“I Spy” a Saving Opportunity

I spy

Just in case you have spotted me checking out all the library books I can find by Walter Wick, best known as co-creator of the I Spy books, I have a confession to make: they’re not really for my kids. I did check out the first one for my son, but while I learned he was too young to concentrate on the detailed compositions long enough to find all the hidden objects, I simultaneously found myself as addicted to these photographic games as I had once been to Minesweeper.

One night after about an hour of discovering thimbles used as firewood buckets and matchstick curtain rods, I began to think about how the process of finding hidden objects in Wick’s books is a lot like finding op


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5 Responses to “I Spy” a Saving Opportunity

  1. ben says:

    Habit is one of the biggest money wasters we all have. It really does pay to look at the way you do things from an outside perspective from time to time. Not doing so ensures that you throw away money.

    By the way, that’s a great photo!

  2. Alexandria says:

    There have been studies that show this too. “Lucky” people are less creatures of habit and more likely to look for opportunities where most people miss them. For example, they are more likely to spot cash on the ground where others would just walk by and not see it.

    Good analogy. I have to say I love I SPY too. I think the kids are getting sick of it, but it’s always my first choice. Guess I am not the only one. 😉

  3. bitina says:

    I understand the philosophy, but how do you actually do this? If you don’t know how to look in the right place, how do you find it? You make it sound easy, but if it were, then we wouldn’t have to look. It doesn’t do any good unless you can teach people how to find these hidden things. If you can’t teach how, then they will always stay hidden.

  4. Shannon Christman says:


    A lot of it comes with practice. Be observant of the world around you, discipline yourself to ask, “How can I save in this situation?”, and don’t give up if you don’t see the answer immediately.

    The more you look, the easier it becomes to find saving opportunities.

  5. Yes, it really does come with practice and being the the frame of mind. We are always looking for savings opportunities in everyday things and have a lot of fun in it.

    My sister is especially good at coming up with ideas for things to do or make from old things. She got into it from reading “The Borrowers” series by Mary Norton. After reading those books a couple of years ago, she started seeing multiple uses in everything. I’d recommend these books to those who wish to get into the mindset of “borrowing” everyday objects to work for you in unconventional ways.

    She wrote a blog post a couple of weeks ago on uses for cardboard food cartons, one of which was turning a Jell-O box into a notebook for me to use as a shopping list notebook, as I do all the shopping in our household and it’s a small size that can fit in my pockets.

    She also recently built a desk and decorated the drawer with a knob salvaged from a steam iron that had be dropped (and broken), Anise spices (which sort of resemble sea stars), and swirls drawn with hot glue. You can see a picture of it in her post called The Frugal Art.

    I’ll have to check out the I Spy books next time I’m at the library. We somehow missed those while growing up. We really enjoyed Where’s Waldo, though. :)

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