I’m out of town for a few days at Lake Tahoe in California, skiing with my parents and siblings. And that means my frugal activities have been few and far between.
So, how about some not-so-frugal things?
1. I did not buy my lift tickets ahead of time
It would have been much cheaper to buy my tickets in the fall of 2021, but at that point, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to go.
So, I ended up buying them two days before my flight left, and I basically paid the maximum price.
2. I did not use our Southwest reward points for my flight
Since this is a solo trip, and the Southwest credit card reward points are more of a jointly-owned thing, I opted to use my own personal fun money to pay for my flight.
I skipped upgrading to the early-bird check-in, though. I’m really not that pressed about where I sit on the plane.
3. I rented my skis and boots
Since I’ve only gone skiing two other times in the last 18 years, I’ve been opting to rent equipment.
In the long run, it probably would be better to buy skis and boots. But this way I don’t have to store or maintain any equipment, and I don’t have to take any of it on the airplane either.
So, I suppose this could possibly be a frugal-ish win.
It’s definitely a less-headache win!
And now for two slightly more frugal things:
4. I do own some equipment
I bought goggles, a helmet, and ski pants from Costco a few years ago.
I bought my winter coat on clearance one spring at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and I got my mittens for 50% off (also at Dick’s Sporting Goods, interestingly).
Also, my rolling travel bag was a clearance purchase. And I used my refillable toiletry containers for shampoo and such.
Does this make up for full-price lift tickets? Ummmm, no. Ha.
5. I’m mooching off my parents for lodging
They have kindly rented a condo for all of us, and they have also rented a car. So, I don’t have to cover those expenses.
Do I generally recommend mooching as a frugal strategy? Nope. But sometimes it is good to let other people bless you, particularly when they offer something as a gift.
Really, I mainly wrote this post so that there would be a place for you all to share your weekly five frugal things. I’ll be back to frugal living next week!