Frugal Living Ideas
Learning how to live frugally can be challenging at first. You
don’t have to be a penny pincher and live a boring life though.
Some simple changes can make a big difference in saving you money
and help you learn to use your money more wisely.
How to Live More Frugally
Let's focus on these main areas when starting on living more
Learn how to reuse household items. There are a lot of items that
many people throw away that you can reuse.
Toilet paper rolls/paper towel
- use for kids crafts, extension cord holders
Cans or Boxes
- use for
storing small items or organize cupboards
seedlings for your garden, kids craft projects
- try these
for using up your old crayons and making
yogurt or cream containers for storing leftovers or spices in the
- reuse jars for
storing food in the fridge or fill with items in your pantry such
as spices or beans.
- reuse your
plastic baggies more than one time before you throw them out.
jeans by creating new items from them. Here are some
directions on refashioning
your old clothes.
There are a lot more ideas out there, when something breaks down
or is no longer useful take a look at the item and decide if there
is some way to reuse it. Even furniture has been refurbished and
made into benches, TV stands and more.
Go through your house and take a good look at what you have used
in the last year. Ask yourself, or family members, some hard
questions such as, do I/we really need this? How often have I used
this in the last year?
Some items that are taking space in our house could be sold or
given away and we’d never miss them. By simplifying your life and
the things you live with, you might be surprised how good it might
feel to lighten your load.
Once you've gone through the household, try to adopt this mindset
when you are shopping in general. Try asking yourself, Do I have a
place for this? Will this item be used for a certain purpose?
Stopping and thinking it through may help you from buying extra
things you may later regret.
Coupons and Rebates
I'm not a big paper coupon user. Although many years ago I was
really into coupons and refunding and had great success (and fun)
Now a days I swear by these two rebate companies Ebates
If you buy anything online you need to sign up for Ebates
. By shopping through their links
you get cash back on purchases made at many websites. I do it
whenever I shop and the little bits certainly add up. It is free
to sign up so it is worth doing.
is an app for your iphone. You unlock different rebates for
grocery items some as easy as milk and bananas. Go to the store
and when you get home scan your products and take a picture of
your receipt. I decided I'd try them out and within a few months
I was able to buy gift cards for my son's upcoming birthday.
Then I was hooked!
If you sign up with my link you join my team and together we can
unlock more rebates together. Also if you sign up and redeem a
rebate within 2 weeks. They'll give you $10. Worth
it just for the free $10!
There are companies like these such as Checkout 51. But these
two above are my favorite and the ones I find most worth my
Make it at Home
When grocery shopping, try to stay away from processed foods or
items you can make from scratch. Box mixes or frozen items are
something you can make yourself and save money in the process.
Keep in mind though, it will cost you more time to prepare so you
will have to decide which is more important to you. Creating your
own homemade food will be a healthier choice as well.
Do-it-yourself projects can go beyond the kitchen as well. Home
your own clothes
or planting a garden will all save you
your own homemade cleaners
can also be a way to save money and use healthier
Use our family budget
to help you stay on track.
More Frugal Living Resources
Try some of these frugal ideas as well:
on Frugal Living
25 Frugal Meals for your Family
Cooking Frugal Tips for College Students
Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
Frugal Kitchen Staples
Low Cost Recipe Ideas
Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen
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