I haven't participated in Frugal Friday for a while because I came to a point in my life where I was frugal tipped out. I'd heard it all. I'd done it all. I could tell you which tips were full of crap (making your own fabric softener out of vinegar and hair conditioner? Remind me how that's cheaper than a $3 bottle of fabric softener that actually makes your clothes soft?) I could also tell you which tips worked like a dream.
It got to be old hat so I dropped out of the Frugal scene for a while.
Guess who's back with a piece of UNconventional wisdom about how to save money.
It all started with a hot day and a phone in a sports bra.
Picture it - East Tennessee. Early October.
After taking it into the cell phone store she discovers that boobie sweat is considered water damage and the company won't replace it.
Sad story isn't it? So how did I get out of paying full price for a new phone (those prices you see in the store are discounted with contract renewal - I had just renewed my contract a month prior)?
I know people who like to have the latest gadgets. And aren't afraid to pay for them. When I was explaining my woes, and how boobie sweat is lethal to phones (who knew?), one friend suggested I get an old phone, or a prepaid phone and just stick my SIM card in the back to activate.
The problem was that my old phone was 3 years old (I swear they are built to break after 2 years so you have to renew your contract) and wouldn't hold a charge for 24 hours. Another friend said that she thought she had a phone at home she could give me.
The only catch - it was a Razr from 2007. I explained that the one I killed was a 2008 bottom of the line phone, so a 2007 top of the line model would actually be an upgrade for me.
If they phone worked, why wasn't she using it? Because she had upgrade to a blackberry to get more features.
I saved $50-$100 by knowing someone who wasn't afraid to spend money.
The catch? To get these perks you have to be unashamedly frugal. If they don't know you're cheap, how will they know if you would be offended by their offer?
Also, some friends will mock you. Particularly the ones with a big screen tv. It doesn't bother me. I'd rather have my 5.5 acres paid for than a big tv any way.