In Monday’s post, Debbie M brought up the point that if you figure out what it is you really want when you’re thinking about that Caribbean vacation or whatnot, you can often figure out a way to meet that need much less expensively. (I believe this may be mentioned in YMoYL, but don’t quote me on that.)
And then there’s also strategizing about what makes you happy. If you want to feel pampered, do you need to visit a tropical island? Or would you be just as happy with an in-town spa or fancy hotel, a massage, a facial, or, in my case, fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and a good book? Basically, whenever you’re about to spend money (or time), you can try to back up and figure out what your real goal is and then try to brainstorm if there is any better way to achieve that goal.
That got into a conversation in the comments section: what other ways can you pamper yourself at a lower cost?
Debbie M asks:
And maybe oilandgarlic can share a list of Frugal Substitutes! We can always use more of those! And Flavia, I’d like to hear more examples you’ve found where you can convert more expensive indulgences into cheaper ones.
At grumpy rumblings we are big fans of buying whatever you want at the grocery store, thus saving money from unsatisfying meals out. (Though we do eat meals out!)
We re-read things sometimes instead of buying new. And, in general, reading about things is a nice substitute for inventing a fantasy travel device.
But I dunno… we’re not big Mani-pedi people, so it’s hard to think about what is a substitute for something else and when what we do we’re doing because it is better than something else. We actually prefer staycations.
Donna Freedman had a recent post about having a pretend breakfast cafe with her nieces and nephews as the staff.
Grumpy readership, help Debbie M out– how have you converted expensive indulgences into cheaper ones?