To Save Where No Man Has Saved Before

by David Bakke

Before we begin, I just want to let you know that this is one of those posts that is just as much about asking for information as it is providing information.  I guess what I am trying to say is—I need your help.

I got into this whole frugal living thing a few years back.  I have gotten more and more into it of late, and recently, it seemed to me that I am really saving everywhere that I can possibly save.

Actually, I thought I had gotten to that point several months back. Back then, I really began to think to myself—is it possible to get to the point that you are saving everything there is to save?  Can you get to the point to where there is no area left in your life in which you can impact in some financial sense?

Well, whenever I get to the point of seriously pondering this question, there always seems to come along some idea or some technique of saving that I have not yet incorporated into my life.  And when I say this, I am not speaking about getting to the point of actually being “cheap” or to the point of where I am sacrificing any kind of quality in my life in order to save a few pennies.  I am referring to genuine ways of saving that I had not yet put into place in my life.

So, as I said, this post is as much about asking for information as it is providing information.  What I would like to know is…have you got to the point to where you think you have saved all you can save?  And if not, what are some of the ways that have come a long recently that you have put into place in your life?  What are some of the ways you are saving that are really creative, or really intuitive?

Recently, I got into the realm of making my own household cleaners.  I had always resisted because I did not believe you could actually save money by doing it, and I also thought it would be too time consuming. I was wrong on both ends.  You can save money by doing it and it really doesn’t take that much time.

I also recently figured out a way to cut down my weekly trip to my national grocer to once every two weeks.  This does not so much save me money as it does save me about 45 minutes out of each week.  This might not seem like much but it is huge to me, because the way my life is now, any kind of time that I can “create” in order to work more on my side businesses, the more income I generate.  So this idea was huge.  It really just involved stocking up on the things that I buy from that grocer.

Also, I recently cancelled text messaging from my cell phone.  You may or may not believe this, but I have never sent a text message in my life. I don’t even know how to do it.  Regardless, this did not stop my cell phone company from charging me fifteen cents each I received a text message.  It was costing me $3-$4 per month.  By cancelling, I saved myself almost fifty bucks a year.

So, there you have it.  A few of the most recent new ways that I have found to save in my life.  I am anxious to see what kind of responses I get from my readers and visitors.  I would love to find a new “gem” out there that I can throw into my life.

Obviously, your comments and feedback and ideas would be greatly appreciated below.


1 Cassie September 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I am very glad I found you! It has recently become my mission as well to save in every area possible. And my mind ponders this all day long, every day. I know exactly what you mean and where you’re coming from. It has nothing to do with being cheap. And believe me, I LOVE spending money, and have NO problem doing it!!!!!! What started this for me is that I work in a finance company. And I talk to people about their credit, their assets and their finances every day. I can’t believe how much people spend in interest rates and charges throughout their life. People could LITERALLY be millionaires if they didn’t spend what they do. My goal isn’t to become a millionaire, but rather to use my money more effectively for myself, and not paying other people as much as I have in the past… So I am very glad I found you. I will be checking in on you and your journey often.

Good luck!

2 David September 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm


I’m very glad I found you too.

Thanks for all your kind words–I wish you luck and I’ll be checking on your journey as well too!

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