OK, but cutting this out, means increasing visits to the shrink which actually cost a lot more than $20 so, ah, this one? Not so good.
6) Lastly, but not leastly, cut back on toilet paper. And with two girls in the family, this is NOT an easy task. We use at least 2-4 rolls a week –at least $200 per year (hey, it’s Manhattan). But the only thing I can’t figure out is, how many squares is the proper usage? 4? 6? 8? Oh hell, I’ll leave the details to you.
WOW! Who knew if you just put your thinking cap on, how much could YOU save?