I’ve spoken many times about scheduling and how precious my time is. Just last week I talked about how I get things done via prioritizing. Since this is a personal finance blog (most of the time) I figure we should probably throw some money in the mix, money and how I like to spend it because I simply don’t have time to do everything.
Thank You Pinterest
I don’t think I need to explain what Pinterest is to anyone, but in case you’re unfamiliar, it is a website organizing tool that allows one to ”pin” pictures on ”boards” to organize thoughts, ideas, plans, anything you want in the world. It’s pretty amazing but what it’s the very best of is making regular, everyday people like me feel like less of a woman, wife, mother, blogger, friend. Kidding aside, Pinterest is full of ideas that sort of blow my mind. I’ll admit that I usually start repinning things like a mad woman planning my weekends to include my 257892 newly pinned ideas but ultimately don’t end up doing any of them.
DIY or Sanity?
I’m always intrigued by how and why people save money. It’s a huge reason why I started this blog, to share the commonalities and relate with others, so in this aspect Pinterest can sort of be an awesome tool. Search ‘money saving tips’ and you’ll get thousands of pins, but if I’m being honest, I don’t have time for half this shit.
I don’t have the patience or, more importantly, time, to make and use my own laundry soap. While I may save oodles of money in my lifetime of doing laundry, smart people invented laundry soap that I can buy at almost any store for people just like me.
Paint my nails to match the Sistine chapel. Do any of you women actually do this?! If I really needed my nails done that fancy, I’d be paying someone to do it.
Make my own baby wipes/cloth diapers etc. Yeah, not happening. I buy baby wipes and use disposables. If it makes you feel any better I recycle and compost almost everything else. I pay for baby wipes, or at the very least baby facecloths for wiping and disposable diapers. I’m way too busy to cloth diaper properly.
Clean my entire house with vinegar. I’ll admit it’s pretty tempting to buy a two liter jug of white vinegar to satisfy all my cooking and cleaning needs for the year (at less than $3 per jug) but know what? I don’t like my house smelling like a giant jar of pickles. I enjoy the smell of cleaning supplies, so I buy them!
I may get daggers shot at me through the computer for this one, but car detailing. Our vehicle is a MESS. There are crumbs in every tiny nook and crany of our vehicle (thank you kiddo and road trips). I tried to vacuum the vehicle and it honestly didn’t look like I did anything. Kill me now but I am going to pay someone else to clean it. What would take an ENTIRE day to clean I can have someone else do for me while I’m being productive doing other stuff, like making money.
Some conveniences in life are worth it. Laundry soap is one of them for me. I often think about how better my time can be spent and these are things I could’t be bothered doing. Some for time-saving purposes, others, because I simply don’t want to do it.
What do you spend money on in spite of your frugality?