I'm four days away from payday and I'm afraid all I can think of these days are my own money woes. Moving to the city, followed by the resounding thud of the economy hitting rock bottom has led to an increased awareness of my spending habits. As my family will gladly tell you, I have never been much of a miser. I prefer to consider my lifestyle as a series of "well controlled indulgences." I'm learning all sorts of fun and creative ways to save money. In my family we like to call it "the stingy bone," which I believe replaces the "funny bone" in those of us some would call "dry." The following is a list of fun ways to save a penny, or kwatcha, depending on your country of origin.
10 signs you might be cheap
1. You mix your laundry soap with water rather than purchase dish soap
2. You design and make your own feminine hygiene products
3. In the heat of the moment you come to and realize you've been screeching at a 60 year old man who is try cheating you out of 10cents for a handful of dried garbanzo beans
4. You consider toilet paper a luxury, not a necessity
5. You wake up in a sweat only to realize your nightmare was real: you really did leave the bathroom light on
6. You wash your hair in the sink instead of showering so you don't waste the water
7. Just as the tube of toothpaste looks like it got run over... then you cut it open
8. Instead of just buying more oil you just keep using the questionable stuff sitting at the bottom of the frying pan
9. You find yourself internally bargaining when shopping "If I get the wrinkly cucumbers I can have electricity for another 12 hours!"
10. You catch yourself asking the starving child in Africa "Hey, are you going to eat that?"
*no this is not a plea for money, seriously, don't send it
** ok, some of these might be a slight exaggeration