Posted by Tim Stobbs on July 3, 2008
I’ve often written about being frugal and cutting costs with all sorts of things. So much so that I think people don’t often get to see the other side of what I’m doing. Choosing to spend more in other areas. So here is a few ways I’m not saving money.
- Green cleaners. My wife and I are devoted to the idea that lets not dump more chemicals than I need into the drain. So we’ve been trying out a few different green cleaners to see what works well.
- Recycled paper towel. I’m a sucker for reusing materials. I don’t use a lot of paper towel to begin with (hello a rag works great for most things) but when I do I buy the recycled paper type. Yes it costs more I don’t care.
- CSA share. I recently managed to by shear dumb luck get signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program part way into a season. Usually the deal is pay in advance for the entire season and then you get fresh veggies weekly from late May until the end of Oct. I lucked out that some of the original sign up people backed out so the farmer had enough extra product he figured he could squeeze me in for the rest of the season. You also take the risk that the veggies don’t get killed off in a storm since you have paid in advance. Cost for mine is $10/week and I get some choice depending what is available during the season. Fresh local veggies. Mmm. Yes it costs a bit more than the store but I know my food only travel about a hour from the farm to my table rather the the usual average 15+ hours of travel time.
- Low VOC and Solvent Paint. When my wife was just pregnant with our last son she had a very sensitive nose so we tried out a low VOC solvent paint. I LOVED IT! Honestly I’m never going back to the old style of paint again. It looks great and nearly no paint smell in the house. It costs a bit more but it is so worth it!
So where do you spend your money?