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.
- Cook dry beans from scratch.
- Drink water instead of other beverages.
- Eat only as much as you need.
- Shop for groceries every two weeks instead of every week.
- Eat less meat.
- Plan menus around the food you already have in the house.
- Plant a garden.
- Bake your own bread.
- 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.
- Use a little less of everything: a little less dishwasher soap, a little less shampoo, etc.
- 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.
Do you think these tips are worth the money they save? Please share your money-saving tips.