Ways to live frugally  

  Tip Sheet Credibility: 29

» Arts & Humanities

created by Kaiberie 2009-07-18 03:29:07 pm

Tip Sheet

to say that buying more single serving items will save us in the long run, is purely arbitrary hogwash. profoundly ignorant.

Tip Credibility: 71   (Best Tip!)

submitted by suepaige27 2010-10-20 10:38:03 am    


Get to know your neighbours, see what you have in common. Suggest a 'street party/picnic' (alcohol free?) with every home/family contributing some food and ideas for activities. This often leads to more ideas and fun things that don't require money.

Tip Credibility: 53

submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-23 05:07:53 am    

Visit bakeries and supermarket delis just before closing time and ask if there's any food on discount or free. They're gonna throw it out anyway, and they do want to see a happy customer. If they help you out, say Thanks! and visit their shop more often

Tip Credibility: 53

submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-25 07:45:38 pm    

This may seem contrary, but buying single serving items will save in the long run. No reheating leftovers, no food poisoning worries.Use it,throw away the wrapper, you are done.One dozen box of instant oatmeal packs,divide by twelve get per serving cost

Tip Credibility: 53

submitted by FGual 2009-09-12 12:17:01 pm    

Look to barter your services. I know you have something that you can give someone and vice versa. there are plenty of online sites that organize all this bartering - like : favorpals.com

Tip Credibility: 43

submitted by apierce 2009-09-02 08:57:41 pm    

Start a garden, preferably organic. See my tip sheet entitled 'How to Start Organic Gardening At Home' for info on how to get started: compost, seeds, companion planting, sawdust to improve soil, seaweed, stable manure, etc.

Tip Credibility: 41

submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-26 09:19:54 pm    


At Publix supermarkets, they have their store brand on many items, plus buy one get one free something every week. Savings add up.

Tip Credibility: 36

submitted by FGual 2009-09-12 12:03:55 pm    

Get out of the house and ride your bike. Not only do you get great exercise and lose weight but you will not be as hungry so you will spend less on food,gas and electricity.

Tip Credibility: 24

submitted by JohnS 2009-08-20 12:06:41 pm    

Also, my wife and I use the eCoupons on restaurant.com we have saved a ton of money with coupons or discounted certificates for our local favorite eateries.

Tip Credibility: 21

submitted by ontargetairsoft 2009-07-20 09:04:46 pm    

Visit free attractions, or look for free entry into paid attractions. Many museums offer free entry once a week or just before closing time.

Tip Credibility: 20

submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-18 07:14:15 pm    

When buying groceries, take a shopping list with you and solely buy from that list. Don't be tempted to buy other items that take your fancy. Alternatively, order your groceries for online delivery so that you receive exactly what you ordered.

Tip Credibility: 19

submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-18 09:06:58 pm    


Brew your own beer and make your own wine, rather than buying this from the supermarket. This can also introduce you to a fun hobby.

Tip Credibility: 19

submitted by Impact Productions 2009-07-18 09:37:52 pm    

When in need of tools or equipment don't buy or even rent--at least not until you ask friends & neighbors if they have what you need and will lend it to you. Best: organize a tool/equipment lending list for your neighborhood and share it with everyone.

Tip Credibility: 19

submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-31 11:45:44 am    

Cut food waste. Plate out smaller servings at meal times. Those who want more can get second helpings. Less leftovers will be left on plates to be thrown out. Anything left in the serving dish can be used creatively in another meal.

Tip Credibility: 19

submitted by WriteAngled 2011-08-15 01:12:21 pm    

Instead of going to the movies, have a family game night. Look for board games at garage sales and thrift shops. Make some popcorn and kool-aid and have fun together.

Tip Credibility: 18

submitted by Rebecca 2009-07-18 09:29:29 pm    

Don't buy bottled water. Water is free, & most bottled water comes from the tap anyways. Instead get a water filter pitcher, or just enjoy water from the tap. Who knows what chemicals are in that plastic bottle.

Tip Credibility: 18

submitted by ontargetairsoft 2009-07-20 09:03:24 pm    

Stick to a weekly / monthly budget -- but before you arbitrarily impose one on yourself, track your actual spending for 1-3 months. See where your money REALLY goes, and where you can afford to cut back.

Tip Credibility: 18

submitted by JustinKownacki 2009-07-24 02:58:10 pm    

Instead of expensive vacations to resorts and amusement parks, take the family camping. Not only will it cost less, but you will get to spend more quality time together.

Tip Credibility: 17

submitted by Rebecca 2009-07-18 09:27:26 pm    

Amazon changes their prices all the time. If you can wait for an item, put it in your shopping cart and monitor the price for a few days. The cart price will update (up and down) with every change. Buy when it's at a sale price you can manage.

Tip Credibility: 17

submitted by digitaldreams 2009-07-23 03:33:17 pm    

Make a game out of trying to find as many things as possible for free or barter, instead of paying cash or credit. With a little ingenuity you'll be amazed at how many things you can get for free -- all legal and above-board.

Tip Credibility: 17

submitted by brightwings 2009-07-24 05:31:12 pm    

Instead of going to blockbuster or video store check them out of your library for free.

Tip Credibility: 17

submitted by Those2Girls 2009-07-29 10:20:29 pm    

Make large meals and freeze leftovers in single-serve containers. It's like TV dinners, but cheaper & healthier. When you shop, buy enough food to make large batches of anything that will freeze well. Also, buy bulk food, repackage and freeze to save $.

Tip Credibility: 17

submitted by brianadragon 2009-08-28 08:26:37 pm    

Focus on creating experiences rather than spending money. Look for ways to connect more deeply with family and friends, for example, a family picnic can be much more fun than just going out to lunch. Same meal, different experience.

Tip Credibility: 17

submitted by rachnajain 2009-09-02 02:10:47 pm    

Use your local library instead of buying books. If the library doesn't have a book you want, check out book swap programs or used book stores. Amazon is also a good place to get used books cheap!

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by Rebecca 2009-07-18 08:53:38 pm    

Sales tend to be yearly - if you can wait to buy bigger furniture items you can use the fact that most big companies hold several sales a year, and save yourself money.

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by Kaiberie 2009-07-25 10:53:40 am    

Use freecycle, both for your own needs and to recycle at better times - you'll save money on uplift or petrol to dispose of items, and may find things you need.

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by Kaiberie 2009-07-25 10:54:45 am    

To save gas and wear and tear on your car, run all your errands at the same time, one day a week by mapping out where to go in what order, making sure not to backtrack unnecessarily. Don't waste gas by running down to the store for just a couple things.

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by joyadams 2009-07-27 03:29:21 pm    

Don't waste your money by going out for your coffee every day. This can save you hundreds a month! Make your coffee at home and carry it with you. Also, stock up on soft drinks when they're on sale and always have something to drink with you.

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by joyadams 2009-07-27 03:32:40 pm    

Get your clothes from factory outlets that sell off over-runs of brand-name garments at really cheap prices. (The brand-name tags are usually cut off, though!)

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by panther223 2009-08-11 03:52:48 pm    

Don't get caught up in doing expensive things solely because your friends, neighbors, or relatives are doing them. Do things because you really enjoy them.

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by LarrySanDiego 2009-08-12 12:52:58 pm    

Sell things you are not using on Craigslist. It is free to list and the extra cash is always good. Another great benefit is you do not have to take care of things you do not own.

Tip Credibility: 16

submitted by zbikenut 2009-09-22 02:29:04 pm    

Stock up when the grocery store has items you use on sale. Also look for loss leader items. These are the items on the front page of the weekly sales ads that grocery stores put out. They take a loss on them to get customers into the store.

Tip Credibility: 15

submitted by Rebecca 2009-07-18 08:57:18 pm    

Instead of cable, watch television for free online at sites like hulu.com

Tip Credibility: 15

submitted by Rebecca 2009-07-18 09:00:03 pm    

save your Sunday paper coupons and use them during sales at the grocery stores. If you have trouble keeping track consider a free online service to tell what's on sale that week.

Tip Credibility: 15

submitted by digitaldreams 2009-07-23 03:32:00 pm    

If you & your friends sign up with affiliate programs on sites like Amazon.com, you can buy from each other's links to earn commission on each other's purchases - a fun, easy way to earn/save money.

Tip Credibility: 14

submitted by Lillea_Woodlyns 2009-11-17 09:17:02 am    

Use http://www.craigslist.org/ -> Look at the "For Sale" section. There are some great free giveaways in the "free" section as well as some great things you can barter in the "barter" section.

Tip Credibility: 10

submitted by apierce 2009-08-12 07:51:38 pm    

Visit supermarkets about an hour before closing time - they will have many food items marked down because they've reached their sell-by date

Tip Credibility: 7

submitted by Rose 2013-11-16 05:45:31 pm    

to say flat out that buying single serving items is cheaper than any other method of managing your finances frugally, is absolutely absurd and dangerous. life requires thinking, there is not easy fix all solution to modern life.

Tip Credibility: 5

submitted by suepaige27 2010-06-23 04:46:25 pm    

i think to be frugal, you must stop buying, buying, buying. No kidding, i know, but think of how much stuff you have. how about having a garage sale and getting rid of it all? i mean, do you really need 16 pairs of jeans?

Tip Credibility: 5

submitted by devon 2010-07-13 10:30:25 pm    

What do you know about that?


Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on TipDrop.com are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. TipDrop.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments.