We all want to save money. However, there are ways to save money that are frowned upon at best or walk legal grey areas at worst.
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Chances are that all of us do something that someone else might consider unethical, such as using an open wireless network while we’re out, or taking a wallet you find on the street. Where is the line drawn though? As finance blog Get Rich Slowly points out, we all have one, but we don’t always agree:
I’ve received the following tip from several readers: “Costco offers a no-questions-asked return policy. You can buy something, use it, and then when a new model comes out, return it to get the new one.” I haven’t shared this suggestion because I believe it crosses an ethical line…
There are grey areas, of course. Is it OK to take your own food to the movie theatre? I do it, and so do many other frugal people.
What about you? What kind of rules are you willing to bend or break to save a bit of money? Is showrooming OK? What about buying items you know you’ll return when you’re done using them? How much money do you have to save to skirt the ethical boundaries?
Money and Values: When Frugality Goes Too Far [Get Rich Slowly]