We’ve all probably seen hundreds of lists of ways to save money; but most of the tips tend to be repeats. But I came across this list today, and I liked the unique aspects of some of the tips. ‘Stop smoking’ is one that we’ve heard before, but what about ‘stop tanning’? I know lots of smart, educated, successful ladies – who would never dream of smoking – who pay for several visits to a tanning salon every spring. They’re courting cancer just as if they were smoking, and they’re paying for the privilege. I’ve never been to a tanning bed, and I gave up on the notion of being tan when I was about 12, because my fair skin and freckles don’t lend themselves well to a tanned look. But I like the idea of skipping the tanning bed as a health tip and a frugal tip.
And I love the tip about wearing sensible shoes. To me, Carrie from Sex and the City (love the show, can’t wait for the movie to be out on DVD so I can rent it for a dollar from Redbox!!) is the epitome of someone who never chooses sensible shoes. Was she ever not wearing heels? She couldn’t afford to buy her apartment but she had $40,000 worth of Manolos and Jimmy Choos in her closet. Ouch. My current favorite shoes are a pair of knockoff Keens that came from Payless about two years ago, and cost $25. They’re fabulously comfy, I wear them almost every day, and they’re still going strong after two years. I buy a new pair of running shoes about once a year, and usually spend about $75 – $100. I gave up on heels years ago, and I’m all about comfort when it comes to my feet. Running is hard enough on them, without trying to squeeze them into pointy toed shoes.
Drinking only water, avoiding the drive thru, and eating slowly are some other great tips – not only do they save money, but they’re a lot better for our health than the alternatives.