Who doesn’t like a game of Truth or Dare?
I know I do. So today I want to entice you in a game of frugal truth or dare. I like the game because everyone who participates ends up winning! Can I count you in?
You just need to have the determination to spend wisely and a drive to save more and more.
Truth: Frugal people like bargains
Dare: The next time you need an item of furniture, I dare you to buy from a second-hand shop or re-purpose another item of furniture or even better, ask someone you know of who is about to throw out some furniture. It might mean you have to dabble in some creativity which perhaps is not your style, but you are required to step out of your comfort zone for this dare.
Truth: Frugalists practice the mantra ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’
Dare: I dare you to do the following in one day and report on it by sending us a comment after you have done it: reduce your use of at least one item in the kitchen, reuse an item of packaging and recycle an item from home you had planned on throwing out. Go on. It’s time to practice what you preach.
Truth: Frugal people spend little and save a lot.
Dare: I dare you to have a no spend week! ‘Not possible’ I hear you say. WRONG!! This again might mean some creativity but it can be done. I think we are just too accustomed to having our debit cards that we just whip out to pay for stuff without even giving it serious thought. This past Christmas I tried this out. I’m fortunate and blessed to have a number of skills including craft and various art forms. So my debit card was purposely locked away. I made Jamaican Christmas cakes, blankets and scarves and sold these. The proceeds from these items were used for my purchases throughout the two-week Christmas break! Ka-ching!
Truth: Frugal folks like to know that they get value for money.
Dare: So here’s my dare, next time you purchase something and you are not satisfied with the quality of a product you purchase, complain, take it back, email or call in. Don’t accept poor quality for your hard earned money. Who knows, complaining might end in your having a pleasant surprise. Read my text here where it paid off several times when I complained.
Truth: Smart frugal people don’t pay more when they could pay less.
Dare: Haggle! Yep, next time you are on holiday abroad, haggle! In some countries, it is like an unwritten law! They expect it of you! Don’t let them down! Half of the excitement in this situation comes about when you know you have haggled down the price. I bought several lovely handbags and other items in Turkey the last time I was on holiday there.
Truth: Couponing is a fun frugal pastime that saves millions of people lots of money.
Dare: If couponing is a ‘thing’ in the country where you reside, participate. I love the idea and the only reason I don’t take part is that it is not a ‘thing’ in the country where I now reside. But I believe you should go for it, and when you have, tell us about the experience.
Now I am sure if you have taken on this challenge you will agree that you are a winner. There are lots of other ways to win at this game. Take a look at these 101 ways, and get winning this game over and over.