The Dumb Little Man blog takes a step back from recession-centric thinking and asks where the line is between saving money< and over-spending time. We're wondering the same thing. Don't get us wrong—we still love a good how-to on making homemade remixes of often expensive purchases, and deal-finding is a pretty great thing in almost any case. But, as Jay writes:
Do you spend four hours making a batch of homemade laundry detergent in order to save money? Do you hunt through web sites like Money Saving Expert for tips on grocery offers? It's easy to spend a lot of time online seeking out the best bargains, only to find that there's a difference of perhaps a couple of dollars in it. Is the hour you spend searching worth more than a couple of bucks?
So how about it, thrift-conscious readers? How do you mentally (or, if you're really down, mathematically) determine whether you'll spend the time to make or stretch something, hunt down a bargain, or otherwise scrimp and save? Do you treat your free time like salaried work hours? Tell us where your breaking point is in the comments.