(Updated on July 6, 2023)
My life changed pretty drastically when I got a divorce. I had to learn to spend less money.
I was moving to a different state where my kids were living. And I had no idea at the time how I was going to support myself.
The dogs and I crossed the border into Oklahoma. And I thought: Well, another chapter in my life begins. And it was a bit scary, I don’t mind telling you.
Now I’ll explain how I learned to live frugally.
How I Learned To Live Frugally:
You don’t have to constantly be entertained by spending money. Go outside and enjoy nature.
Take a walk in the park and listen to the many different sounds of birdsong. Look around you at the trees and squirrels and plants.
Take a deep breath and enjoy both the exercise and seeing the sights around you.
Don’t go out somewhere on a whim or because you’re merely bored.
Wait, if you possibly can, until you have two or three errands to run before you head out.
Travel to these errands in the most expedient fashion, so that you don’t waste any gas.
In other words, map your errands out so you’re going in a straight line and not doubling back somewhere.
Best Time Of Day To Eat In A Restaurant:
If you want to eat out, lunchtime is the cheapest time to go to restaurants. Because if you wait for dinnertime prices, you’ll pay more and miss all those lunch specials.
Restaurants tend to serve big plates of food. When they bring your meal, ask right away for a to-go container and split it in half for later.
You’ll eat fewer calories and have another meal you don’t have to cook.
I buy very few clothes. When it comes to clothing, T-shirts and shorts or pants is what I purchase.
When I launder clothing I wash them and then hang them on hangers to dry.
It makes your clothes last longer if you don’t dry them in the dryer. If I had a place to hang them outside, I probably would.
I buy most of my household items like paper towels and toilet paper online.
This way I don’t wander down aisles in the store and pick up items I merely want instead of need.
You get free shipping with Amazon Prime. So once and sometimes twice a month I will stock up.
Why use gas in your car when someone can deliver what you need right to your door free?
Don’t Waste Water Unnecessarily:
I very rarely use the dishwasher. In a short span of time, I can rinse my plate, and I use as little water as possible to do so.
Unless I’ve eaten a meal with someone who has recently been sick, and I’m a little worried about catching it. Then I will wash the dishes in the dishwasher to sanitize them.
I actually kind of enjoy washing dishes. It is a reflective time for me.
I also prefer short showers to reduce my use of water and electricity for hot water.
I’ll primarily shop the house when decorating, although I will allow myself the occasional splurge on something.
It’s fun to see how many different ways you can decorate your home with what you already have.
Don’t Waste Electricity:
You don’t need a lamp on in every room in your house.
Make it a habit to turn the lights off as you leave a room.
Plant A Garden:
Plant drought-resistant plants indigenous to your region. They need less water.
Allow your plants to reseed. Save those seeds and share them with a friend or neighbor.
If you grow vegetables and/or fruit, you might consider canning them for the wintertime. That’s what my grandmother did.
To sum up how I learned to live frugally, here is a list of tips for you:
- Take Advantage Of Nature Around You
- Avoid Putting Gas In Your Car
- Best Time Of Day To Eat At A Restaurant
- Don’t Dry Your Clothing After Washing
- Buy Household Items Online
- Use Water Judiciously
- Shop The House When Decorating
- Turn Off The Lights When Not In Use
- Plant A Garden