Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Over the last couple weeks I’ve had a series of wake up calls from reality. Reality tells me I’m way too old fashioned and outdated for a technology world. I’m a vintage person living in a disposable society. When I was young loyalty to a product or a company had great value. Apparently the way people live today requires lots of disloyalty and frequent changes. Absolutely everything comes with a “shelf life” – from the doctor we choose to the phone service we have to the appliances in our homes – everything requires frequent upgrades and changes in order to work.
Have you ever noticed how (without notice) the people and places you’ve been dealing with for several months (or years) suddenly become difficult to work with? Apparently no business or product wants customer loyalty any longer. So, for the frugal minded person loyalty is a money waster.
Disloyalty gets rewarded. If you are a patient loyal customer the chances are very good that you are paying much more than disloyal switchers who signed up more recently. Let me give you an example of what I mean by a disloyalty reward. Suppose a phone and cable company is offering a deep discount on services for new customers. The existing loyal customers can’t get this “new customer” discount. But, by becoming a disloyal customer and switching to a competitor down the street you get a deep discount service. So what if its only for a year? Simply become disloyal again to switch for another company as a new customer discount.
Over the last couple weeks I’ve been researching and reading about several things and services that will update my life from the past into the present. I seriously don’t want to do these upgrades but they are “required” without any chance of saying no. Unless, of course, I become a hermit and live in a far away cave without any technology anywhere.
Hmm, could I become a technology hermit? I could have my home phone line and internet connection turned off completely. No internet connection or phone certainly would save me money. I’ll keep this as a future option.
Actually I’m working on updating my life. I’ll be going through a series of changes that I’ll be talking about as I go through them. A much loved reader angel suggested I might want to use Ibotta for a few extra dollars setting me on this path to renovate myself. I have a couple questions to ask you readers. Does anyone use Ibotta, Fetch Rewards, Rakuten, Retail Me Not, or something similar? Please let me know if its worth the time effort to use them. If I sign up for one I’d be happy to give credit as a referral so you get any bonus. Next, I know of one reader across the big pond that does surveys but does anyone else do online surveys and does it actually pay a little? What about Swagbucks or Coupons.com?
I’m not expecting to get a fortune. Just a few dollars a month to help pay for healthier food and buy warm clothes before winter.
Hugs to everyone! Stay safe.