Few years back, when we decided that it is time to buy a camcorder, I was not aware of frugal living. All I knew was that I need to buy a camcorder without affecting my bank balance.
I had the money in my checking account to buy several camcorders, but wanted to have it without spending my bank balance or credit limit. I termed it, in that sense, as ‘Money Discovery’.
We considered many ideas to discover the hidden wealth, I researched about eBay and Craigslist, noted down many tips to become successful seller. We surveyed our belongings and listed sale worthy items. We discussed on how we can cut on some of the ‘not so necessary’ expenses, how we can fish some money before it flushes out.
And, after 4 months of deprivation, we finally treated ourselves with a camcorder
Here are the 5 sacrifices listed
Now at end of 4 months, in my PayPal account I had $476, it was enough for the Sony model we were after.
You might wonder, why am I saying this was ‘free’ ? It is not uncommon that do not get enough bothered as long as our monthly expenditure remains constant or declines as compared to previous month’s.
My financial statements showed that I did not increase my spending in last 4 weeks, I had the anticipated money in my checking account what I was supposed to be having after all regular expenses and investments.
It was a camcorder for free!
I spent 2 days bidding for the camcorder under my PayPal balance, including shipping charges. And, when I finally made the winning bid, my wife and I, both smiled, a smile of satisfaction, of achieving a goal, however small it was.
If you have noticed in my other posts, I am not specifically mentioning what you should do or should not do, rather I concentrate on narrating my way of doing things, my way of investing and my way of living frugal. I sincerely hope my readers will find value in this narration and discover the hidden messages themselves. It can be hidden money, hidden wisdom or a hidden opportunity.
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|SB is a husband and working as a software professional for a Fortune 100 corporation in Florida. Thanks for visiting the blog.
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