As you may know, the mission of this blog is to discover ways to save time and money every day. You help me by sending me your great tips, tricks and ideas—I help you by boiling it all down for you here. That answers the “what,” but what about the “why”?
Why should anyone be concerned about saving money? Have you ever thought about that? Why do you want to save money? Who cares?
While you’re pondering that for yourself, I thought I’d share with you the ultimate reason that saving money is so important to me, personally.
But first let’s define terms.
“Saving money” has two definitions, which some people use interchangeably:
1) Spending less than I would have because an item is on sale or it’s a particularly good deal as in, “Wow, I just saved $37 on these really cute boots that were regularly priced $225 but we on sale for just $188!”
2) Accumulating money in a safe place as in, “I save $100 a month by having it automatically transferred to my savings account.”
Technically, unless you take that $37 you “saved” on the boots and stash it away into a place where you keep it so you don’t spend it, you’re not really saving anything. You just spending less than you would have if those boots had not been on sale.
So, why do I save money? I see it as a tiered proposition. First my goal is to spend less than I earn so that I have money to save for these purposes:
- To fund my own emergencies
- To prepare for the future when I will no longer have an active income
- To give as much as I can
There it is. Those are the reasons I look for every possible way to save as much money as I can. I guess you could say that I look for ways to save so I really can save.
Author Bruce Larson once said,
“Money is another pair of hands to heal and feed and bless the desperate families of the earth. In other words, money is my other self. Money can go where I do not have time to go, where I do not have a passport to go. My money can go in my place and heal and bless and feed and help. A man’s money is an extension of himself.”
That’s true of your money only if you’re willing to part with it. Or as Thornton Wilder put it,
“Money is like manure. If you let it pile up, it just smells. But if you spread it around, you can encourage things to grow.”
I have no idea how many of my readers have taken to making their own laundry detergent, which by the way is better than any name brand laundry product I know of and a whole lot cheaper, too! It must be tens of thousands given the feedback I’ve received. Those of you who do this are saving at the very least about $.20 with each load of laundry. Sounds like peanuts, doesn’t it? Just two wo thin dimes.
Do a rough calculation to see how many loads of laundry go through your washer every week. For me it’s least five, or $.20 x 5 = $1.00. Multiply that amount by 52 (my case: $1 x 52 = $52). That’s respectable, but doesn’t make any of us gasp.
Now, let’s say that 10,000 readers are making their own laundry detergent, each of them not spending $52 each year as they once did on a commercial detergent: $52 x 10,000 = $520,000. I knew the answer but still that makes me gasp.
My point? Never underestimate the power of saving money—both in spending less, stashing it into a safe place in order to spread it around to do good in the world.
Question: What does “saving money” mean to you?