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Reply to "Dear Penny's post in today's (1/18) newsletter about frugality"

I agree. Sometimes, saving is just not enough. There's a hard limit on how much one can save. If you earn $10/day living in NYC, it doesn't matter if you don't buy any toothpaste ever.

The second thing that's related is the mentality of making one's own toothpaste. If you don't enjoy making toothpaste, you shouldn't make toothpaste just to save a few bucks. This is a remarkably bad use of time. On Amazon, a 6-pack of toothpaste seems to cost $7.92 right now.

If you spend an hour making 6 packs of toothpaste, you're paying yourself $7.92/hr.

Of all the potential action one can do to save or make money, one should focus on things that has a very high $/hr. For example, saving $10/hr isn't worth it, just like how getting a side gig that gets you $10/hr isn't worth it. Both are equivalent.

One strategy to litmus test whether something is worth saving is this:

1. Think of how much $/hr you'd save by doing what you're doing.

2. Compare that $/hr to the following: If someone were to hire you to do something you don't really enjoy doing that much for the same $/hr, would you do it?

Both are equivalent since your rate of saving is your rate of earning. You get the same amount of extra money to spend at the end of the day (ignoring taxes). Most of the time, you should just say no because time in life is limited and we really should opt for higher ROI plays.

In other words: not everything that *can* be done *should* be done. Doing every single strategy to save/make money is like playing every single hand that's dealt to you in Poker. Those players are called 'calling stations' and tend to lose a lot money very quickly.

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