We are creatures of habit. Week after week…we eat the same food, shop the same stores and follow the same routine.
If your routine is a frugal one…good job. If not, it might be time to get out of your comfort zone and try new ways of doing things. Get in the habit of asking yourself if there’s a cheaper way.
10 Habits of Frugal Folks
- Live This Mantra – Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. How’s that for frugal wisdom?
- Eat In, Not Out – It’s a straightforward, simple way to save money. If your cooking skills are challenged, at least opt for packaged prepared foods from Costco or your grocer’s deli. It’s more expensive than cooking from scratch but cheaper than eating out.
- Buy Store Brands – Follow this one simple rule and you’ll cut your grocery bill by 25%…no coupons required.
- Avoid the Mall – If you’re a shopaholic, it’s time to introduce your shopping habit to some new territory. It’s time to give garage sales and thrift stores a chance. You’ll get more for your money, and you’ll learn the art of bargain shopping. Once you score that first amazing deal, you’ll be hooked. For me, it was a $40 Coach purse at Goodwill that I’m still bragging about.
- Comparison Shop – Thanks to the internet, you don’t have to drive all over town to compare prices. You’ll be surprised how much prices can vary even within your town. Comparing prices applies to everything…groceries, clothing, household items and even your insurance.
- Use Discounted Gift Cards – Why would you pay full price at Marshall’s when you could buy a discounted gift card for 14% off? Buy Discounted Gift Cards For Up To 30% Off at Cardpool.com!
- Combine Discounts – Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you to buy discounted gift cards, don’t use them…yet! Save those discounted gift cards to use during a sale, and if you’re lucky you might find a coupon too! Imagine buying a Children’s Place gift card for 15% off and using it with a $5 off coupon during their 50% off sale…see how the savings add up!
- Avoid Impulse Purchases – A frugal gal always asks herself if it’s a need or a want. If it’s a “want”…wait at least 3 days before buying it, and the frugal voice inside your head will likely win.
- Find Free Fun – Family night and date night don’t have to equal big bucks. Every town is loaded with free fun if you know where to find it. Start with an internet search for “free events in (your town),” and you’ll be surprised at the results. In West Palm Beach this weekend, I could go to a free yoga class, free concert, free outdoor movie or even take free Tango lessons. Seek and ye shall find free fun.
- Do It Yourself – Could you make it yourself or fix it yourself? Thanks to You Tube, there’s a video tutorial for just about everything! Yes, you can even learn to fix a running toilet.
Want more? Here’s a list of nearly 100 ways to cut your spending…consider it your frugal living menu – choose money saving habits that will work with your lifestyle.
Please leave a comment to share your favorite frugal habits.
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