Grocery prices are up. Gas prices are up. Many Americans are jobless. What are you to do when things get tight? You learn to become more frugal, save money. You learn to do things for yourself. There are many ways to be frugal. People clip coupons, start gardens, shop at farmer’s markets, make their own clothing, and more. Some frugal concepts or more difficult than others. Some have a start-up cost, like buying seeds or starter plants for your garden. Just make sure you bargain hunt and you’ll save money from the beginning!
Whether you are a coupon fanatic, or just someone who likes to save a little bit here and there, clipping coupons is always a good idea. Instead of spending money on the Sunday paper(s) every week, I print coupons online, or add them to my grocery store card, for free (except the cost of ink and paper, of course). Websites like coupons.com are great for finding the newest available coupons. We generally save about $35 on every $100 we spent, between our coupons and store discount card. If you preferred stores have membership cards it always pays to sign up. especially when it’s free!
My husband and I love to garden. Unfortunately, the last few places we’ve lived have not been garden friendly. We decided to start a garden indoors, with container gardening. A cheap way to get containers is to save your old milk or water jugs. Just cut off the tops, add dirt and seeds. You can purchase pots too, and potting dirt, for a good price at dollar stores and discount stores. Watch clearance sales at the end of the season and stock up for next year.
One of the great benefits of gardening indoors is that you can grow things all year round. As long as you regulate the temperature in your home there’s no end to the available fruits and vegetables you can grow.
My husband and I both like wine. But drinking wine, or any other beer or spirit, can become expensive after a while. You can get beer and wine starter kits for $35 to $50 online and in stores and start making your own. The average in our household so far has equaled out to about $12 for 3 bottles. Even cheap wine at the store costs around $12 a bottle! The cost really depends on what you are using. We save fresh fruit wines for special occasions and use frozen 100% fruit juice from concentrate for our everyday wine.
There are a ton of places online where you can trade in your old stuff and get new stuff. Books, dvds, and even electronics can be traded in for Amazon gift card money with the Trade-In program at Amazon.com. We traded in my old college books and got enough to get a free Kindle!
A great place to trade in clothing, book and all other household items is Listia. On this wonderful site people bid with points to win your unwanted stuff. Then you use the points you earn from getting rid of your “junk” to get new (to you) stuff that other people have no use for anymore. It’s like Ebay without the money!
if you like to craft, like me, you can use your old papers, books with pages falling out and old clothes that aren’t worth anything to anyone else to make crafts. Your favorite t-shirt is no longer wearable? Turn it into a pillow, or a shopping back. Book binding came out? Use the pages for art and crafts. You can make great beads with old paper and some crafting glue. Just cut angled strips and wrap them around a pen, glue the end and let dry. Then slip it off the pen and turn it into a unique piece of jewelry with some string! I like to draw and color on my old book pages, making fun and clever art!