5 Money-Saving Tips
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5 Money-Saving Tips

We thought we’d share a few simple ways we’ve found to save money. We understand these aren’t for everyone, but maybe you’d like to try a couple, or maybe they’ll give you ideas of ways you can be saving money! Comment below with simple ways you’ve found to save money.

Share an Order when Eating Out

Share an Order when Eating Out
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We do this quite often! Most places serve too much much food for one person to eat anyways, so sharing doesn’t mean going hungry. If it’s a place we know serves smaller quantities (or if it’s a burger or something) we’ll order our own. But like we’ve mentioned before on our blog, we always share a bowl at Chipotle. We also share a plate at Panda Express, just for a couple of examples.

Don’t Throw Something Out Until it’s Fully Served its Purpose

Don't Throw Something Out Until it's Fully Served its Purpose
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This could be applied to many things, but one example would be mending socks. Now I’m sure some people would much rather just throw out the sock as soon as it gets a hole and buy a new one, and that’s fine. But if you’re like me and don’t mind sitting down every now and then to do some mending, you can make the life of a pair of socks last months longer.

Or as my Mom would say growing up, “Use it up. Wear it out. Make do. Do without.”

DIY is Fun and Saves Money

DIY is Fun and Saves Money
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Think about different things you pay people to do for you, and see if you can learn to do any of those yourself. For example, I learned to cut Peter’s hair, and my sister cuts my hair, so neither of us pay to get our hair cut!

Buy on Sale

Buy on Sale
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We do our grocery shopping at Winco. One reason I like Winco is they always have certain items on sale. They mark it down with a green price tag so it’s easy to spot. So that we don’t end up with a bunch of extra stuff we don’t need just because it was on sale, I make a somewhat vague grocery list. For example, if we need fruit, instead of writing down specific fruit, I will just put fruit on the list. Then when I go shopping, I walk around looking at the different fruit to see which has a green tag. Normally they have boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99 a pound, but every now and then they mark it down to $1.29 a pound. When I see they have it cheaper, I get about 10 pounds and cut and freeze it.

Buy Used

Buy Used
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Whether it’s furniture or cars, often you can find like-new items for WAY cheaper. Sometimes you can’t even tell it’s used!

5 thoughts on “5 Money-Saving Tips

  1. Great post Savannah!

    There’s something honest/right about frugle living. It’s rewarding in a special way and helps develop a mindset that is resourceful and abundant.

    One way to measure wealth is by the gap between the level of income that comes in to your household and what it costs you to live. Even on a modest income – you can achieve that gap. Living frugally unlocks a measure of ‘wealth’ that many people miss.

    Some of my happiest and most content moments in my life have been with a modest income and simple living.

  2. I really like the tips you posted! Roy & I already practice some of them. I would warn you though about the hair cutting tip. I know a JAF lady that got fined by the state for trimming her father’s hair. Someone turned her in to the state license powers that be. Since she’s not a licensed cosmetologist, the fine was hefty!

  3. These are good ideas, Savannah! I think frugality is making a come-back. I appreciate the tip on mending. A little thread and a few well-placed stitches can extend the life of many a piece of clothing. Also, I keep a list of items we need/want and then shop second-hand first.

  4. Another idea is cancel “subscriptions” to catalogs and other emails that send you notices of sales, etc. If you see those, you’re more likely to be enticed to buy something you don’t really need.

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