What is frugal living?

Living frugally simply means that you don’t spend money on things that you see as wasteful. Frugal living involves spending money strategically, managing your money carefully, being resourceful and reducing waste.

Here are 19 tips to live a more frugal life.

Tip 1:

Look at your bank and credit card statements from the last 6 months. Check for any unnecessary subscriptions you have or don’t use and cancel them. For example, if you barely use Netflix because you mostly use another streaming service, cancel it. Have a subscription to JustFab? Cancel it. It seems great in theory, but it really just encourages you to spend more money on accessories that you don’t need and will sit in your closet. Ipsy subscription? Cancel it. I bet you have a cabinet full of makeup samples you’ll never use up before their expiration date. Subscription services can seem like a great deal in theory, but a lot of times they cause you to waste money. Choose one or two you use the most and cancel the rest.

Tip 2:

If you want to really cut costs, cancel your cable (if you have it) and all of your streaming services. YouTube has a plethora of free content for you to watch. Try it for a couple months. If you really miss your subscription to Hulu, you can always sign up again in the future.

Tip 3:

Don’t throw away leftovers. If you’re sick of eating that chili you made 2 days ago, freeze it in individual containers for an easy, microwaveable lunch in a couple weeks. The leftover roast chicken in your fridge can be turned into chicken salad or a casserole. Any fruits you know you won’t use before they go bad can be frozen and used for smoothies or in oatmeal. Many veggies can be frozen for use at a later time: peppers for a frozen pizza topping, broccoli for stir fry or carrots for fried rice. Speaking of fried rice, leftover rice is perfect for that. In my opinion it’s best to cut the veggies up before freezing. It makes them easier to just pop in the pan or whatever dish you’re preparing to cook.

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Tip 4:

Take inventory of what’s in your freezer and fridge before grocery shopping. It won’t do you any good to freeze leftovers for lunch if you just wind up forgetting about them because they ended up in the back of your freezer. Frequently take a mental note of items in your freezer or fridge that need to be used and plan your meals around them.

Tip 5:

You might not need that high speed internet that costs so much money. If you work from home doing video editing or lots of video calls, then you probably do. But if not, chances are you could get away with a hotspot from your cellphone provider. Hotspots cost significantly less than regular internet and may work just fine for your needs.

Tip 6:

Drink more water. The cost of sodas and beverages adds up. If you buy a lot of bottled water because you’re tap water isn’t great, purchasing a water filter might be a better bang for your buck in the long run. Always bring a water bottle with you in the car so you won’t need to purchase water while out.

Tip 7:

Don’t go shopping if you don’t need new clothes or know exactly what you’re looking for. Sales make you feel like you’re getting a bargain, but really just lead to a lot of unworn clothing items that sit in your closet or dresser and take up space. You might feel like you have nothing to wear because you don’t actually love the way that many items you own look on. Put some thought into what pieces and colors you feel most confident and comfortable in, what articles of clothing you actually need, and how much use you’ll get out of it before making purchases.

Tip 8:

Making certain adjustments to your thermostat can really help your electric bill. Try setting your AC up a little higher in the summer and utilizing a fan instead of having the air on full blast. On nice days, turn it off completely and open the windows. During winter, turn the heat down while you’re sleeping and utilize a good comforter to keep you warm. When you leave for work, adjust the thermostat so it’s not kicking on all day to maintain your house at 72 degrees when no-one is even home.

Tip 9:

Use less laundry detergent. Laundry detergent companies want you to think you need to use that whole cup full for your loads of laundry, but unless you have a job where you’re getting super dirty (like a mechanic) a shot glass full is actually plenty. Try it and see. Using too much actually creates a residue that doesn’t fully rinse out, builds up over time and can trap bacteria in your clothes.

Tip 10:

Don’t buy dryer sheets. Do these actually do anything besides add an unnecessary smell to your clothes? Even if you like that “fresh” smell, you likely wear perfume, scented lotion or hair products that cover up the smell anyway.

Tip 11:

Make sure the cell phone plan you use is actually the best for your lifestyle and budget. Some plans charge more money for certain things that you might not even be utilizing.

Tip 12:

Plan your grocery list and meals around what’s on sale at the grocery store.

Tip 13:

Take advantage of apps like Savvy, GetUpside and Ibotta to save money on purchases.

Tip 14:

Use less shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste than you think you need. I’m not saying be smelly, but if you’re mindful about how much shampoo you’re actually using, you might find that you don’t need as much. Same goes for toothpaste.

Tip 15:

Stop buying things you don’t actually need: like another throw blanket or coffee mug. Instead, you could save that money for something you actually need and have been putting off purchasing, or place it in your emergency fund.

Tip 16:

Hang clothes to dry when you can. Depending on where you live, you might be able to easily make a dryer line in your laundry room or outside to utilize for clothing. Not only does it save on electricity, but it also helps to extend the life of your clothes. Clothes get worn out over time not just from use but from the high heat of the dryer.

Tip 17:

Cut back on paper towel usage. Utilize kitchen rags and towels more often as opposed to paper towels. It’s better for your wallet and the environment.

Tip 18:

Save jars to up-cycle into food containers. Leftover jelly, olive, and pickle jars can make great containers for your leftovers, or even home storage for certain items like Q-tips or pens.

Tip 19:

You can save money in the long run by using re-usable things instead of one time use things. Examples of this are: re-usable makeup wipes, re-usable K cup pods, and food storage bags.

There you have it! 19 tips to live more frugally- which helps your wallet and in some cases, the environment too. Give these frugal living tips a try and see how much you save in the long run. If you’re looking for ways to save more money or reduce waste, these frugal living tips are great to try.

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