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So what exactly is frugal living?
Frugal living is simply living well on less. Spending less money than you make and saving for the future.
Making the right choices for your family and not worrying about keeping up with the Joneses.
How does a person person start living more frugally?
By making smarter choices with their money. Did you know you can make your money work for you? Learn more about budgeting and making your money work for you with Dave Ramsey and the Total Money Makeover.
Frugal living isn’t about being cheap and hoarding away your pennies.
Frugal living is about choices.
- Looking for the brand that is on sale instead of your regular brand to save money.
- Choosing to meal plan and cook from scratch instead of eating out every night.
- Making the right choices for your family.
Below you will find 50 of the best frugal living tips. These tips will help you save money, lower your home expenses and provide you with some breathing room in your budget.
50 Of The Best Frugal Living Tips:
- Set up a budget – start making your money work for you
- Use cash envelopes – pay only with cash
- Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses
- Make the right choices for your family
- Set up a grocery budget
- Bulk buy and shop sales
- DIY your household cleaners
- Enjoy no spend actvities
- Meal plan – cook from scratch
- Bring your lunch from home
- Hang your laundry to dry
- Shop vintage and thrifty stores
- Preserve the harvest of the season
- Stop eating out – skip the drive thru
- Invest in baby steps
- Learn to stockpile
- Skip the paper products
- Drink more water, less juice and pop
- Grow your own food
- Shop online and save
- Invest in money saving appliances
- Learn to say “No”
- Use it, mend it, recycle it
- Cancel your magazine subscriptions
- Skip the expensive cell phone apps
- Turn the lights off when you aren’t using them
- Install a rain barrel water collection system
- Invest in draft and home moisture protection
- Check all appliances, fireplaces and hot water tanks for efficiency
- Become a one car family
- Cut the cable
- Ride your bike or take public transport
- Shop farm to table
- Downsize your home
- Plan a staycation
- Keep emergency cash handy
- Be prepared for all seasons
- Purchase items that will last
- Opt for slippers and blankets instead of turning up the heat
- Learn to use hand tools
- Barter and trade services and produce with neighbors
- Install low flow toilets and shower heads
- Do your own painting and redecorating
- Learn to DIY your own repairs
- Plan cheap dates
- Enjoy frugal fun
- Run your washing machine only when full
- Freeze your extra produce and more
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat or opt for meatless meals
- Start living well with less
If I had to think of one, just one frugal tip to give to another person. It would be to be prepared.
Be prepared for anything. Have an emergency fund. Life happens. An emergency fund will save you stress and debt. Trust me I know.
My top 5 frugal must haves:
- An easy to use budget
- A jar or bank to store loose change
- An envelope system – pay with cash skip the plastic
- A great family friendly meal plan
- Reusable quality lunch containers and food storage.
Call me crazy because a clothesline or DIY laundry soap might be on the top of a frugal persons must have list. But in our home food storage containers, jars and this lunch box are on my frugal must haves.
My husband works long hours on the road and this oven lunch box is the saving grace. No more cold sandwiches and wasted food. I can pack leftovers, soups and stews, you name it.
My husband can have a hot breakfast, lunch or dinner on the road. I am no longer wasting deli meat and sandwich supplies. The leftovers are being eaten and everyone is happy. Plus I am saving money. It is a win – win.
Now is the time to be more frugal.
Above you found 50 of the best frugal living tips and 5 of my frugal must haves. Between the two of these lists and things you are already doing to save money you are helping to put your family in the right direction to reach your goals.
Stop trying to keep up and start living the life you choose.
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity
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