I realised that a lot of people are really concerned about saving money and stuff. So I have scoured the internet and forums for a list of things that people do to be frugal and to save that extra bit of money. I don't do all these stuff listed here (okay, the list here does not run to 1000) but at least it gives you an idea of what others are doing to save money and how you can incorporate it into your very own spending habits. You will be amazed at some of the ideas suggested here!
1001 Ways to Save Money and Be Frugal
Buying food that is about to spoil. Supermarkets offer steep discounts for food that is going to expire. They are not fresh but they are definitely safe for eating!
Free entertainment and books at the library.
Cook and Eat at home
Eat at a friend's place
Unplug devices in the house that you are not using
Switch off all lights
Keep thermostat down, use blankets to stay warm
Dry 2 loads of clothes at once
Set the dryer to 10 minutes shorter than usual
Use the dryer with 2 dry towels. It seems to make the clothes dry faster.
Use formula milk + vinegar for pancakes instead of buttermilk as stated in recipes
Don't buy Starbucks
Make your own coffee and carry it around in a travel mug
Drink nothing but water the whole day
Stock up on items that are on sale.
Hang up clothes to dry instead of using the dryer
Switch off the aircon in the car
Don't bring money out with you.
Eat left overs for your next meal
Exercise to keep warm (for those in cold countries)
Use Skype instead of phoning for long distance calls
Cancel channels that you are not watching on cable TV
Use the microwave to warm up a cup of water instead of boiling an entire kettle full
Shop at the dollar store or those 1.99 shops
Buy petrol that is cheaper
check whether your company offers discounted rates for your mobile phone plans
Use those discount coupons at the store.
Take a shower at the gym
Set timers to your thermostat or airconditioner
Re-use your valentine day cards
Shower in cold water.
Wash your disposable utensils and re-use them
pack a lunch box for the kids
Buy and sell your own house to save on the commissions
Paint your own house
Repair your own house
- Grow your own vegetables
- Cut your own hair
- Color your own hair
- Do your own facial
- Wash your own car
- turn off that home-shopping channel on TV
- Wax your own car
- Walk to work
- Use a fan instead of the airconditioner
- Take a nap
- take public transport
- Don't upsize your meals
- Avoid jam packed roads to save on petrol
- Take the budget airlines
- Accept old furniture from friends and relatives
- Dig out old clothes to wear instead of going shopping
- Get husband or wife to hand deliver things instead of wasting money on postage
- Call up the diaper company for free sample diapers
- Call up the milk company for free samples of formula milk
- Turn the car engine off when waiting for someone
So here you have a comprehensive list of things that you can do to save money and be frugal. Any other great ideas to share? Feel free to leave a comment!