I just opened up my phone/TV/internet bill, and it was sixteen bucks more than it was last month, so I called the cable company to find out why. And when they explained that I had been under a special promo offer when I signed up three months ago that had now expired, I dropped the HBO and Showtime to get the bill back down to where it was.
Yeah, I'm that person.
I'm the person who will get home from grocery shopping and, upon discovering that I was charged twice for a $5.99 package of chicken, will take my receipt and go right back to the store.
I'm the person who knows who's got the best price on cat food, and whether the extra gas I spend to get to that store will pay itself off in the lower cost. Yeesh. Yeah, that's me.
I'm the asshole ahead of you in line who counts out her change. I'm sorry. I really am.
I clip coupons. I scour store flyers. I buy generic paper towels. I purchase my clothes at thrift stores. I've never owned a brand-new car in my life. My nineteen-inch TV is now twenty years old.
I was raised upper-middle-class, but once I went out on my own, I was low-income for so long that I think this stuff is ingrained in me now.
And honestly? It hurts me to buy something one place, when I know I could get it someplace else cheaper.
I'm not proud of it or anything; actually, it's kind of embarrassing. My name is RockyCat and I'm a cheapskate.
But you know what all those years of scrimping did? It bought me a house.
I never, ever would have been able to save up the money to buy a house if I hadn't already been so used to cutting corners. All I had to do was a cut a little further for a couple of years, and I had my down payment.
Now, of course, I don't own the house. The bank owns the house. But I'm building equity, and someday I will own that house, flat-out.
All thanks to generic paper towels and the thrift store.
How about you? Any good money-saving ideas? Let's hear 'em! Maybe I can save another five cents. Ha.