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2/7/14

Money-saving tips for cheapskates

 

I'm rarely able to glean anything from money-saving articles because they seem to be speaking to people who spend much more money than I do. I already cut those particular corners long ago (or never had them in the first place, like cable TV). Do you have this problem?

Here are a few advanced money-saving tips that I've implemented in the last several years.

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Food

Clothing
  • Sew, but use fabric you bought on sale or at a thrift store, or with cast-off items you'd be throwing away.
  • Repair clothing when feasible instead of throwing it away.
  • Buy patterns on sale or at thrift store.
  • Be a willing recipient of hand-me-downs.
  • If you shop for clothing at a thrift store, inspect it thoroughly for stains, holes, shot elastic, strange fit, etc. Especially pants.
  • Take an inventory of what your kids need before you go back-to-school shopping.
  • Be constantly on the lookout for sales on more expensive items such as coats, and buy ahead when you find them on sale.

Other
  • Use a little less of everything: a little less dishwasher soap, a little less shampoo, etc.
  • Carpool.
  • Don't go shopping if you don't need anything! If you do need something, stick to your list.
  • If you don't know exactly where to buy something around town, it might be worth spending an extra dollar or two online to save time and gas money running around looking for it.
  • Are you sure you need a cell phone? 
  • Make your own cleaning supplies.
  • Don't spend a lot of money on gifts. Find something nice on sale, give something handmade, or even give something secondhand.
  • Stop buying wrapping paper.

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Do you think these tips are worth the money they save? Please share your money-saving tips.

2 comments:

  1. Ha! I have the same problem with those money saving articles. And I think I do all the things you listed here too. Or I try my best to do them. I doubt any of us is perfect at these things as life gets in the way. ( :
    I do beans differently though. I like to pressure can them and have them on the shelf, ready to use. I love being able to put in the spices or amount of salt I want and then being able to just whip out a jar and use it immediately. I can fit 20 pints of beans in my pressure cooker at once to can them and I use the canning lids 2x each which saves on cost there. (No, that's not recommended, but as long as they seal I'm not going to fuss-and they DO seal perfectly well.)
    Also, having a stove top pressure cooker pot is nice. I use it for everything! If I am out of beans all I have to do is have them soaked and then they cook up in a few minutes in my pressure cooker. I cook rice in there, soup, meat, etc. I use it several times every week! It was only a $50 pot and I've been using it multiple times per week for years. Much more than pretty much any other kitchen gadget I have. It saves a lot on cooking time which saves you money and keeps the kitchen cooler in the summer.

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  2. My main frugality tip is live in a small home. It's not a popular opinion to have. All housing costs are much lower.

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