Posted by Tim Stobbs on August 15, 2013
After a while it is tempting to say that saving or earning more gets boring. After all, you cut back on your bills, alter your spending habits, earn more and learn a lot of new skills what is left to do? Nothing and everything.
In truth, after cutting back and learning to live on less you do tend to hit a wall where in fact you don’t have to do anything more to save money. Yes, there are a few small things left, but all the big stuff is over and done. You have nothing left. Instead of getting bored myself, I instead gave myself permission to try experiments on everything.
Case in point, only a tiny fraction of things I try end up on this blog. In the last few weeks I’ve tried the following: making my own apple juice, turning that juice into hard cinder, making homemade ice cream without a machine, trying out a deodorant stone, making my own vanilla extract…the list never ends. Why? Because I like trying things out that have low cost barriers. I enjoy playing around with new things either food, drink, lifestyle or otherwise.
This isn’t to say that my lab experiments always works. There has been some flops and problems on these experiments, but I’m a curious guy and I enjoy doing them. Case in point the first batch of apple juice was more like apple sauce…I cooked it too long. The side benefit of doing these things is occasionally I do come across something that works well and saves me a bit more money like the deodorant stone (yes there is a plan to write a post on that).
Beyond that my imagination is my only limitation on saving more or getting better quality things at the same or lower cost. Or alternatively, buying something more expensive if it will last a really long time (and having a lower per year cost).
Do you keep looking for ways to save or not? If so, how do you go about your experiments?