There was a time when I walked into the grocery store and automatically went to the name brands on the shelves. Now I try the generics. Try the store brand and see if it tastes different. If not, save yourself some money.
When my girls were young, I spent so much time washing towels. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me then to have the girls use their towels more than once.
Now that it’s just me, it’s a regular part of life. I haven’t had to buy towels in at least five years. Probably longer. The more you wash and dry something, the more wear and tear on it.
Speaking of washing and drying, I usually wash clothes one day per week. I usually wait until evening when it’s cooled off a bit. If I have more than one load, which is infrequent, I do one load right after the other.
The dryer is already warmed up and I figure (hope) it takes less time to dry the second load. That’s my theory anyway!
There are times I see there is a sale on something. But if it’s not within my two mile radius where I normally shop, I won’t go there.
Even if it’s on sale, if you’re going to have to drive farther, it might not be such a good deal in terms of gas and the use of your car.
I have learned pretty quick that the best way to not spend money is to stay out of stores!
I have a bathtub shower. I keep my bar soap on the side of the tub. I tried one of those gizmos that fits over the shower, but it kept falling down.
When I’m through with my shower, I turn the soap container over to drain the water out that’s accumulated during my shower. Saves on having to buy bars of soap.
Speaking of showers, some people like long ones. But it’s a real waste of water. Get it done and get out. You’ll save on heating water and the use of water.
Are you drinking bottled water? You’re wasting money. You can take water from home by just thinking ahead. I never did understand that bottled water trend.
Stopping at Starbucks for coffee regularly? Again, wasting money. I don’t go for fancy coffee. I can’t believe what it costs. I’m not spending my money on that.
Sometimes the old magazines you just couldn’t bear to throw out pile up. When that happens, I tear my favorite pages out and glue them in a notebook. Then I have all my favs for when I want to sit and browse.
I decorate the notebooks with scraps of paper and things I’ve cut out of old calendars to dress them up so I can leave them out.
Haircuts: Fifteen bucks is my max price for hair cuts. There’s a salon right around the corner where I can get my hair cut for that price. And since it’s so close, I’m not spending much on gas.
Use credit cards? I use to. Now I want nothing to do with them. The interest you pay is astounding. Better to just save the money for something you really want.
These days, I find it fun to see how cheaply I can live. To see how I can transform a room or project for next to nothing.
Speaking of which, I’m about done with the kitchen. I think by tomorrow I’ll be able to show you what I’ve been working on.
Now remember, this is a very low cost reno. Like around $30. So don’t be expecting a complete overhaul with new appliances or anything. Just my manual labor and using, for the most part, what I already had around the house.
If you’d like to share a frugal tip, please leave it in the comments so we can all live more cheaply.