Cheap is not necessarily better value, but for those of us on a strict budget, finding a ‘cheaper option’ can be.
It’s not just food and household items like toilet tissue, kitchen roll and the like either.
Hubby and I live cheaply. Everything we do is money conscious, but since negative equity all those years ago when we had to literally count every penny, it has become the norm for us.
We’re not cheapskates, OK, maybe a little bit, but we don’t waste anything. However, if something needs to be replaced, we can usually cover it.
I remember my MIL deciding to buy a new washing machine because the one she had, even though it was less than two years old, annoyed her as it beeped when the cycle was finished.
She settled on a model by a well known make to the tune of nearly £700 from one of the posh white goods retailers and the installers took the old one away so she didn’t have to worry about disposal (and neither did we).
The first time she used it, she wasn’t happy because she didn’t know when it had finished.
What made us laugh was the fact that we had just purchased a new washer ourselves for £200, and apart from the name on the front, it was identical to the one she had as our brand was actually a subsidiary of hers.
It was still going strong when we sold it with the bungalow in 2007.
Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge