I like a great deal as much as the next person. OK, maybe a little more than the next person! Using coupons, shopping the sales, finding unique items at thrift shops and garage sales; and making my own DIY projects are some of the ways I like to save money. However, I have found a few things I won’t cut back on.
By saving money on purchases, I find I have less clutter in my life. I’m able to live on a budget, meet goals and use money for experiences – rather than things. My list of items I won’t cut back on does not include what I consider necessary life items, such as having health insurance or routine dental visits.
I Won’t Cut Back on…
1) Good Coffee: I’ve tried McDonald’s McCafe and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and I just cannot get on board. (Please don’t hate me.) Maybe I’ve been drinking Starbucks for too many years now, but for chain coffee, Starbucks is still my go-to. I also appreciate visiting local coffee shops. I do try to cut back on how often I purchase a freshly-brewed coffee (once or twice a week now) versus brewing coffee at home. But I do mostly stick to Starbucks whole-bean coffee for at home.
2) High-Quality Running Shoes: As I start my training for the Cleveland Marathon 8K, I am in dire need of new running shoes. I purchased my last pair in 2013 or 2014. When I was running regularly I would purchase new running shoes at least once or twice a year. Good running shoes are integral to comfort and performance while running and I’m not willing to increase my risk of injury due to inadequate shoes.
3) Salon Haircuts: I wish I could get by with going to Great Clips or Supercuts for less expensive haircuts but I just can’t. I’m also just a little bit jealous of my friends with straight hair who are able to get a salon haircut only once or twice a year! My hair is thick and wavy and it takes a salon hairdresser to tame it. My salon haircut is now a reoccurring appointment on my calendar, and it’s budgeted for.
4) Paint: I am a die-hard Sherwin-Williams fan. I’ve tried paints from the “big box” stores for my home painting projects and they just do not do. They go on watery, don’t provide adequate coverage and let brush marks show. I also value supporting a local company, as Sherwin-Williams is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, where I live. For primer, my go-to is Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3.
What are the items you won’t cut back on?