Here are a few different ideas on how to save your hard earned cash.
We all know the basics of saving money and do things like turn off lights when we are not in the room; unplugging appliances; using coupons; etc.
But what are unusual ways that we can save money?
-stay married. Divorce costs and alimony costs are through the roof. If you get married, make it for life!
-stop buying beer, sods and munchies. Besides not being good for you, the prices of these items have skyrocketed! I recently found a book on how to make your own chips and other junk foods at the library.
-if you eat out, only eat half of your meal and save the rest for the next day.
-stop buying bottled water and drink tap water.
-eat slowly which makes you get fuller faster and therefore makes you eat less food.
-if your doctor prescribes medicine for you, see if he has samples to give you. (often big drug companies will give your doctor samples of their latest and greatest products)
-learn how to make your own cleaners, laundry soaps, etc.
-dumpster dive or if your city has a big garbage day once a month or once every other month, drive around to the best looking houses, usually they throw out the best stuff.
-never buy new. If you must buy new, always, always, always buy off season. (like a snowblower and winter coat in May and summer clothes in January).
-make do with one car (or none if you can). Instead use public transportation, walk or ride a bike.
-learn how to haggle with people over the price of an item
-grow your own food (even if you live in an apartment, you can grow a few things on your balcony).
-never use credit because even the lowest credit card rates are upwards of 12% in interest.
These are but a few ideas. One idea that even I am not interested in trying is to go without toilet paper. Even I draw the line there! I have also read that when you eat out at fast food restaurants, take extra ketchups and salts (I do take a pile of napkins, then use them instead of paper towels at home) but I don’t take extra condiments.
Another idea that I read about was talking about how expensive wedding flowers were and suggested going to a cemetary and nicking a few flowers there but because that is illegal, I wouldn’t suggest it. Perhaps you could use wildflowers instead.
Hopefully these ideas will help and spur you onto some of your own while on your money saving quest.
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