What Not to Scrimp On


I’m cheap and proud of it, even when my friends tease me about it. Though, there are some things that even I have learned are not worth scrimping on. Here are four of them:

Therapy: I have several friends who know they need therapy and even say the want it, but they claim they can’t afford it. Having gone to several therapists myself over the years, I know that it can strain a budget. However, I believe that for those of us who need it, we can’t afford not to. Even if you need to eat out two fewer times per month or spread your sessions out to once every quarter, find a way to get in front of a talented therapist. It can improve your life to the point that your entire o


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14 Responses to What Not to Scrimp On

  1. d.a. says:

    Feminine Hygiene products: have you thought about using cloth menstrual napkins? Once you get over the squick factor, they’re easy to use, soft, and save a ton of money. I keep a few disposables in my work desk and purse for emergencies, but otherwise, I really enjoy the savings from washable pads.

  2. HAR HAR HAR just got to the end of the article HEE HEE HO HO HO *whew*

    anyway, Hip Hip Hooray on the shoe point. I gotta take that advice and rrressssissssst the cheap ones.

  3. Fred333 says:

    You are write about not scrimp on condoms. I had a scare a couple of years back and that really opened my eyes to quality latex.

  4. princessperky says:

    I have to second the comment on feminine products..find a brand you like and stick with it!

  5. baselle says:

    Third the comment on feminine products – I had an issue with the ahem, fit, of generic tampons.

    Not to mention you can always repurpose a small tampon box as a money hiding place. Better than a cookie jar – no thief is gonna stick his hand in that!

  6. Amanda says:

    Feminine Hygiene products:

    Diva Cup. It costs a little more up front than a box of tampons or pads, but it’s reusable for a good long time (I’ve heard at least five, some people say up to 10 YEARS). It’s made from medical grade silicon that can be sterilized, so it’s more sanitary than tampons. You can wear it for up to 12 hours, and it holds as much fluid as three tampons. It’s completely comfortable and very secure. Check it out! You’ll love it!

  7. hank says:

    I find myself getting cheaper and cheaper each day… Is it a disease??? good grief!

  8. Ann says:

    I second the diva cup.

  9. otis says:

    Therapist? Oh yeah…but wait…those are called friends. Much cheaper than some wacked-out shrink and they’ll actually help you break stuff to get through the frustration.

  10. Carol says:

    Excellent post. Made me laugh. I am past the time of the feminine hygine products and condoms but agree, not there are things to scrmp on. I have a cousin who one month was broke and decided not to buy her birth control pills and had a baby nine months later.

    I will not scrimp on meals at home. I spend time looking at ads each week to shop loss leaders

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  12. Cindy M says:

    Was expecting a comprehensive serious list here; you crack me up.

    1. I’m way past the feminine hygiene products and condoms, praise the Lord. Tried the cup thing years ago and was frankly grossed out, went back to the pad thing. We’re talking years ago. Thank God for menopause.

    2. Therapy: Save your hard-earned money and join a local church. I cannot stress this enough. The self-esteem/obsession thing is overrated and destroys good people. Better to learn it truly IS far more rewarding to put yourself in a position to help somebody else with REAL problems and in the process it will take your mind off yourself, always a good thing.

    3. Good shoes: For years, I’ve been able to pick up good leather shoes and boots at thrift stores and garage sales.
    Ditto good wool jackets, skirts and coats. Stick with classic styles and you save a bundle.

  13. Vivian Sauter says:

    I can add another four to your list: Never search for bargains on parachutes, scuba equipment, tattoos and vitamins.

  14. Mary Ann says:


    Several good points…I want to reinforce your point about shoe value. The quality of our shoes, especially for pairs we wear frequently, affects not only our energy levels, but our physical health. Remember that your feet hold up the rest of your self. They take a pounding, not only from pavement, but from the weight of your body and the types of moves you make, such as running, jumping, even skipping for joy – as well as the types of moves you don’t make – the longer you sit in one place, the more blood pools in your feet and this can cause swelling and discomfort. It can affect your ability to balance and walk until you move around for a while after standing up. And of course all these effects increase with age. They are moderated by good shoes that support your arches and stabilize your ankles – and plenty of these types of shoes can be found in great styles. Shop for normally higher-priced brands of shoes at discount shoe stores and in catalogs as well as at sales.

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