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101 Frugal living tips designed to help you save on your household expenses.
Home is where you raise your family. Where you gather with friends. It is also the main source of your expenses. Running a household be it on a single income or a dual income can be hard in any economy. There are always wants, needs, must haves and bills. Learn how to cut down on your household expenses with these 101 super frugal living tips.
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Money saving tips.
One tip may save you several dollars. Two or three tips may save you up to $100 dollars a week. Try five or six tips and you could be on your way to saving for a holiday or helping yourself get out of debt.
Think about how much you could save this week if you packed your lunch and coffee to go? You could save up to, if not more that $75 a week.
What if you turned the heat down a bit how much would you save? What if you carpooled to work or planned all your errands together how much would you save?
What if you downsized to a smaller house how much would you save in mortgage/rent or utilities payments?
Think about all the money you could save by making just a few small changes.
101 Super Frugal Living Tips To Save Money On Household Expenses:
- Assess where all your hard earned money is going. (see message below)
- Enjoy the benefits of a budget
- Use the cash only envelope system
- Learning how to pay down your debt
- Contact your bank for a cheaper rate on your checking account
- Contact your mortgage broker about a cheaper rate
- 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
- Run your washing machine on the cold water cycle
- Invest in good money books
- Turn off lights that aren’t being used
- Cut the cable
- Cancel your landline telephone
- Stop using the pay as you go apps on your phones
- Unplug appliances that aren’t being used
- Turn the heat down and save on electricity
- Fix leaky faucets
- Turn the water off while you brush your teeth
- Hang your clothes to dry. Use a clothes line in the summer and a drying rack in the winter
- Check the sales flyers
- Use coupons when you grocery shop
- Make a grocery list and budget and stick to it
- Buy bulk, divide and freeze
- Cook from scratch
- Meal plan
- Eat your leftovers
- Pack a bag lunch (For a warm lunch on the go try this.)
- Ditch your single use paper and plastic items
- Grow a garden
- Preserve the bounty of your garden by canning, dehydrating
- Turn the lawn into a garden and grow your own food, no more mowing the lawn
- Switch to cloth napkins
- Save your coins in a jar
- Learn to do your own repairs
- Swap tools and skills with friends
- Downsize your home if you can
- Stop buying these things and save money
- 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
- Buy used clothing instead of new
- Purchased used, vintage furniture instead of new furniture
- 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
- Opt to buy generic goods to save money
- Plan a meal swap
- Weatherstrip the windows and doors
- Ensure your furnace and hot water tank are maintained
- Keep emergency cash handy
- Be prepared for all seasons
- Learn what you can freeze to save money
- 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
- Purchase quality items that will last
- Learn to say no
- Learn to take shorter cooler showers
- Only fill the bath 1/2 full for bath time
- Learn to knit, crochet and sew
- Learn to use household tools
- Do your own painting and redecorating
- Compost your food waste
- Add compost to your garden
- Plant fruit trees and berry bushes
- Shop local
- Use reusable bags, re-purpose your plastic bags
- Buy energy efficient appliances
- Install low flow toilets and shower heads
- Maintain all gas and wood burning fireplaces and heaters
- Learn how to make money online
- 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
- Plan staycation holidays
- Plan your errand to save time and gas
- Invest in a good slow cooker
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat or opt for meatless meals
- Buy larger portions of meat and portion them off in different cuts
- 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
- 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
- Eat more beans and rice dishes
- Eat more vegetarian meals
- Cut down on the electronic use, unplug and enjoy family time
- Start saving for retirement
- Learn to live without
Assess where all your hard earned money is going.
One of the keys to saving money is knowing where all your money is going. It maybe going to rent or to utilities or to coffee and a treat.
Gather up a weeks worth of receipts, a month would be better. Calculate where all your funds are going. Take a quick calculation of what you spent on groceries, housing, utilities, entertainment and so on.
Once you have figured out where all your money is going figure out if you can cut any of these items out to help you save on your household expenses.
For example do you eat out a lot? Could you cut back a start cooking more homemade meals? Or maybe you pay huge daycare fees.
Is there a way you can cut those costs down? Such as work from home one day a week or swap babysitting with a friend?
Where can you cut back and start saving?
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Updated July 7, 2019