- Don't buy disposable dishes, plastic-ware and paper towels. Make sure everything you buy is reusable.
- Strain, store and reuse cooking oil again and again.
- Don't buy pre-chopped and diced fruits and veggies. Buy them whole and be your own food processor.
- Don't buy specialized appliances and gadgets that only serve one purpose like egg peelers, strawberry hullers, butter spreaders.
- Go for a $1 cup of coffee instead of overpriced sugary energy drinks.
- Buy a good water bottle and refill it as needed instead of buying bottled water.
- If you go out to eat, go at lunchtime. The prices are WAY lower during lunch.
- Quit smoking. Not only will quitting save you tons of money a month, it'll save you thousands in the long run! AND it's a very good thing to do for yourself. If you smoke a pack a day at $7 a pack every day for a month that equals to $210 a month... $2,520 A YEAR!
- Borrow. Need something you're only going to wear once like a formal gown for a gala or a nice suit for a funeral? Borrow what you need from friends and family.
- Realize that just because something is marked down, doesn't mean you should spend money on it. A $300 purse marked down to $100 might sound great but think about this: would you rather have a $90 purse with $10 inside or a $10 purse with $90 inside?
- Wash your hair less often - it's better for your hair and you'll use less product.
- Skip tanning salons. Sunshine is FREE.
- Ask your doctor if there's a generic form of your medication that is less costly and just as effective.
- Only buy used exercise equipment like treadmills, weight sets, stationary bikes. If someone is selling that stuff they're probably sick of it taking up space in their home and will most likely be willing to part ways with it for a very low price.
- Don't spend tons of money on video game consoles and other electronic entertainment. Buy them used or not at all. If your kid loves gaming, there are plenty of free games online.
- Shop around for the lowest price for your kid's lessons - ballet, gymnastics, piano, karate, etc.
- Trade in your vehicle for something more fuel efficient.
- Only buy used cars.
- Never take your car to be washed and detailed. Do it yourself. Borrow anything you might need like a vacuum and other interior cleaning gadgets.
- Always shop around for the lowest car insurance costs.
- Get rid of any vehicle that rarely gets used. It's a huge waste of money to pay for insurance or maintenance on a car that you and your family can live without.
- Ditch the land-line and stick with cell phones.
- Downgrade your home: go for a house or apartment that is smaller and cheaper.
- Is your paid storage space full of stuff you don't need? Sell the stuff stop renting the storage space.
- Watch your bank account like a hawk to avoid overdraft fees.
- Follow your favorite restaurants on social media so you can stay on top of hot deals and sales.
- Switch to a bank with low fees.
- Only shop online when free shipping available or.
- Gambling. Don't do it.
Ok, we all know many basic and obvious ways to be frugal - like not eating out so much, turning off the lights, carpooling and all kinds of other good stuff; but there are so many things we do every day that make our paychecks dissolve into nothingness in the blink of an eye; things that go beyond just impulse shopping and bad habits.
Here are 30 counteractions to seemingly harmless but money wasting activities most of us do every single day.
This is how I've stopped wasting money:
I use HONEY!
What's Honey? Oh boy are you in for a treat!
Upon checkout at thousands of websites, Honey FINDS COUPON CODES FOR YOU!!
Seriously. You install the app or Chrome extension and when you hit the checkout button at pretty much any online store, a little box pops up and Honey starts searching for and applying all the available coupon codes to your purchase. What's so cool about it is as the codes are being applied, you can see the total amount of your purchase go down and down - it's so exciting to watch!
Interested in taking advantage of the friggin' sweet app? Click HERE.
|Proof from a REAL recent purchase I made at Vista Print|