Recently, Tim and I started watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix. We’re binge watchers, so we’re already through Season 3. And I can’t help but notice they have some pretty frugal habits:
#1: They save on gas.
Motorcycles get far better mileage than cars. In fact, some of them get as much as 80 mpg. I doubt the guys’ bikes are that good. Still, the guys have to be saving big by tooling around on two wheels.
#2: They have side hustles.
Running guns in the Sons’ main gig. But they also offer protection runs for precious cargo and recently branched out into the porn business, which is definitely a profitable industry.
#3: They ask for discounts.
The club was very clear with Lin about getting a discount on the guns they needed. Given the sheer amount of pot smoked in any given episode, they’ve got to be getting a deal on that too.
#4 They barter.
The Sons took Zobelle’s first protection payment out in cigars. And when they couldn’t pay Lin for the guns, they offered an appearance of their, er, actresses at his function.
#5 They save on haircuts.
Most of the men in the club wear their hair at least shoulder length. Just think of all the money they save by stretching the time between trims!
#6 They use prepaid cells.
Sure, prepaids make it easier to avoid calls being tracked or tapped. But the guys also nicely avoid being beholden to a two-year plan of high monthly rates. Nope, they pay for exactly what they use and not a cent more.
#7 They save on clothes.
Club members mainly wear t-shirts, jeans and leather jackets. Leather and denim generally hold up well and don’t need to be replaced much. Meanwhile any of their old t-shirts could probably be turned into bandanas.
#8 They carpool.
On the occasions when they do use the tow truck or van, there’s always more than one person inside. They’re getting more bang for the gas buck. Oh, and when they had to go to Belfast? They rode along with some cargo in a friend’s jet, saving a bundle on airfare.
#9 They save on prescriptions.
Gemma did it by just not taking her meds. Granted, she did it because her swollen feet wouldn’t fit into her beloved boots. But rather than buy new pairs — which, with Gemma’s taste — would have been a pretty penny, she just stopped using (and therefore paying for) prescriptions. Meanwhile, Piney made the acquaintance of a lady who sold black market prescription meds. He saved a bundle on his own medical needs and helped Bobby get some cheap inhalers for his kid.
#10 They avoid identity theft.
Granted, thieves probably aren’t chomping at the bit for identities tied to a bunch of crimes. Still, it’s always good to be careful. They buy most things in person, not online, giving thieves less access to credit card information. They also keep their wallets on chains, deterring pickpockets. Plus, they won’t forget their wallets somewhere and allow people access to their cards.