Here’s a Friday Fun Fact for you:
Well, yes, Matt Dillon does look like Burt (or is it Bert?) from Sesame Street but that’s a different topic for a different day.
The fact for today is that I am CHEAP. There. I said it. (Ok, I typed it but whatever.)
I hate spending full price on anything and in some cases I hate spending money at all. I belong to rewards programs, discount websites, discount warehouses, clubs, groups, apps, and will scan barcodes or share whatever info you request to get that free drink after buying a thousand at full price.
It’s a sickness, really.
Best guess is that this all started when I was a kid. We weren’t rich but I didn’t think that should stop me from wearing kick-ass clothes.
Furthermore, anyone in the Atlanta area ever hear of K&D Shoes? If not, you should read this then quickly drop everything and go. It’s my candy land. Here’s everything you need to know:
K & D Shoe Warehouse
Located at 2240 Dogwood Dr SE
Conyers, GA 30013
Phone: (770) 285-2872
My aunt and uncle own it. (Ask for Dede or Billy and tell them that I sent you so that they know how much I love them. Aaaand maybe I’ll get a free pair of shoes. Disclaimer: my uncle may hit on you if you have boobs.)
That’s right. I have access to a WAREHOUSE full of glorious shoes that I have never paid full price for.
Anyway, that shameless plug is over.
My love of all things wonderful and cheap solidified when I discovered the Apparel Mart. It is AMAZING. Everything was wholesale! I had no idea that places like that even existed!
After that it was over. My life changed forever. Gone was the $100 shirt. Gone was the $400 handbag. Not today, Gucci. Not today.
Now, I love having nice clothes and accessories just as much as anyone else. I love being in shape. I love eating at restaurants and traveling and experiencing the finer things in life. But I feel like there is a war raging on our beautiful planet. Me vs. Those Who Want My Money.
I have a finite amount of money. We all do. And in order for someone to make money, money has to be taken from someone else. So whoever I choose to give my money to better offer me something that I can’t do for myself and that I know I can’t get for less money and same or better quality somewhere else.
Here is a list of items I refuse to spend any money at all on (for the most part):
I may on occasion go to a blow-out bar and get my hair done but that’s only when I need to feel pampered. Any other time I do it myself and save $50.
I will, however, spend whatever I need to in order to get a glorious haircut. Although, as it turns out, I don’t have to spend all that much. My stylist just opened a new salon called RUUT in Cumming, GA. If you live within 1000 miles I highly suggest you visit Nicole. She is AH-MAY-ZING. And she is very reasonably priced!
My nails I prefer to do myself. Pedicures are pretty much torture for me because I hate for my feet to be touched. Manicures are just odd.
Do I look the person in the eye while they are rubbing my forearm with lotion? Do I look away? I’m confused and this is awkward. How ‘bout I just paint my own nails and go get a massage if I feel the need to relax… I can’t give myself a back massage so I’ll spend money on that.
Personal trainers are wonderful. They help people get fit and provide motivation and accountability. But I can do all that on my own. I trained to be a body builder/fitness model just long enough to learn what to do. Doesn’t mean I’ll do it, but I KNOW what to do.
I’ve used a trainer once in the past 5 years. The session ended up more of a partnership with me showing him some workouts that I’ve learned over the years and then we challenged each other to see how many crunches we could do.
Recipes are something I refuse to pay for. There are so many free apps and recipes on the internet, meal plan builders that can help you plan for weeks of healthy, balanced meals. I refuse to pay for someone to tell me what I already learned after weeks of excessive Googling when I decided to learn how to cook and get healthy.
Can I give myself a massage? No. Can I make myself a movie? No. (Well, technically I guess I could but it would take too long and wouldn’t be very good.) I’ll spend money on things I can’t do for myself.
Here is a list of things that I will spend a discounted amount of money on:
Although, one thing I’ve noticed is that with a lot of things you do get what you pay for. A Balenciaga handbag is typically going to last longer than one I’ve purchased for $10 at Sam Moon. A pair of Louboutins will generally last longer than a pair of shoes I’ve purchased at Target for $25. But here is my reasoning behind spending less on a product that may be less quality:
If my child runs at me full-speed and breaks his fall on my $10,000 handbag, I’m going to instinctively take that loss out on my child for being a kid. I’ll be sad that I’ve wasted $10k, I’ll be sad that the bag is broken… then I’ll feel bad for getting upset that my child was being a child.
HOWEVER, if my little love nugget breaks the $10 bag, no big deal. I can get 2 more. I don’t bat an eye and my instinct is to pick up my clumsy little darlin’ and tickle the tears away.
If my dog chews up a pair of $200 shoes I’ll be pretty pissed. If she chews up a pair of $25 shoes I’ll still be pissed but not as much.
I don’t ever want things to have more value than my relationships with people. Or salsa. I’d hate to have to give up salsa so that my $200 shirt stays clean. Lol, that’s funny. I’ll never give up salsa.