This is Frugal Tips #2 in my series on ways to save money. I’ve learned from experience how to buy what I need and get a cheaper price. Which pads my pocketbook instead of depleting it.
Shop For Generics:
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. Sample the store brand and see if it tastes different. If not, save yourself some money on groceries.
Plus the more you wash and dry something, the more wear and tear on it. Which means you have to purchase it more often.
Sales Versus Distance To The Store:
There are times I see there is a sale on something. But if it’s not within my five-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.
Mostly I now shop online. I have learned pretty quickly that the best way to not spend money is to stay out of stores!
Use Your Towel Multiple Times After Showering:
I have a bathtub shower. And 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 so many 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 money this way.
The Waste Of Buying Bottled Water:
Are you drinking bottled water? You’re wasting money. You can think ahead and take water from home.
Plus think of all that plastic waste from bottled water in our ecosystem. causing problems for the environment.
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.
Occasionally I will go through McDonald’s for an iced coffee. But it’s less than $2 and not much of a splurge.
I use to love to buy decorating and gardening magazines. But with the advent of Pinterest, I do most of my looking and browsing there. Saves me quite a bit at the grocery check-out.
Frugal Tips On Getting 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? If you do, then pay them off when you get the bill. The interest you pay is astounding. It’s often better to just save the money for something you really want.
Shopping The House:
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 or by shopping the house.
If you’d like to share a frugal tip, please leave it in the comments so we can all learn how to live more cheaply.