Random Ways to Save Moolah
by, 11-12-2008 at 08:31 AM (323 Views)
- Consolidate Trips in the car. If you need to stop for milk, think of the other errands you can accomplish. Do you need stamps? Do you have a donation to drop at the thrift shop? Are you low on something else in the fridge? Need gas? Do it all in one trip to save fuel economy.
- Take short showers. Really, really short. Aim for 2 minutes. You can do it! Get your relaxing in somewhere else.
- Pair down your wardrobe. Do you really need six nightgowns, when two or three will do? Having fewer clothes means washing fewer clothes. If you don't get dirty, why do you automatically throw your clothing in the laundry bin? Wear things twice before washing. Pajamas, too. I wear mine at least twice, if not three or four times, before they go in the wash.
- Plan your menu! If you don't, you're really setting yourself up for the drive-through. You can't save money by cooking from scratch if you don't cook from scratch, and cooking from scratch takes planning and time.
- Don't be afraid to ask for a discount for which you may qualify. For example, I always ask for military or student discounts everywhere I go. The worst that can happen is that I'm denied the discount.
- Spend a few minutes on reputable freebie sites each morning or evening. Do you know that I seldom buy toothpaste for the kids, because we always have samples on hand? A few minutes each morning is all it takes, and you can always look forward to a freebie in the mail box. Every little bit helps!
- Eat beans. And lentils. And rice. A lot. There's a blog I frequent called 'Lentils and Rice' that illustrates a concept called "Stretchy Beans." The author cooks beans and shows how to serve them for the week. The meals are appealing and dirt cheap.
- Don't use credit cards. They cost money. I do advocate keeping one for reservations and emergencies, but I do not advocate filling up the car on one. It is so NOT frugal.
- 9. Shop seasonally. Let's face it. You will be hard-pressed to find a juicy peach this time of year. Save your hankering for when it will really taste good: Next August! Eating seasonally is natural and is frugal, as importing peaches means they will cost more than the locally acquired sort.
- 10. Don't buy new. Why buy new? Used is better for your wallet, better for the environment, and better for your conscience! On 99% of the things you buy, used is just fine and sometimes even better than new.