Things I Will Not Do To Save Money

I love saving money, who doesn’t? On Tuesday, I shared some pretty unusual lengths I will go to if it means saving money. In the same vein, I thought it would be fun to share where my limits are. I think it’s good to know your limits so that you don’t drive yourself crazy. It’s smart to save money but please don’t go to obnoxious lengths where your family and friends don’t want to be around you! Some money saving tactics people employ border on stealing and they’re so unethical. Even if you’re not breaking the law, I think you’re just inviting bad karma. With that said, these are things I most definitely will NOT do to save money.

Sneak Condiments from Fast Food Restaurants

Um, yeah, some people actually do this. When they go to McDonald’s or Burger King, they grab extra ketchup packets to refill the bottle they have at home. If you’re that hard up for money, maybe you shouldn’t be eating at McDonald’s. How much money are you saving anyway in comparison to all that effort?

I worked in a casual Chinese restaurant in college where the utensils are set up on a counter that’s available to anyone. One day, I saw a lady grab a handful of disposable chopsticks and stuff them in her purse. I asked what she was doing with all those chopsticks. She said she needed them for home. I told her, in that case, she should buy them herself. I got really mad even though it wasn’t my restaurant. I just really don’t like it when people think businesses should somehow subsidize their living expenses. Businesses have to make a living, too!

Stiff Servers on Their Tips

I’m a big believer that you shouldn’t save money at other people’s expense. I have mixed feelings about our tipping culture because it seems to be everywhere these days. Even the smog guys have a tip jar! On the other hand, I do recognize that servers are paid very low wages and they rely on tips to make a living. Plus, I once worked as a waitress and very much appreciated customers who tip. Because of that, I’m not a fan of people who stiff servers.

It’s a well-known fact that tipping at restaurants is customary. If you’d rather not pay it, then eat at home or order takeout. Refusing to tip because you want to save money is very shady behavior.

Return Used/Worn Items

I’m not cool with people who buy something, use it or wear it once and returns it. It’s not nice that you’re letting someone else buy your used item at full price and I think it’s pretty unethical. I’m all for getting a deal but this is not something I would ever consider. This is another instance where people are quick to say, what’s the big deal, businesses make so much money they can afford this. Case in point, I knew of an acquaintance who returned a window A/C after he already used it multiple times! What the heck?!?!

Take Advantage of Friends and Family

Okay, so I don’t believe in stiffing servers in order to save money and I definitely don’t believe in taking advantage of your friends and family. When I go out to eat with my friends, I pay my fair share. I can’t stand people who order the most expensive items on the menu and insist on splitting the bill evenly. Or, when they know that someone else is treating them, they decide to order the entire menu.

I care about my family and friends so I don’t take advantage of them. I know of people who ask to “borrow” money from their parents when they have no intention of paying them back! They’re taking advantage of their parents’ love and generosity and that’s such bad karma.

Reuse Personal Hygiene Products

My mother-in-law told me that on the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates, a couple saves money by reusing floss. The wife flosses first then gives it to her husband. Wow, that’s definitely unconditional love but gross!!! I definitely draw the line when it comes to personal hygiene as I’m not willing to forsake my health just to save a few bucks. The human mouth is a germ fest so I do NOT share toothbrushes or reuse floss. Ick.

Jeopardizing My Health

There are things that I could theoretically do but I choose not to because they would put my health at risk. Instead of enjoying home cooked meals, we can eat frozen meals or order off the dollar menu from McDonald’s for super cheap. Sure, we’ll save on grocery costs but over the long haul, that’s not good for our health. It’s well known that frozen entrees and fast food contain way more fat and sodium than our body needs.

I go to the doctor’s office regularly and follow their advice. It sucks to spend money on co-pays and what not but it’s worth it to me to spend money on my health and well being.

Skipping Toilet Paper

Yes, some people actually forego toilet paper in order to save costs. I have one word for this, eww. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a hassle to buy and store toilet paper and an even bigger hassle when you unfortunately run out. As annoying as it is, I’m not willing to do without it. It seems way too unsanitary.

Are there things you absolutely won’t do even if it means saving money?

We all love to save money, but it's smart to set some boundaries for yourself. Be able to recognize what you will and will not do to save money.