I know it sounds dramatic, but my obsession with saving nearly got me physically hurt last week. I’d never thought there was such a thing as being too good at saving or that saving too much could be a bad thing.
“Everything in moderation”, my Gran used to say, and I think that’s true with saving money.
Quite recently, something happened that made me realise I’m prioritising saving above something much more important. It’s really stupid. I could honestly kick myself.
So it’s a really dull story, and I’m glad about that. Because if this story had a different ending, it wouldn’t be very good at all.
How being a real cheapskate could have physically hurt
It’s about a saucepan. Please don’t stop reading yet, I promise it’s short and sweet…
It’s about a saucepan than we’ve had a long time. It’s fair to say our saucepan had seen better days. The base was seeping water a little, so if it hadn’t dried out completely after washing, it would gently hiss on the hob. The handles were plastic, and had started to flake a little underneath. Although it had seen better days, I figured it still had lots more life in it.
Just because stuff has seen better days, doesn’t mean it’s ready to get chucked out though, right? Well, in this case, it was wrong.
Last week when I was cooking dinner, I picked it from the pan stand and the saucepan clattered to the floor, leaving me holding only the handle. Where it had appeared flaky on the outside, it had well and truly crumbled on the inside. Had it held on a little longer, it could have been a pan of boiling water that had clattered to the floor. Another day, and I could have had one of my nieces in the kitchen with me. The thought of what could have been turns my stomach.
And just like that I realised how bloody stupid I’d been. If anything had happened to my husband or to any of my family because I was acting all frugal whilst actually being cheap and not buying a pan, I don’t know how I could forgive myself.
Later, I looked at our other saucepan, the £12 one we got from Ikea 7 years ago. It’s served us pretty well, but the plastic is showing signs of degradation. I was close to keeping it for a bit longer, before reminding myself what had just happened.
It’s just money. Sometimes you have to spend it when you’d rather not
And so, I have bought myself two new pans. Two pans that I should probably have bought a long time ago. Two that will hopefully last a long time- I did my research- but if they need to replaced, I’ll replace them as needed. Once I’ve had chance to thoroughly test them, I’ll let you know what I went for (if they’re any good)!
Whether you’re brilliant at saving or if you’re trying to get your financial act together, don’t forget the things that are important in life. Hint: The answer isn’t money.
I’d love to know if you’ve had any moments where your intended frugality has been cheapness or you’ve realised your money isn’t being put to work on things that are actually important. Surely I can’t be the only person to have been so silly with money?