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Frugal Living – Savings Tips To Stretch Your Money
Times are hard and those Pounds, Dollars or Euros need stretching further than ever. Frugal living will help you to get the most out of your money. If you want some frugal ideas to help you save money right away, take a look at my easiest ways to save money page.
It’s not impossible to change the habits of a lifetime and switch to a lower cost way of living and once you get started you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this years ago!
Get The Frugal Living Bug!
It’s easy to spend money, anyone can do it. It doesn’t take ingenuity or initiative. That’s why the satisfaction that comes from buying new things is often short lived.
But the satisfaction that you get from living frugally and meeting your needs in a low cost, sustainable way, never fades. And it’s that satisfaction that drives you to hunt down even more frugal ideas and frugalize every aspect of your life.
When you find yourself unwilling to throw out an empty plastic bottle because you are sure you can find a way to put it to good use, that’s when you know you’ve got the frugal bug!
Living Frugally Isn’t A Drag
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that making cost cutting choices is going to mean going without and being miserable.
All you are doing is making sure that you get the best value for your money. After all, you traded your time and worked hard to get that money, so why waste it?
Saving money on everyday expenses means that you won’t end up stuck in the misery of credit card debt, struggling to meet the minimum payments every month, while the balance hardly shrinks at all.
Deciding not to spend hours each week shopping or thinking about shopping, gives you valuable free time.
Big List Of Frugal Ideas
- Shop for produce at a local farm stand.
- Grow your own produce. See starting a garden and easy to grow vegetables.
- Rear your own chickens for eggs and meat. How To Raise Chickens
- Never buy coffee, soda, or other drinks or snacks out. Take a small thermos of your preferred drink out with you. Delicious flavored coffees can be made at home for pennies see here to learn how.
- Always grocery shop with a list. Only deviate from your list if you come across a sale.
- Never shop when you are hungry, you will always buy more.
- Take advantage of sales on items that you would normally buy.
- Only shop once a month.
- Keep a price book and track prices by unit cost. Take a calculator with you when you go shopping to make this easier.
- Stock up on staples when prices are low.
- Buy store own brand items but be aware that branded goods can be cheaper if you have coupons and wait for the right deals. See the coupon mom to learn more.
- Plan meals according to what is on sale that week.
- Get a rain check if the store doesn’t have a sale item that you need.
- Buy enough of a sale item to last 12 weeks. That’s about how long sales take to cycle.
- Take advantage of stores that double coupons.
- Eat less meat.
- Eat leftovers.
- Bulk cook meals and freeze the extra portions.
- Scrape out food jars to use the last little bit.
- Cook from scratch.
- Don’t eat out.
- Pack lunches to eat at work/school.
- Eat smaller portions.
- Always have a meal plan.
- Use the Once a Month Cooking system.
- Keep soup starter packs in the freezer. Put leftovers into a ziplock bag and freeze.
- Don’t drink soda. Drink water!
- Freeze, can, or dehydrate your produce.
- Cook with the crock pot.
- Use a solar oven
- Cook in a Remoska