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101 Ways to Save Today

December 14, 2008 |

We have a great stickied thread on our message board titled, “So How Are You Saving $ Today?” The thread is filled with ways the ladies have saved money each day by choosing to live frugally.  Here are some ways they have saved money… I hope you can glean from these great ideas!

  1. Wash laundry in cold water
  2. Use homemade detergent for washing clothes
  3. Eat all of your meals at home
  4. On warm days, hang laundry on the line outside to dry
  5. Knit a blanket with leftover yarn instead of buying one
  6. Cut dryer sheets in half
  7. Eat leftovers for lunch
  8. Borrow movies from the library instead of going to the movie theater
  9. Turn in books to the used book store for store credit, & use the credit to get new-to-you books.
  10. Shop at Dollar Tree
  11. Take steps to lower your heating bill in the winter
  12. Save vegetable seeds to plant
  13. Stay home & don’t go to Wal-mart!
  14. Make homemade snacks
  15. Use rags instead of paper towels
  16. Cloth diapers instead of disposable
  17. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
  18. Clip coupons
  19. Turn day old bread into breadcrumbs
  20. Avoid wasting money on clothes by buying clothes that are right for your body
  21. Keep lights & tv off during the day
  22. Don’t buy frivolous stuff – ask yourself if you really need it
  23. Bring lunch to work instead of eating out
  24. Use up leftovers – don’t let them go to waste
  25. Make birthday cards
  26. Watch the cash register and check receipts to keep from getting overcharged on items
  27. Use a calculator as you shop to help you from going over your budget
  28. Save gas by doing all of your errands in one day instead of little trips throughout the week
  29. Make a grocery list before going to store, and stick to the list when shopping
  30. Look into lowering your insurance premium by raising your deductible
  31. Buy plastic washable bottles and fill with water instead of buying bottled  water
  32. Make homemade pizza instead of ordering out
  33. Use craft materials you have on hand to make gifts
  34. In the summer, use ceiling fans instead of the AC
  35. Buy paint from the “oops paint” section at Home Depot
  36. Shop at Goodwill
  37. Shop at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for home improvement
  38. Do once a month cooking
  39. Used powdered milk for cooking
  40. Buy a whole chicken and cut it up, rather than buying parts
  41. Make meal menus
  42. Check paper for grocery specials in your area
  43. Pay bills on time and avoid late fees
  44. Cook from your freezer using up odds and ends
  45. Only run dishwasher when you have a full load
  46. Create a budget for your family
  47. Reuse Ziploc storage baggies
  48. Call your cable company and see if they are running any specials that will lower your bill
  49. Don’t pay full price for anything – buy on clearance
  50. Unplug appliances when not in use
  51. Bake your own bread
  52. Make homemade soup instead of buying canned soup
  53. Do your own oil change for your car
  54. Pay your bills online and save on postage
  55. Check Freecycle in your area for things you need
  56. Shop around for prescriptions.  Walmart has deeply discounted prices on many medications.
  57. Walk instead of drive, if possible
  58. Take advantage of CVS’s ECBs (extra care bucks)
  59. Shop at garage sales
  60. Cook frugal meals
  61. Use cell phones only
  62. Can fruits & veggies from your garden
  63. Barter
  64. Put together a price book so you know the best places to buy items
  65. Rent carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself
  66. Make window treatments using fabric remnants
  67. Use the crock pot on busy days so you won’t be tempted to pick up fast food
  68. Research free things to do in your town
  69. Cook fewer meat meals each week
  70. Make sun tea
  71. Eat before you go to the grocery store
  72. Wear jeans more than once before washing
  73. Use rechargeable batteries (there’s a higher upfront cost, but you only buy them once)
  74. Use fluorescent light bulbs – they last longer, and use less energy
  75. Drink water instead of soda
  76. Do what UPS does – plan your driving routes to avoid left hand turns.  UPS studies show that avoiding left hand turns saves time, conserves fuel, reduces emissions, and reduces potential for accidents
  77. Buy durable items and take care of them
  78. Reset the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees
  79. If your hot water heater is hot to the touch, insulate it to save energy
  80. Only use credit cards when you can pay the entire balance before your credit card’s grace period is over
  81. Turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth
  82. Buy for next year during after holiday sales
  83. Instead of going out with friends, stay in and play cards or board games
  84. Cook from scratch instead of buying convenience food
  85. During winter, dress warmly for bed and lower your thermostat at night
  86. After using oven, open oven door to heat room
  87. When your dishwasher gets to the drying cycle, turn it off and open the door to help heat the room
  88. Stockpile when you come across great deals
  89. When grocery shopping, always compare the item’s cost per unit
  90. Get rid of clutter by selling on eBay or Craig’s list
  91. Put a time limit on showers
  92. Insulate, weatherstrip, or caulk your home
  93. Don’t buy expensive boxed cereal
  94. Have a Trash to Treasure swap with friends – bring unwanted household items to trade with friends
  95. Repair your own appliances with the help of RepairClinic.com
  96. Some food (especially meat) is less expensive when bought in bulk
  97. Find the best gas prices in your area
  98. When grocery shopping, leave children at home
  99. Carpool for work, for school and kids’ activities, and run errands with friends
  100. Instead of buying books, read books online for free,  or borrow from the library
  101. Make your own non-stick cooking spray by adding your favorite oil to a spray bottle

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  1. 1

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    Alberto says:

    Is nice to see some good articles like this one, thank you.

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    Michelle says:

    This is the direction the entire economy is going, better jump on in now.

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    chatty kathy says:

    This A awesome list. I used to do the oven open thing until my fire meter #’s went up high because it is a gas oven. And it was turned off. The fireman neighbor told me not to do it. I used to love the fresh baked cookie smell.

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    Michele says:

    If you put a softball size ball of aluminum foil in the dryer you won’t need dryer sheets. (& it’s reusable)!

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    Interesting, I have not heard about this

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    Jacky says:

    Somebody recommended using cell phones, except you’ve got to make sure if you have teens they don’t overdo it on the texting, and that’s exactly what they do given half a chance. Get them a cheap prepaid plan like Net10 and put a cap on how many minutes you buy them. You can buy 250 minutes a month for $25 and a good phone for under $30.

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    Jenn says:

    To save time and electricty ($$) and eliminate waste, we purposely create leftovers. The trick is to have a plan in mind on how they will be used. On taco night while the pan is hot anyway we cook double the required ground beef, setting half aside before the seasoning goes in. Next night we have pasta night with the leftover ground beef added into the sauce. On pasta night we cook extra noodles, which become a side dish for the next night with a whole baked chicken. The leftover chicken becomes chicken enchiladas the following night….and so on. The leftovers of the actual dinner automatically become lunch the next day for some or all of us depending how much was left over and who has access to a microwave. We don’t just put the leftovers in the refrigerator after dinner, instead we all get out our lunch containers and divide everything up. The next morning the containers are popped into lunch bags along with a fruit, veggie sticks and a refillable water bottle. I can’t remember the last time we had to throw out food. I certainly try to keep the initial purchases under control, but never wasting what I did pay for is always a priority. If you add up the cost in dollars, electricity, time and effort of driving to the store, walking up and down all the aisles, hauling it into the house, refrigerating/freezing, preparing and cooking it, only to throw it away..? That would drive me bananas.

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    Jenn says:

    Growing children need their clothes replaced fairly frequently. There’s no getting around it. At least twice a year (spring/fall normally) I have them try on everything and sort out what can be passed to the next child, sent to consignment or donated. Then I make a list of what NEEDS to be replaced. Just because you got rid of 3 dresses doesn’t mean your daughter needs 3 new ones. Did she wear them regularly? Is she now past that dress phase? My daughter had 6 skirts we got rid of at the last clean out. She’s now in jeans mode and will only wear a skirt to fancy events, but not school. Now she has one dressy black skirt. The most frugal place to get kids clothes is from the box of hand-me-downs from older siblings and cousins. If what we need isn’t there, then we go to the Salvation Army, and as a last resort stores with sales. When kids are young they grow through their clothes so quickly that very little actually gets worn out.

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    arti parkash says:

    This is great article. I feel that there are many mistakes I have been making and waiting money in very little things. I will correct my habits from now on and save money. Thanks for this website which shared this useful information.

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    Sue says:

    What a wonderful article ! I always enjoy finding new ideas and ways to save time/ money /energy ! I loved the idea that Jenn contributed on meal planning ! That’s awesome ! I began growing a vegetable garden about 18 yrs ago, and have saved a lot that way,and save on having to buy expensive compost, by using a composter . We also enjoy canning and dehydrating part of the fruits and vegetables that we grow. I also have made my own laundry detergent and have used that. I have bought jugs of fabric softener,but I found that if I just pour half of one jug into another empty jug,and add water to fill the both of them,it works just fine for our family. I actually dont use as much as what they say to use,and that helps too. I am talking about full loads of laundry,by the way..
    My sons do buy bottled water,but they recycle the bottles,and save the money from that for things they might need or for treats like a movie night.
    We use vinegar to clean with as well as baking soda,which really does save money and cleans well for us.
    I started buying yards of fabric, a few years ago, and kept it around for when times started getting a bit lean. Buying fabric remnants does help save money.It may not be the most beautiful fabric,but it is still useful,and can come in handy when a shirt/blouse or other article of clothing is needed.

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    Tiffany says:

    The aluminum foil works great in the summer but not so much in the winter if you have dry air. It is also very loud. I went back to using dryer sheets for this winter and save them for other household uses. I still make my laundry soap though, will never stop using it. I love it! I bar of Fels Naptha (shredded and put through the food processor to make it tiny granules)mixed with 1/2 c. A&H super washing soda and 1/2 c. Borax. 2 T. per load. Works great and smells great too.

    Prepaid cells are great for some, but beware that not all prepaid phones or Trac phones are able to be located by 911 systems. If you are in need of help and don’t know where you are they won’t be able to find you. Didn’t know that until I bacame a 911 dispatcher. Sometimes it only shows the tower that it bounced off of. I was going to get my boys prepaid until we found this out.

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    Jean says:

    For dryer sheets mix 1:1, liquid fabric softener and water in spray bottle. A few squirts onto an old washcloth in each dryer load works just fine. I started doing this over 5 years ago and have yet to go through one bottle of fabric softener.

    I also make my own laundry soap using Borax, Washing Soda and Baking Soda. Only 1/8 c per load in front loading washer. I’ve found the grated soap doesn’t always dissolve in cold water.

    Liquid starch diluted with water in a spray bottle last a lot longer than spray cans of starch.

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