Because of the type of work I do, I often go months without working. I have learned to put money aside for those times and also to be frugal and make that money last as long as possible.
I have practiced frugality for a very long time. Now due to the economy, many people are following suit.
Frugal websites are popping up all over the Internet, whereas before, I had to really dig to find some decent ones.
It is now hip to be frugal :) Cool.
Here are some frugal things I now do out of habit:
- Use half the laundry detergent required - my clothes always come clean.
- Cut dryer sheets in half - and I buy the store brand which is cheaper.
- I stock up on sale goods that we use often.
- I add a bit of water to both my shampoo and my body wash.
- Lights get turned off when not needed.
- We keep the temp low in winter and dress warmly (we have a bigger house to heat now too).
- I wear outer (pants and tops) clothes more than once if not dirty. I'm still working on this concept with my son - if he changes his shirt midday - he tosses it into the laundry.
- I do my best to use up leftovers or freeze them for later.
- I always look at prices - my husband has to pay more attention to this - he came home with a (very) small loaf of bakery bread that cost $5 dollars last week!
- I dilute any cleanser that I can.
- I buy fabric at thrift stores for my sewing projects.
- I buy clothes at thrift stores.
- We have replaced all regular light bulbs with compact florescent ones.
What are some of things you do (or are planning to start doing) to be frugal or save a few bucks?