Michael on January 12th, 2009
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As my wife and I got ready for bed last night I pushed on the top of the soft-soap dispenser.  Out came a solution roughly composed of 95% water and 5% soap.  I looked at my wife.  She started laughing.  And then I knew what happened.

My three (AND A HALF!) year-old daughter has found a new hobby – pouring water into soap dispensers.  According to my beloved, it’s been theoretically addressed but according to my hands not so much in practice.

My wife, in jest, suggested I use the experience as a savings tip.

“A savings tip from hell,” I responded.

So here now, are the Top 7 Most Annoying Ways to Save Money (exclusively from personal experience):

  1. Save on the electric bill by living through an ice storm and losing power for two days.
  2. Save on taxes by selling investment positions which have plummeted during this year’s financial crisis.
  3. Save on groceries by getting severe gastro-thing that’s going around and not wanting to eat for two days.
  4. Save on babysitter by getting severe gastro-thing that’s going around and not wanting to leave house for two days.
  5. Save on liquid hand soap by enlightening a three (AND A HALF!) year-old child in the wonders of chemistry – see above.
  6. Save at a “restaurant” because the Burger King was out of burgers, french fries and, upon further questioning, sandwich buns and “everything besides soda.”
  7. Save on food by eating leftovers which have definitely not gone bad but definitely would have tasted far better three days earlier.

Remember, it’s not just about how much you save, it’s also about how you save. Don’t be cheap, be fiscally responsible.  This is how I do it.

What are some of the most annoying ways you’ve saved money?

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3 Comments to “Seven Annoying Ways to Save”

  1. DoneToZen says:

    Social security? :P

    In all seriousness, we actually do #5 regularly – maybe not a 95/5% solution but more like a 40/60% mixture. I personally have not noticed any difference.

  2. Michael says:

    @DoneToZen: Okay the Social Security suggestion is definitely the number one answer – nicely done!

    As to the soap, I imagine it’s more workable when you’re doing it yourself (not having someone else make that decision) so you’re not surprised at what’s coming out. Plus, at 95-5, what comes out feels like dirty water. Yuck.

  3. Nice post
    Everyone can save money in small and seemingly insignificant areas if you know how and where to do it.
    These are all great ideas
    Great tips! I’ll be coming back to learn more about saving money!

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