We have all seen the television shows, or the tips in magazines, on how to “live frugal.” In this economy living frugal is a very appealing notion. But, where do we draw the line? How much are you willing to sacrifice to save a couple dollars? Your dignity? Your hygiene? Your health? Let’s take a look at some of the over-the-top tips out there that are guaranteed to save you a few dollars. You can decide whether it’s worth the savings.
Never Pay for a Hotel Again
Will you be going out of town this year? Don’t want to drop a couple hundred dollars on a hotel? Duh, just sleep in the airport. This is apparently very popular among travelers, there’s even a site dedicated to letting you know which airports are the best to sleep in. You will definitely save on hotel fare, but is it really worth getting stepped on, stared at, possibly robbed, and not being able to walk the next day (those floors are NOT comfortable)?
Make Your Own Feminine Products
Obviously the women throughout history were not always blessed with Tampax, and had to make a few sacrifices. But, you have to be built a certain type of way to be able to stomach reusable pads and tampons. Not to mention the health risks, any woman knows that “down there” is a delicate thing to manage and any tiny thing can set off the whole homeostasis. There really are women out there that make their own feminine products, if you’re feeling brave give it a shot.
Join The Freegans
No, it’s not a cult. It’s a group of individuals who never pays for food. No more grocery bills sounds appealing right? Well, you may want to think again before you sign up. Freegans get their food supply from dumpster diving, going through their neighbor’s trash bags on the curb, and harvesting twigs and berries from the wilderness.
Make Your Own Shoes
One of the most popular frugal living techniques is to sew your own clothes. This idea never made sense to me because if you’re really strapped for cash, you could go to any church or shelter and they’ll give you used clothes for free that others have donated just for that purpose. Also, the amount of money you spend on supplies (fabric, patterns, a sewing machine) is far more than a $3.00 shirt you could pick up off the clearance rack at your local Kmart. Some frugal individuals take it to the next level though, not only do they sew their own clothes, they make their own shoes!
Anyone with an infant knows how ridiculously expensive a can of baby formula is, for those without children, a week’s supply (depending on how much your baby eats) can range anywhere from $30.00 – $50.00. That’s approximately $200.00 a month! There are a few brave parents out there who have taken matters into their own hands and began making their own baby formula at home. Yes, they are saving a huge amount of money, but I strongly advise discussing this with you pediatrician before you make any drastic decisions on your baby’s diet.