Money and time saving ideas about frugal and better living.
This is a guide about uses for clothespins. While most of us in the US dry our clothing in clothing dryers, there are still many uses for clothespins around the house.
This guide is about homemade spray chalk. When you need a quick non-toxic outdoor marker, you may have what you need.
I had some house plants I had to get rid off so I took pictures of them to the local florist. They took some of the plants and gave me fresh cut flowers in exchange.
Please don't take free items just because you are too cheap. As a result, items that had been free we now have to pay for. Here are just a few examples.
If you live near any university area and there are students from all over the country or foreign students, watch out when school is over. Some students throw away everything they own when they have to move back home. From dry or canned food stuff, dishes, to beds; you take your pick.
You know how some retailers use little plastic bags of air to cushion and protect the product during shipping? You can take an empty zip bag and fill that with air to do the same thing. I've used it lots of times when packing fragile items for moving.
If you have internet service anywhere, then you also have phone service. Find the telephone receiver icon on the Gmail email home page. Hit that icon, then dial the number.
If you are like me, you like to find a use for everything, rather than throw it away. At a minimum, you will settle for putting it with the recycling, or donating it, as long as, it does not go to waste.
When our bath towels get worn around the edges, usually the center portion is still nice and plush. I cut them in either 4 equal pieces for hand towels, or 6 pieces for wash cloths.
One of my splurges is subscriptions to several magazines. I only purchase subscriptions from discount sites, but it is vital to read the "fine print".
Look for green money, too. Look behind pictures in frames, between pages of old books, on the underside of drawers and shelves...
If you are going to use paper towels the most obvious savings are to always buy the "select-a-size" where there are already perforations for a half a sheet.
My husband am I just got new phones. I was not able to use my old phone as a discount, so found two ways to continue to use it.
I saw my daughter using one of her empty mechanical pencils as a stylus on her DSI. I am sure it could be used on any electronic which has a touch screen.
Being frugal is not all about saving money. It is a discipline lifestyle, at least for me. Growing up with a single parent, I know the struggles my mother had putting clothes on our backs and food on the table. I too became a single mother.
Can a watch battery go dead with the stem pulled out? I replaced a bunch of watch batteries and left the stem out on all of them. They went dead after 2 years. How long should they last with stem out? I kind of forgot about them, so was surprised when they were all dead!
I am a coupon queen, and while I am not at the level of those extreme couponers, I can still do some damage at the store! Recently, I was able to save my friend almost $17 in hair care products with coupons.
My Expo Dry Erase markers are not old, but one just dried up and the lid was on it. Is there anything you can do to "rewet" them?
Awhile ago I posted something on thriftyfun.com that I had written about a dog I had trained and I just wanted to reread it.
To save water, empty the back of your toilet and put a 2 litre bottle into the back filled with water. When you flush, it will use less water. I did this in the washer as well, it worked for smaller loads.
If you have shoes that are uncomfortable, spray the uncomfortable area of the shoes inside and out with bath spray (also called body splash and body spray), then wear the shoes until they are dry. Repeat if needed.
We recently needed a rental car while our car was in the shop. I checked the online deals and they were all very high. I remembered that U-Haul advertises $29.95/day rentals. This does not include mileage, so be sure you will not be driving many miles.
I found my true calling. I know how to save a buck or lest try. As soon as I finish this post, I will be going to get my Sunday papers and look through the coupons, sales and ads.
Times are definitely tough for many of us and there is little or no cash for treats and little luxuries. At our house to make belt tightening a bit more fun, we have invented a game; "Good to the Last Drop".
I am trying to help out a friend with big financial problems due to poor choices over many years. My question to all of you successful TF folks is, is it possible to manage on the income she has coming in and get this nightmare turned around?
Growing up, I had two cousins who lived across the street from me. They were sisters. One was bigger and the other was smaller than me. The clothes went from my cousin to me, then back to the younger cousin. This went on for years.
For all of you very frugal TF readers out there, I have a big dilemma. I am trying to help someone out with and was wondering if you could guide me. Is it possible to live on $1000 per month with a mortgage payment of $800 a month which includes the taxes?
I love saving money. I love shopping. I love living the good life. Sometimes those worlds collide with each other. I wonder if the occasional going out or buying something with a coupon or on sale, makes me a frugal fraud.
The public library is one of our greatest resources. In every city and town, small or large; it offers adults and children alike a place to go for intellectual stimulation, knowledge, information and somewhere to congregate at a very small fee of just the price of a library card.
Do you have the same problem? "Buy one get one free" deals at the grocer sounds great but not if the produce goes to waste! A whole watermelon is tempting but then, since there are only two of us, it doesn't get completely eaten and is thrown out.
My husband has been having trouble with his lower back and trying out various pillows and so on to support his back in the car. Finally, he tried using a piece of foam packing material which has worked fine and cost nothing
Vacuum cleaner bags can get expensive and I found a great tip. When the bag is full, unfold and cut the top or bottom of the bag out, empty in another trash bin. Using a stapler fold and staple the bag back together and replace just like a new one.
Do you ever wonder how much of a product, such as lotion, gets thrown away when you can no longer squeeze or pump any more out? I did.
My family is now not just one percent poor side, but my parents are poor now too. I have always lived frugally, but now my mom has returned to frugal living just to survive, and I am reteaching her what she has forgotten, and the new frugal sources as well as the old ones.
I am a frugal woman. The joke around here is that I can squeeze a buffalo nickle until it potties. There are a few things I choose not to cut corners with.
Can someone tell me how find bed and other furniture for a needed family?
When I receive catalogs or those thick fliers in the mail, I go through them and turn down the page for anything I "think" I want. Then I put it aside for about 1 week. At that point, I look at those items again.
The Gautama Buddha, over 25 centuries ago, commended frugality. As an example, he taught the first monks and nuns to make their robes from "pure cloth" that is cloth that no one wanted.
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." It always makes me stop and think about what I want to do and if I can accomplish it without having to buy anything for the project.
I've done so much for so long with so little, that now I can do anything with nothing.
Frugal living, to me, means using what I have before buying something new. When I am in need of something, I first think about what I already have that might fulfill my needs, and try to use that first.
Spring is here and so comes the traditional spring cleaning. This year, due to my retirement, I really have the time to do a thorough cleaning of closets and cupboards. I've been discovering long lost "treasures" and duplicate grocery items.
I pay many bills online. Instead of throwing away the window envelopes from bills, I cut out addresses or use labels to cover the window. I don't have to buy envelopes and I am not adding paper to the garbage.
I have always been frugal. I am even more frugal as I get older and the economy has forced me to be more frugal, to stretch the almighty dollar. I access web sites, use coupons, go to clothes/food giveaways all in the effort to pay my bills and saving as much money as I can.
The best coupons I have found to buy deodorant are around Mother's Day and Father's Day. Usually with coupons and BOGO sales, you can easily stock up for the year and beyond.
I have small children who usually use more soap than they need. I think that foaming soap dispensers help to reduce the soap consumption. I've found that the Bath and Body Works brand foaming handsoap dispensers work well for reuse.