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Home is where the heart is but, it can also be an expensive place to be.
Learn to cut down on your household expenses with these 75 super frugal living tips. One tip may save you quarters and dimes in the short run. Trying three or four of these tips will save you $100’s in the long run. Living more frugally will put money back in your wallet and savings back in the bank.
75 Super Frugal Living Tips To Cut Down On Household Expenses
- Turn the heat down and save on electricity
- Hang your clothes to dry. Use a clothes line in the summer and a drying rack in the winter
- Become a one car family
- Ride your bike, walk or use public transport
- Make your own laundry soap
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full
- Turn off lights that aren’t being used
- Cut the cable
- Cancel your landline telephone
- Unplug appliances that aren’t being used
- Meal plan
- Eat your leftovers
- Pack a bag lunch
- Switch to cloth napkins
- Ditch your single use paper and plastic items
- Grow a garden
- Turn the lawn into a garden and grow your own food, no more mowing the lawn
- Save your coins in a jar
- Cook from scratch
- Do your own repairs
- Downsize your home if you can
- Sell stuff you don’t use
- Don’t buy stuff to impress people
- Make your own cleaning solutions using vinegar, water and baking soda
- Use it, mend it, re-purpose it, recycle it
- Cut up old shirts and use them for cleaning rags
- Trade your goods and skills with others to save money
- Workout at home, skip the gym and use free online workout videos or dvd’s
- Buy used clothing instead of new
- Purchased used, vintage furniture instead of new furniture
- Check the sales flyers and coupons before you shop
- Make a grocery list and budget and stick to it
- Try Youtube, if something breaks or you need to learn something. Youtube it.
- Stay home and enjoy what you have
- Plan a no spend weekend
- Plan a eat what you have meal plan for the week
- Opt to buy generic goods to save money
- Weatherstrip the windows and doors
- Keep emergency cash handy
- Be prepared for all seasons
- Don’t wait till the last minute with anything, repairs, groceries, planning and etc
- Cut back on entertainment expenses
- Taking in free kids classes at your local craft stores, hardware stores and library
- Do your own housework, baking, landscaping and maintenance work
- Set a budget and stick to it
- Purchase items that will last
- Learn to say no
- Learn to knit, crochet and sew
- Learn to use household tools
- Do your own painting and redecorating
- Buy it in bulk
- Use reusable bags, pre-purpose your plastic bags
- Compost your food waste
- Add compost to your garden
- Plant fruit trees and berry bushes
- Shop local
- Buy energy efficient appliances
- Install low flow toilets and shower heads
- Maintain all gas and wood burning fireplaces and heaters
- Opt for sweaters, slippers and blankets before turning up the heat
- Replace all your light bulbs with LED bulbs
- Start living with less
- If you don’t have a tool or appliance borrow it, or rent it instead of buying it
- DIY your gifts
- Invest in a good slow cooker
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat or opt for meatless meals
- Drink more water and less pop and juice
- Plan cheap but amazing dates
- Use reusable soap dispensers
- Freeze your leftover vegetables to use in soups and bone broths
- Invest in a good coffee maker or tea pot and bring your own coffee or tea with you
- Use cash envelopes
- Have open communication with your spouse regarding money, goals and life
- Plan potluck dinner parties withe friends instead of eating out
- Learn to cook something new, variety is the spice of life
The biggest money saving tips.
Reading through this list I think the biggest money saving tip that has saved us $100’s of dollars is using cash envelopes. Once the money is spent, it is spent; you budget what you have accordingly.
Next, it would be meal planning and knowing what items we have on hand. I can plan a meal with just about anything, as long as, I know what we have in the freezer and pantry. Keeping the house organized is key to knowing where stuff is and what you have.
I cut our $10 a day coffee habit by investing in thermal to go coffee mugs and a great coffee maker. The coffee maker comes in hand for at home coffee and dessert date nights.
Our family loves to try new foods so we have learned to shop the ethnic markets, our local butcher and our local farmers market. We will research new recipes and have family sit down meals at home. Cooking new meals from scratch and having sit down family meal time is important and saves money.
More money saving resources.
If you are looking for other great money saving resources checkout these great money saving books from various writers. These books will change your life for the better.
Have an amazing day!