The paths to living frugally are as diverse as the reasons to be frugal.
Here are some living frugal tips to get you started:
Get a library card.
Not only can you borrow print media such as books and magazines, most libraries also allow you to borrow CDs and DVDs for free! You may have to put your name on a waiting list for a new release, but waiting a week or two could save you the rental charge as well as the late fees racked up at those video rental boxes. Being frugal doesn't mean going without, but a a small change in your spending habits can make a big difference!
Try using coupons.
I was afraid to eat any snacks at my grandma's house when I was young. She would have coupons for cat or dog treats and couldn't resist the bargain even though she didn't have a pet. It's not being frugal if you weren't going to buy it anyway,
so make sure you are targeting coupons for items you actually use and
need - and don't feed pet treats to your grandchildren!
Eat at home.
Eating out adds up quickly, especially when you add a couple
of drinks. Go the frugal route, and have a much better for you meal
in the comfort of your own home. Have trouble coming up with ideas
every night? There are a TON of websites that provide recipes (check out our organic recipes). One of my favorites is allrecipes.com, which
allows you to search recipes by ingredients you have on hand. Set up
a recipe swap with friends or coworkers – each person writes out a
copy of their 5 favorite recipes for each person. You share 5 of your
favorites plus get five from each of the people swapping. A fun and easy living frugal tip!
Skip the department store.
Shop resell stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, or (online) ShopKarma. You're practicing living frugally and being and environmentally responsible at the same time!
Use technology to help you.
If you're like me, you always remember to turn the heat down after you've already left the house. Invest in a programmable thermostat that you can adjust from your smart phone. Turning the temperature down (winter) or up (summer) when you leave and when you go to bed can save you hundreds annually.
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