Below is a list of 7 frugalicious tip(s) that will make you the envy of your friends and have you on your way to being a frugal Zealot in no time!
You’d be surprised, just implementing a few of the tips below, how much money you can save over time….and believe me, it adds up rather quickly. 🙂
Tip #1 – Save at the Grocer by clipping coupons
Using coupons at the grocer can save you tons of money. I am a coupon fanatic. I love buying food and other essentials at a fraction of the price.
The key to great savings is to use coupons when an item is at its lowest price. This means that you will have to track the price of your favorite food items.
If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, there are many couponing websites out there that will track food cost for you and let you know when an item is at its lowest point.
Many times, I’ve gotten food for free plus overage which I applied to other items in my basket that I didn’t have a coupon for. As a result, my overall bill was lowered.
I’ll explain overage in another post. But that is definitely one of the extreme couponing secrets.
Couponing Myth debunked: Many people think that you only can buy junk food with coupons, but I’m here to tell you that it’s a myth. There are coupons available for items such as meat and fresh fruit not to mention other food items such as diary, cereal and bread and a host of other grocery items.
Also many drug stores such as CVS, Wal-greens and Rite-aid have reward programs that you can combine with coupons that will allow you to save even more money.
For instance, I made a killing at CVS last year during their black Friday sale and walked out with almost $40 dollars in Extra Care Bucks (ECB) that I used to buy other items that I needed.
So don’t underestimate the power of couponing. It’s a great tool to add to your frugal tool box.
Tip #2 – Start a garden
I don’t have a green thumb, but I know plenty of people who do and they’re really reaping the benefits.
It doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in the city. You can grow food in flower pots or do square foot gardening.
One of the best things about gardening is that you can control the type and amount of pesticides used, or better yet, you can grow your bounty organically.
There’s nothing like picking fresh vegetables for a nice salad right from your back yard.
You can purchase seeds from most store at a very cheap price. That’s a small price to pay for the amount of food you will get at harvest time.
In the long run, you’ll see that starting a garden will save you time and money…..now that’s living frugally!
Tip #3 – Make your own Christmas/Birthday Gifts
This one is a favorite of mine. I’ve couponed so much that I have a stockpile of items that would make perfect Christmas and birthday gifts. I’ve taken those items from my stockpile and made gift baskets and it didn’t cost me hardly anything.
You can purchase baskets from the thrift store and the shrink plastic from the dollar store and viola; you have all the makings of great gift basket. Now don’t put junk in there, put in things that people can use like body wash, soap, washing powder, toilet paper, etc.
Other great homemade gift ideas are making your own jam, pickled veggies, cookie dough, or dry soup mix and wrap it in nice fabric with ribbon.
People love homemade gifts if it is something that they can use and they know that you created it with love. The most important thing is that it’s from the heart.
Tip #4 – Recycle printer paper
Ok, this is really frugal but it’s worth mentioning because you might not have thought about this one.
The printer at my job prints cover pages that are subsequently thrown in the trash. I started collecting the cover pages and using it as copy paper at home.
I sometimes use it as scrap paper as well.
What about that printer paper that you end up shredding, or better yet, what about those bills that get shredded?
Don’t just toss it. It would make a great filler for those homemade gift baskets!
Tip #5 – Opt for alternative entertainment
The average Cable bill is around $60/month, which adds up to $720 a year. This is a modest estimate. I know people who pay upwards of $85/month for cable/satellite.
This, honestly, is a complete waste of money to me….but you might beg to differ.
Now more than ever, people are dumping their cable/satellite and opting for an alternative way to watch television such as getting a Netflix/Hulu Plus subscriptions or watching t.v. online.
Netflix costs around $7.99/month. In a year’s time you would have only spent $95.88! That’s one month of cable for some folk. Not to mention you’ve saved around $624 dollars ($720 – $95.88).
What could you do with $624 extra dollars a year? I could pay my cell phone and DSL bill for an entire year and still have some money left over.
Now, I know for some, it might be hard to cut the cable/satellite cord. If it makes you happy to have cable/satellite, then cut something else.
Being frugal is not about being miserable.
Tip #6 – Don’t throw away those plastic grocery bags
You know those plastic bags you get from the grocery store? Yep, those are the ones I’m talking about. Don’t throw them away. There are plenty of great uses for them. Here are just a few:
- They are great for pillow/valance stuffing
- Use them as trash liners for your bathroom/office or bedroom waste baskets.
- Use them as a lunch sack for your lunch.
- Use them to house your wet or dirty clothes in your luggage while traveling
- They are a great shield for dirty diapers….yuck.
- You can use them to dispose of just about anything such as molded fruit or science experiments when cleaning out the refrigerator.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. These little plastic bags are a treasure.
Tip #7 – Leave your car in the driveway and take another mode of transportation to work.
One of the best things I ever did was take alternative transportation to work. Not only did I save on gas, but it also saved me from having road rage. Traffic in Atlanta can be so exhausting.
Taking other modes of transportation is just simply smart. You help reduce your carbon footprint and at the same time save money on the wear and tear of your car.
Some forms of alternative transportation are:
- Public Transportation
- Car/Van Pooling
Stay tuned for more frugal tips. In what ways are you frugalicious?