Friday, March 16, 2007

An Experiment

I've decided to do a little experiment here at home. I bought a 14.5 oz bottle of conditioner at the end of February and started using it the first of March. All you really need is just a little tiny amount and only on the hair below your ears (or just the ends). I shower every day and wash my hair, so I'm curious to see how long I can make this bottle hold out.

It's not that we're poor or anything, but I'm just cheap like that. Perhaps I lived during the depression in a different life? LOL. I don't know... all I know is when I start to get cagey feeling about money, I tend to step up my frugal ways.

I'm the executrix of my parents' estate - as some of you know and I think I talked about it in an earlier blog. The biggest issue right now is selling their house. I know the market is kinda sucky right now. But, it's in a great neighborhood, it's a huge house and it's priced right.

I'm still paying for electric and water on that house and there are a couple of larger bills I need to pay as well (the homeowner's dues is one thing). I have the money to pay it, but I HATE to pay large bills. For Buddy's school tuition (which I pay in full before the school year), I wait until the deadline day and then drop the check off at the parish office. So, anyway, I have these BILLS looming over my head and it makes me feel paralyzed. Paralyzed to the point I don't want to pay ANY bills - at all. Thing is, I'm too conscientious to let it go, really, and I'm certainly not going to get stuck paying late fees (yuck), so I pay and I pay on time, but it eats away at me and eats away at me. Even after the check is sent.

In a way, my attitude is helpful. I do all the bill paying activity for our household as well, so even though the Evil Twin works for the State and isn't paid lavishly, we can still maintain our lifestyle on a single income - because I'm a tightwad. LOL. And, it's not like we don't have any fun at all. I scrimp in some areas, so we can afford to join the private pool every summer or belong to the children's museum, etc. We like to go out to eat pretty regularly, too. So, it's not as if we're over here eating beans and rice and Ramen everyday.

I'm going to continue to chintz on conditioner and cut fabric sheets in two. It's a thrill to see how long I can hold out with a product! I'll let you know how I do with that conditioner! :-)


  1. Ah! I KNEW that I adored you for a reason!

    I buy cheap conditioner to use for shaving my legs. A bottle generally lasts 6 months or more. I only buy it on clearance or at the Dollar Tree. (So $1 or less = 6 mos)

    I only fill my detergent cup (liquid - washer) 1/2 way. I don't like the perfume smell, and the clothes get just as clean.

    Hanging out 8 loads/month saves an average of $100 per month. Wash after 9 pm and that increases the savings.

    I have the Complete Tightwad Gazette, and the binding is now worn. I was also directed to a great website known as The Dollar Stretcher , which is EXCELLENT!

  2. Thanks for the link. I also have the Complete TG, which I peruse on a regular basis - I do the same thing on laundry detergent (and dish detergent and toothpaste...etc. LOL.)