What is the best 'frugal living' tip you have?

United States
December 10, 2006 7:05pm CST
I am getting ready to move to a more expensive apartment & need to start crunching the budget. What suggestions do you have to help save?
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12 responses
@vijay12 (1643)
• India
11 Dec 06
If I were you,I would not go to an expensive apartment at the "expense" of other things.
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• United States
11 Dec 06
Well, I have considered that, but the lower priced apartments are in areas that I do not want to raise my daughter in, and the schools are not as good either. Therefore, I have to give up some things in order to be sure that my daughter is able to live in a safe place and for her to go to the best public schools possible. Thanks for posting.
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@cpamanda (694)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Never throw anything away and resell it on e-bay. lol No seriously, I guess my best way to save money is to watch grocery sales and plan my meals that week on the meat on sale. Or, hopefully, dinner on demand is going to help save some $.
• United States
12 Dec 06
yeah, i know all about the never throw anything away...ha ha! I am good at the sale thing, not so good about the meal planning, since i usually eat a sandwich or cereal for dinner....
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Cut back on your cable package and cell phone package if possible. I also agree with the previous person who talked about eating out. You can usually cook a lot cheaper than you can eat out. And take you lunch and drinks with you at work, that includes not stopping for coffee. Combine any trips that you have to make together. And my #1 tip is not to go to the store unless you have to. The more trips to the store the more money you will spend.
• United States
12 Dec 06
I already don't go out for lunch, except on Fridays. And I bring my own drinks or drink water. But you are definitely right about the trips to the store. Can't ever get out of there for less than $25 or $30, most times lots more.
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Dollar stores are great, if you have any around. You kind find a lot of kitcheny things for a buck!
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• United States
11 Dec 06
I agree. I love dollar stores & try to check them out every couple of weeks to see if they have different things in stock. I rely on dollar stores for stationary stuff, gift wrap, etc. I have found tons of great buys!
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• United States
7 Jan 07
Definitely shop the thrift stores for household items! You can get glasses, plates, pans, lamps and so much more for a fraction of the price! If you're "shy" about letting others know it, you never have to tell where you got it from. Just say "Oh I don't remember" or make up a store that carries similar items!
• United States
4 Feb 07
when you go to fast food restaurants or starbucks, stock up on ketchup, mustard, sugar, and honey packets. This will save you lots of money in the long run. Also do your shopping for toiletries online. Just order free samples off of the interenet. You can get anything form deoderant, to detergent, to tampons, to tea for free off of the internet. This will save you money too. Here is one website you can go to for free samples. i order them every week. mysavings.com
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Isn't that kind of like stealing? I mean the condiments? I see your point, but think I might feel weird taking all of those things from restaurants....
@anyablue (363)
• United States
22 Jan 07
The little things too can add up: 1. Turn the lights off when you exit a room. 2. Maintain a constant temperature in your apartment. 3. Try using store brands instead of name brands. You can hardly notice the difference. 4. Save and use coupons - but don't buy the paper just for the coupons. I'm sure you know someone who gets the paper. They might let you have the coupons. 5. Look at the supermarket fliers before you shop so you know what is on sale. 6. Determine what expenses are truly necessary, then try to get a reduced rate. I have negotiated lower car insurance and internet service by contacting customer service and telling them I was looking for a new provider. This really only works if you have good credit with the companies. 7. Check out your local library - they usually have a couple dozen books on how to "live frugally." Good luck and happy saving!
• United States
2 Feb 07
Thanks for posting. I'll have to check the library for some of those books.
@mnksmommy (302)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I cook a lot of things from scratch. I shop the dollar stores for cleaning and household things. I also check out sale papers and coupons.
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@COLLIS2 (480)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Go to the dollar store nearest you a lot. Every community seems to have one. They sell lots of useful things for only one dollar.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Join your local Freecycle group. www.freecycle.org
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20 Jan 07
Make lunch at home to take to work with you and send to school with your daughter. It could potentially save you £10.00 each per week, that's £520.00 each per year, so over £1000.00 per year just for making your own lunches. I'd also advise you to prepare a weekly food menu for what you will eat each night, it helps to stop food going to waste as well as helping to prevent the urge to buy takeaways. I also find it helps to stop me overbuying. Good luck!
• United States
30 Jul 08
If you go to the movies try to sneek your own pop in along with snacks ;-)