The Incredible Power of Frugality

Sometimes, all this thrifty stuff, frugality, and general tightwaddery (probably not a real word) can wear on you.  Sometimes, you think, “Hey, can the 75 cents I save on electricity by air drying my laundry really help?”  If you think about it that way, it’s hard to justify.  For example, if you run 4 loads of laundry a week, that’s 3.00 a week, or $156 a year.  Unless you’re living really close to your income limit, $156 over a whole year seems like a lot of trouble.  But, for the sake of argument, let’s do a little calculation:

Let’s say you do stop using the dryer.  That will come up to $156 dollars a year.

But then let’s say you discover that making your coffee at home saves you about $6 a week.  Then you discover that if you just cut off your entertainment center when you’re not using it that it saves another $1 per week.  Now we’re up to a total savings of $520 a year.

Not too bad but let’s see if we can do better…

What if you were to find a new tip that saved a measly dollar per week, each week over the course of a year.  That would be $52 a year, 52 times, which comes out to 52 x 52 = $2704.

Whoa.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a vacation to me, or a home improvement, or possibly some extra mortgage payments to help get us out the rat race.  All with one small lifestyle change per week.  Not to shabby, don’t you think?

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