Make out your menu for the week in advance. Then go to the grocery store with a list of all the ingredients you need for those meals. You save money by only going to the grocery store once in the week (therefore greatly reducing the amount of impulse purchases you make), plus you won’t end up buying a bunch of random food that doesn’t amount to 7 good meals.
Plan your week’s meals based on what’s on sale at the grocery store or what coupons you have.
Copycat. If you see something in a store or a magazine that you like, try to copy it. I’ve done this with my a multitude of things in my house including the stump table I featured this week. Cost in a store? Around $300. My price? $40.
Don’t wash your clothes every time you wear them. Unless you’re peeing in your pants, there’s no reason to wash them every time you wear them. You can get at least 5 wears out of a pair of jeans. You save on the hydro/gas for washing and drying, plus you save on laundry detergent AND your clothes last longer. Washing clothing wears them out.
Don’t go places where they sell things. Seriously. Just don’t leave the house.
Sleep standing up. If you sleep standing up your hair won’t mess up and you won’t need to wash it in the morning, saving on water consumption and hydro for your hairdryer. Plus your mattress and sheets will last an indefinite number of years.
Place all your unopened bills in a neighbour’s mailbox. You’d be surprised at the amount of times they’ll pay them without even noticing.
Brush your cat or dog regularly. With the saved up pet fur insulate your spring coat so you don’t need to buy a new winter one. If you have a large enough breed you might also have enough to knit a fur business suit.
Create your own artwork for your walls by smearing colourful leftovers onto paperplates.
Hang them on the wall in a pleasing manner until they start to gather mold or smell unpleasant. When this happens you can take them down and feed the plates to your pets. This may result in their fur falling out in patches, therefore blessing you with extra coat insulation.
Save money by cancelling your television cable. Entertain each other by trying to act out television episodes from the 80’s and 90’s from memory. Marble Rye. We were on a break. Did I do that?
I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me and my family.
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