- Treat every purchase like it’s a major purchase. You have a few opportunities in life to save a lot of money, but it’s the small daily ones that will make or break you.
- Vacation close to home so you can drive instead of fly.
- Delay big purchases as long as possible. You may lose interest or find an alternate solution.
- Hang dry your laundry, indoors if necessary.
- Choose a hairstyle that does not require frequent trims.
- Repair instead of replace. This goes for appliances, furniture, clothing, whatever.
- Borrow infrequently used tools and supplies instead of buying. (Also make sure to lend.)
- Bank at a credit union instead of a corporate bank. You’ll most likely save on fees.
- Wear the clothes you already own instead of buying new stuff all the time.
- Cook from scratch and save restaurant meals for special occasions.
- Make sure you have a few easy meals on hand for those nights when takeout dinner is calling your name. There’s nothing wrong with serving scrambled eggs and toast for dinner.
- Use your library for books, magazines, movies and CD’s. And then make sure to return them on time!
- Foster your relationships with like minded friends. They won’t make you feel bad about sticking to a budget.
- Pack your own work and school lunches.
- Replace expensive recipe ingredients with inexpensive options. Perfect example? Kale instead of basil in pesto.
- Don’t be a snob about older electronics. You will survive without the newest iPhone.
- Learn how to mend and de-stain your clothing. If half your wardrobe is out of commission, you’re missing out.
- Batch your errands whenever you drive.
- Drink water or homemade iced tea instead of soda.
- Choose social get togethers that do not include shopping.
- Cancel memberships that you do not use. Gyms, premium cable channels, and everything else.
- Pay attention to your household’s food waste. Eat what you have, and stop buying the food that you tend to waste.
- Be willing to own less stuff. There’s less to buy, organize, clean and look at.
- Wait until movies hit the second run theaters.
- Decline your friends’ shopping parties. You don’t need any more Tupperware, baskets, jewelry or candles.
- Take advantage of your town’s free offerings. Parks, hikes, concerts, plays, it’s all there!
- Don’t assume that all coupons are for junk food. There are tons of great coupons for pasta, organic food and healthy products. Keep an open mind.
- Minimize the disposable supplies that you buy. Rags made from old T-shirts can replace paper towels, and handkerchiefs can replace Kleenex.
- Embrace simple entertaining. Chances are that neither Martha Stewart nor the Queen of England will attend your party.
- Automate as many of your bills as possible. Not only will you save on stamps, but you’ll never pay a late fee again.
- Learn to use a paintbrush. Outdated furniture and kitchen cabinets can gain a modern vibe for thousands less than buying new. And chances are that your old stuff is better constructed than new stuff anyway.
- Call your cable company, credit cards and phone company to negotiate a better deal. They want to keep you as a customer and will usually sweeten your deal.
- Say no to expensive children’s birthday parties. Just because your neighbor spent $500 on her kid doesn’t mean you have to.
- Rethink your expensive hobbies.
- Let your kids entertain themselves. It fosters their creativity.
- Store your leftovers in see-through containers. You’ll be less likely to forget about what lurks in your fridge.
- Don’t feel bad about accepting other people’s generosity. You can reciprocate in your own way.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking that expensive shampoos, cosmetics and body products are better than the cheap-o stuff.
- Turn down your hot water heater, furnace and air conditioner. You will adjust.
- Only stock up on cheap deals if it’s something that you use frequently.
- Embrace second hand items. Thrift stores are your best friend.
- Learn to say no to your kids.
- Don’t hire out what you can do for yourself. Mow your own lawn, clean your own house and cook your own food.
- Adopt a mixed-breed pet instead of buying a purebred animal. Or if your have to have a pure breed, look into a rescue organization that specializes in that dog.
- Say no to single use unitaskers. One good knife can fill the role of half of what’s sold in a kitchen supply store.
- Allow for imperfection in your life. Your house is not a magazine and your kitchen is not a restaurant.
- Replace your monthly tampons with a menstrual cup. This tip alone will save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
- Buy (or make) your birthday and holiday gifts ahead of time. And then allow yourself to spend less.
- Ignore The Joneses. Chances are that they’re deeply in debt from all their conspicuous consumption.
- Read frugality blogs like The Non-Consumer Advocate for ideas and inspiration!
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