Are you frugal?

United States
June 13, 2007 6:32pm CST
What ways do you save money? Do you enjoy it? Or do you just do it for necessity? I myself recently started this and now it has become a pleasurable obsession to figure out how to cut down on bills and expenditures. Do I go so far as to reuse dryer lint or milk carton rings? Heck no, but its fun to find out how to make stuff from scratch. How to do something simple as unplug everything you don't use to save up to $30 and $40 a month on electricity. It's wild!
2 responses
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
16 Jun 07
since i left home when i got married, i also became quite obsessed with saving. my hubby and i live on the equivalent of 2300 us dollars a month. both salaries combined. we own a house and live quite comfortable. i just make sure to save on everything. i have found this excellent site that gives good tips on saving. livingonadime.com check it out. i have subscribed to their newsletter and i read them as soon as it arrives.
• United States
18 Jun 07
I'm checking it out now. Thanks I love those sites!
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
21 Jun 07
Thank you for that link zorrogirl. I signed up for it and it looks like it could have some good suggestions. We lived for two years with an income of under $2000 a month with a family of five. It is interesting that we have cut out so much and yet do not miss it most of it.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
21 Jun 07
There is a lot of simple things that you can do to save money. We have lived on a limited income for a couple of years now. We called our utility company and asked for a free energy audit. They came out and did it and because we are low income they also did all the work for free. They gave us a whole bunch of floriscent lights. They weather striped all of our doors and windows. They were going to add more insulation in the ceiling but found ours was ok. The even gave us a new refrigerator that was energy star rated as the highest savings. We hung blankets over the windows in our bedrooms to keep out the heat and cold. We turned down the heat and up the cooling so the heater and air do not run as much (we still turn the cool air down at night so we can fall to sleep. We buy store brand products as nuch as possible instead of name brand products. We cook from scratch rather then buying meal kits or stater kits. We also shop at the big self service stores like Food4Less, Food Max and Winco to save money on food. It is surprising the difference over regular supermarket prices.
• United States
22 Jun 07
I am pretty sure our utility place would not be so generous. They don't care as long as they get their check. lol. Anyways, I already do alot of that stuff. The best thing I have found is to cook large batches of food for the month in 2-3 days during off peak hours (after 9pm I figure). That way you run the gas and electric less because you are only heating the oven once, and you are saving on stovetop or crockpot cooking because of the time of night you cook. And you are less tempted to eat out, because of having "fast food" at hom in the freezer. I like it best cause it is diet friendly for me.