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Some people think that living frugal means that you are living the “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle. They think that it’s all about growing your own food, making your own clothes and living off the land. Although, that lifestyle is very frugal, you don’t have to take it to that extreme. Here are 99 frugal living tips that are totally doable.
The definition of frugal is “being prudent and economical of the consumption of resources such as food, time and money”. It just means that you are careful how you spend your money and time and that you are not wasteful.
Here are some 21st century frugal living tips you can do without having to make your own clothing (unless you want to).
Frugal Living Tips – Food
- Shop for produce at your local farmer’s market
- Always shop with a list to save on groceries
- Buy generic items
- Plan meals around what is on sale
- Stockpile staples when they are on sale
- Use coupons and take advantage of double coupon days
- Take advantage of rainchecks if a sale item is out of stock
- Invest in a chest freezer and stock up on meat when it is on sale
- Don’t buy single serving packages, you just pay for all the extra packaging
- Eat less meat, make a few meat free meals a week.
- Repurpose leftovers
- Pack a lunch for work and school
- Utilize a crock pot as much as possible
- Cook more and eat out less
- Buy bulk when it makes sense
- Drink more water and less soda
- Invest in a food saver
- Use couponing apps such as Saving Star, Checkout 51 or Ibotta
- Buy fruit and veggies in season when they are less expensive and freeze to enjoy all year long
- Grow your own herbs with a window sill garden
- Make your own
Looking for more ways to save money on groceries? Here are a few post you need to check out
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How to Save Hundreds on Groceries
Frugal Living Tips – Utilities
- Line dry clothes outside when possible.
- Turn lights off when not in use.
- Don’t use the dry cycle on your dishwasher
- Utilize power strips
- Use CFL light bulbs
- Take shorter showers
- Install low flow aerator faucet heads and shower heads
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Use cold water to do laundry
- Insulate your water heater
- Slow down your internet service
- Give up your landline if you have cell phones
- Turn down your water heater temperature
- Clean air conditioner filters regularly
- Close heat registers in unused rooms
- Plant trees and shrubs strategically to shade and block wind
- Bundle services
- Keep your home well insulated
- Close shades to block the sun in summer and to block wind in the winter
- Wash your dishes by hand
You can read 13 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills for more tips
Frugal Living Tips – Transportation
- Keep tires well inflated
- Ride bike or walk when possible
- Drive your vehicle as long as it is safe
- Shop for better insurance rates
- Try to get by with one vehicle if you have two
- Use gasbuddy.com to find the lowest price on gas
- Keep your vehicle well maintained
- Use gas discount cards
- Buy used instead of new
- Run errands once a week to save gas
How To Save Money On Car Expenses
How to Buy a Used Car
Frugal Living Tips – Clothing
- Shop at garage sales, thrift store and online consignments shops like Swap.com & Thredup.com
- Purchase classic staple clothing/colors that you can mix and match easily
- Buy quality clothes that will last longer
- Learn to sew on a button and make minor repairs
- Avoid purchasing dry clean only clothing
- Shop at discount outlets
- Take advantage of end of season sales
- Dress minimally
- Embrace hand me downs
- If you do need to dry clean items purchase a DIY home dry cleaning kit
Check out 10 Brilliant Ways to Save On Kids Clothing for more tips
Frugal Living Tips – Household
- Make your own all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, etc
- Eliminate services you don’t need
- Use rags instead of paper towels to clean messes
- Learn how to DIY
- Use plastic shopping bags in small trash cans
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones
- Wash and reuse freezer bags
- Keep appliances well maintained
- Make your own gifts
- Fill your dishwasher to capacity before turning it on
Here are some DIY recipes that will help you save a bunch of money every year.
DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent
DIY Natural Dryer Sheets
DIY Foaming Hand Soap
DIY Chemical Free All Purpose Cleaner
DIY Hair Mask Recipes
DIY Home Remedies for Acne
DIY Dry Skin Remedies
Frugal Living Tips – Off and Online Shopping
- Search for coupon codes or use extensions like Honey Chrome Extention that search for you
- Utilize cash back sites like Ebates.com (you will get $10 automatically deposited into your account once you make a $25 purchase by using my link to sign up) or MyPoints.com
- Use extensions such as Priceblink that alert you when there is a lower price for a product you are looking for
- Shop after season clearance
- Sign up for store loyalty programs
- Review receipts while still at the store for errors or keep a close eye on the scanner screen.
- Compare unit prices
- Check out clearance aisles regularly
- Research all big-ticket items
- Buy energy star appliances
- Use rewards cards to pay for purchases
Here are some tips on how to save money shopping.
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What to Ask Before Making a Major Purchase
How to Control Impulse Buying
Frugal Living Tips – Entertainment
- Check out local community events
- Rent or borrow movies instead of going to the theater
- Take your kids to the beach or local park for free and have a picnic
- Scope out local festivals and free concerts
- Invite friends over for a potluck instead of going out
- Host game nights instead of going out
- Rent books and DVD from the library
- Read magazines online
- Replace cable with a digital HDTV antenna
Frugal Living Tips – Health and Wellness
- Focus on maintaining good health and staying active
- Attend wellness clinics to take advantage of free or low-cost tests
- Get your flu shot
- Quit the gym and head outside to workout
- Buy generic prescriptions
- Brush and floss regularly
- Take advantage of flexible health spending accounts
- Utilize walk in clinics instead of emergency rooms if possible
- Quit smoking
Read more money saving posts:
Simple Ways to Pay Off Loans Faster
10 Financial Habits You Need to Start Today
Money Savings Apps
Being frugal doesn’t mean you are cheap, it means you are being smart about how you spend your money. Please leave a comment if you would like to share tips that you use to save.
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