Tons Of Tips To Save Money

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So, here’s another great one…When Times are Tight: 168 Frugal Tips to Make Your Dollar Stretch. There are TONS of great tips on here, but below are a few of my favorite. Check out the whole list!

Grocery Shopping

  • Always grocery shop with a list
  • Take advantage of sales on items that you would normally buy
  • Buy generic items
  • Plan meals according to what is on sale that week
  • Shop at discount marts: Grocery outlet, The Dollar Store, etc.

Cooking & Eating

  • Eat leftovers
  • Cook from scratch
  • Bring lunch from home (it’s worth it to invest in proper containers)
  • Get creative with leftovers. Concoct new recipes, so nothing is wasted
  • If your kids complain about generic cereal, put the generic in a name-brand box. They’ll never know the difference!
  • Cook with the crockpot to avoid using the oven, which warms up the house

Cars & Gas

  • Run errands once a week and use the most efficient route
  • Stay home as often as possible
  • Drive your car until it’s old. This works really well when you buy a car that will run for 200,000 miles
  • Fill up when your tank is half empty
  • Shop around for insurance. The rates can vary a lot!

Utilities

  • Keep the lights off during the day
  • Let dishes air dry after running them through the dishwasher
  • Turn down the thermostat (or turn it off). Use candles in the room to raise the temperature. A set of little tea candles goes a long way.
  • Use a fan
  • Never leave the water running when rinsing dishes, brushing teeth, etc. Only use the water you need.

Clothing

  • Shop at thrift stores
  • Shop garage sales

Around the House

  • Accept hand-me-downs. You can donate them if you can’t use them.
  • Do home repairs yourself.
  • Reuse things. An example: Plastic grocery bags can be reused as lunch bags, shoe bags, or laundry bags on vacation.
  • Email for free samples. You can get some good stuff!
  • Make your own Christmas cards by making a collage from the fronts of Christmas cards you received the
    previous year.
  • Use a kitchen rag instead of paper towels.

Do you have any other tips that you use to save money?

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