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.
Do leave a comment if you want to share your opinion about my small financial success. Interested readers, if you want to read about other topics of interest, do share with me. I will be happy to research and write for you.
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Yes blogs do provide useful information free of cost, if we charge then no one will read, as magazine powerhouses do provide many such information for free any way. I have a day job, I am not dependent on add revenue. But some people out there quit their day jobs to concentrate on writing. Blogs are a good vehicle to earn living.
If you want to share your experience, you are welcome to be my guest author.
Thank you so much Jeremy
Thank you all of you for your nice and kind comments. Do point out the scope for improvements too. I will consider my job well done if I repeatedly receive your comments. You guys are proving to be the real energy booster at this moment.
Thanks Louis, it might be due to my background of British English, from my home country. Really appreciate your liking.
Thanks for your comments. I would appreciate if you write your own experience if you want to share with other readers. Be my guest writer.
It feels nice to get recognition, thank your for your time and nice post
Thank you Momochi
Thank you for helping me reaching out to masses. I am grateful to you for forwarding to your friends.
thanks Avis for your encouraging remarks!
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This is very educative. The way you achieved is not new or unique, but need a good amount of tenacity. If I see it clearly, you really paid for the camcorder, in terms of time and energy. Which is required to earn money. So I won’t say You got really for free
I am glad that you liked it. here are other posts as well on this blog, do read them and make use, if possible.
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