Best Frugal Living Ideas For Families

Best Frugal Living Ideas For Families

Frugal Living Ideas

 

Frugal Living (MP) If you are looking to save money there are plenty of frugal living ideas out there that can help your family reach its goals.  Implementing this list help my family save $100’s of dollars per month and yours will too! Here are 11 frugal living tips to help you get started:

Best Frugal Living Ideas

  • Invest in a solar dryer,  just use a clothes line in the summer and a drying rack in the winter
  • Become a one car family
  • Ride your bike, walk or use public transport
  • Make your own laundry soap
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full
  • Use cold water in your washing machine.
  • Turn off lights that aren’t being used
  • Turn off the cable service
  • Cancel the landline telephone
  • Unplug appliances that aren’t being used. We’ve got a power strip that we can flip on and off when we need to.
  • create meal plans
  • Don’t throw away your leftovers
  • Packing your own lunch bag is money the great frugal living ideas
  • Switch to cloth napkins
  • Ditch your single-use paper and plastic items
  • Grow a garden
  • Turn the lawn into a garden and grow your own food.
  • Save your coins in a jar
  • Do your own repairs
  • Downsize your home if you can.
  • Sell things not being use.
  • Don’t buy stuff to impress people.
  • Make your own cleaning solutions using vinegar, water, and baking soda.
  • Recycle it and re-purpose everything.
  • Cut up old t-shirts and use them as cleaning rags.
  • Trade your goods and skills with others to save money.
  • Workout at home, skip the gym and use free online workout videos or DVDs.
  • Buy used clothing instead of new ones.
  • Purchased used, vintage furniture instead of new furniture.
  • Check the sales coupons and flyers before shopping.
  • Make a grocery list and budget and stick to it.
  • Try Youtube, if something breaks or you need to learn something. Youtube it.
  • Stay home and enjoy what you have.
  • Plan a no spend money weekend.
  • Plan to eat what you have or a meal plan for the week.
  • Opt to buy generic goods to save money.
  • Weather strip the windows and doors.
  • Keep emergency cash on hand.
  • Turn down the thermostat to about 68 or 60 if you can take it.
  • Save money on entertainment expenses.
  • Taking in free kids classes at your local craft stores, hardware stores, and library.
  • Do your own baking, housework, maintenance, and landscaping work.
  • Set a budget and stick to it.
  • Purchase items that will last.
  • Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Learn to knit, crochet and sew.
  • Learn to use household tools.
  • Do your own painting and redecorating.
  • Buy it in bulk.
  • Buy reusable bags and also re-purpose your plastic bags.
  • Compost your food waste.
  • Add compost to your garden.
  • Plant fruit trees and berry bushes.
  • Shopping local is one the best frugal living ideas.
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances to save over the long haul.
  • Install low-flow toilets and shower heads.
  • Maintain all gas and wood burning fireplaces and heaters.
  • Opt for sweaters, slippers, and blankets before turning up the heat.
  • Pay your insurance annually. You can save a few more bucks a year this way.
  • Keep your air conditioner filters changed/cleaned.
  • Close off the rooms in your house you aren’t using to save on heating and cooling.
  • Make your own household cleaners.
  • Make your own laundry soap.
  • Wives cut your husbands hair. Husbands learn to do the same.
  • If you are on medications, ask your doctor for the generic drug.
  • Drink more water!  Not only is it better for you than those soda’s but it’s FREE.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
  • Open the curtains/drapes on the sunny side of the house during the daytime.
  • Make your own gifts instead of buying.
  • When traveling, pack yourself some goodies from home.
  • When you have errands to run, make a list.
  • Instead of going out to the movies, subscribe to an internet service like Netflix.
  • Cancel magazine subscriptions.  Read them at your local library or online.
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Don Briscoe

Finance educator, advisor, and leading voice in the global financial literacy movement.Founder and editor of MoneyPacers.com.He lives and enjoys life with his family in New York.
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