Actual Formspring question #2on January 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Everyone’s cutting back their budget in this economy. What are some good ways for BDSM aficionados to save money?
Whenever there is a recession, most people start cutting costs on toys. For example, some tops buy their toys at hardware stores, instead of paying triple the price in adult shops and kink catalogs. This is the wrong approach, as the amount of pain and/or pleasure you can inflict with a toy is directly proportional to what you paid for it. I wouldn’t even recommend buying your toys on sale. If anything, you should shop around for the highest prices. Believe me; a true bottom can always tell the difference.
Instead, look for ways you can use BDSM to reduce expenses in other areas of your budget. You can save hundreds of dollars a month by canceling your medical insurance and treating illnesses with medical play instead. Masters can reduce grocery costs by two-thirds by allowing their slaves only one meal a day. Most slaves are already hiding their compulsive shoplifting from their Masters, so just give your slave permission and a shoplifting list.
Also, many frequently used safety supplies can be reused over and over again or dispensed with entirely. Needles get better the more they are reused, since duller needles are more painful. After fisting, recollect all the Crisco from your bottom’s hole and put it back in the can. Instead of spraying down your insertables with Cavicide between uses, just tell your partners that you did. After all, RACK only requires the top to be risk-aware, so you need not tell bottoms how you’re cutting corners on safety.