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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- Use a kitchen rag instead of paper towels.
Do you have any other tips that you use to save money?