There are many, many, many blogs and vlogs on the internet talking about how to save money, etc. I know that I am swimming in a sea of many. When I first began looking for ways to improve my financial life I, like you, jumped on the internet seeking pearls of wisdom. I didn’t even think about all the nonsense that I would encounter. Now that I have been on this path for several years, I have some pearls of my own I would like to share. Hence, this blog and the videos linked with it. This blog entry, however, is about some of the ridiculous that the internet has to offer. I don’t know the exact sites I got some of this from but it is all out their multiple times over anyways because people seem to not be writing their own stuff. Here at iFAM, I am the only writer. It is my story, after all. So, without further ado, here is my list of the 5 worst pieces of advice that I have come across so far.
- Chew gum instead of eating food.
I think this deserves to be at the top of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of for saving money. Let’s start with the fact that the gum has zero nutrition in it and that eating food is to give your body the nutrition it needs to sustain life. Gum will not sustain your life. It can mess up your teeth forever and cost you a small fortune to repair. Now, before you get all excited about me banning gum, I used to chew it all the time. I would work out my stress and anxiety on gum. My dentist has since convinced me that it isn’t the best thing for me. For the purpose of using it instead of food though? All I can do is shake my head. Please eat real food and do not try to substitute nutrition with gum. You are not saving money but instead you are causing harm to yourself that would be costly if even possible to repair.
- Re-insulate your home.
This is a poor money saving “tip” for the same reason a bidet is a poor tip. Re-insulating your home can be costly. Even if you are doing it yourself it can cost approximately $22 for every 31 sq ft. That is currently one roll from a home improvement store. That’s not even taking into consideration the insulation rating, code in your area, and how would you magically get that behind the drywall. Now, if you have about $500 that you can spare then re-insulating your attic is not a terrible idea. It is fairly simple to do it with some you tube videos and make sure you are within your areas code. But if you are counting every penny than you are not in the position to be able to do that.
- Buy 2-ply toilet paper and make 1-ply.
I would rather just use the 2-ply. I am using it for the purpose of wiping my butt. I really don’t want to have a mishap during that activity. I buy my toilet paper from Costco and I really like the Kirkland brand. It doesn’t feel cheap and the price is unbeatable for what you get in quality. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something I am going to literally flush down the toilet but I also will not be choosing to use “cowboy” toilet paper either. I want a clean rear but I don’t intend to pay an arm and a leg for toilet paper. Also, I fail to see how much less toilet paper you will actually use by doing this. I don’t find it a reasonable tip and I instead see it as more work than the value you possibly get in return.
- Forage for food and dumpster dive.
I can understand that there are some people that are in a position where they have to dumpster dive or even forage. I’m not exactly against it I just don’t recommend it if it isn’t necessary for you to do it in order to stay alive. Let’s say that you decide to forage for some food. You go out into the woods and grab poem wild strawberries. Then you eat them and you get ill in your stomach. Well, this happens to be poisonous. Not everything in the wild is safe for human consumption and you will need a working knowledge in order to stay safe. Don’t get yourself in the hospital over a few dollars saved by picking berries. If you have knowledge of what is safe and what is toxic than by all means forage away. As far as dumpster diving goes there is a need to be safe there too. people throw all kinds of objects in the trash. Unfortunately, a lot of food waste is found in the dumpster that could have been rerouted to feed hungry people that can’t afford to feed themselves. If you can afford to buy food then you should. These extremes should be reserved for times of absolute need.
Bonus items: Make your own shampoo, conditioner, wrapping paper, and greeting cards.
I do not see the benefit of making these items when you can buy them for a dollar at the dollar store. I don’t believe that the savings incurred are worth the effort put in to get them. I have made my own laundry detergent and dish washer soap. I believe that it is less expensive and fairly easy to make. As far as shampoo, conditioner, wrapping paper, and greeting cards though I will just keep it simple and go to the dollar store. Check out my blog on what I buy at the dollar store to see more about it.