This is a guest post…
The frugal lifestyle is about saving money and living on less. Some do it because they have to and others do it by choice. No matter what group you fall into, we’re all in the same boat. We all have the same goals.
The best way to promote frugal living is through the sharing of ideas. And that’s what we’re going to do here. We’re going to help you find out more about how to live a frugal lifestyle.
1. We Enjoy It…No Really
Most people who live a truly frugal lifestyle do it because they want to. It isn’t influenced by how much money you have in the bank.
The truth is a lot of frugal people live on less than someone who’s truly destitute. There are a lot of ways you can live on just a few dollars a day quite comfortably. All it takes is work.
2. Drying Your Clothes
You don’t need a dryer.
It’s hard to believe, but you can quite easily go back to drying clothes on a line. In the U.S., this is no longer the done thing. In many countries, such as the UK, it’s what practically everyone does.
You can easily save $100 annually on energy costs by letting your clothes air dry.
For some extreme penny pinching, try making your own detergent. It’s easier than you think. All it takes is soap, washing soda, and borax. You can save hundreds of dollars over the course of a few years like this.
It also saves on all that running down to the store whenever you run out!
4. Public Transport
Public transport is so cheap it’s shocking why people don’t use it. Not every city has dirty buses with lots of weird people onboard. Leave the car at home and consider taking the bus.
Gas is expensive these days. You’ll be surprised at how much you save.
And if you really want to save money try walking or jogging to work. You’ll save on all travel costs and get in shape at the same time.
5. Make Gifts
Do you remember all those fake holidays dreamed up by retailers?
Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Mother’s Day are just three of them. Instead of becoming a social outcast by not buying anything, make your own gifts.
Use your imagination and materials you find around the house. Gifts that were made by hand mean so much more than something you picked up for $20. It demonstrates you put some real thought into your gift.
6. Vacationing Closer to Home
For a vacation we always think of exotic countries and the wonders of other states. It’s amazing how little we know of the regions closest to us.
Instead of spending so much on travel and hotels, try taking the odd vacation closer to home. Within a few hundred miles of home you’ll find so much to do. It can just be as fun as flying to Europe or the other end of the country.
7. Coupon Masters
We’ve all seen news articles and TV shows about coupon nuts. These strange beasts collect coupons and save thousands of dollars every year by using their discount finding skills. You can do the same thing!
It doesn’t take any specialist knowledge. All you have to do is practice. Know where to find the best deals and how to maximize the power of every coupon.
Start by using a few coupons, and then try to transition as many of your purchases as possible over to coupons.
8. Repair Your Clothes
It’s disgusting just how many perfectly good garments we throw out every year. If a shirt has a small hole in it, don’t throw it out. Repair it instead.
You don’t need a sewing machine to do it. A good old-fashioned needle and thread is all you need. If you do want to perform complete rejuvenations, take a sewing class and invest in a machine.
Not only will you save money by doing all this, you’ll also help the environment. We as a nation need to use less and make do with what we have.
And here’s the true secret to frugal living: It’s laziness that holds us back. Anyone can do it if they really want to.
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