Frugal living is a big thing in this day and age! The idea of living a fuller life that is below your means can be very exciting.
However, not everyone is in love with the idea of living a frugal lifestyle. Some strive to look like they can afford to buy the best of the best… even when they can’t. Others, just want to live below their means and save money for the important things in life or to get out of debt.
Like most, we’ve been on both sides of the spectrum… Trying to impress people we don’t even know with flashy items that we think will make us happy.
It was exhausting!! Not to mention the sabotage it did to our bank account.
It’s safe to say after paying off my bachelor’s degree before I graduated and $30,000 in car loans in 2 years, we’ve gotten pretty good at living frugally. We had to learn to be content with not having the best of the best and we found that it feels pretty good.
On top of that, we managed to save over six figures in five years by just living under our means, on a single mediocre income… all of this was accomplished by being frugal.
Can you guess which lifestyle has been more rewarding?
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The best part about frugal living is anyone can do it! Living frugally is about being smart with your money. However, the definition of frugal living changes from person to person. We look at it as finding creative ways to save money and live below our means.
Here are some of my favorite frugal living tips to live by that will help keep money in your pocket, and a debt-free future on your horizon.
Breakthrough Money Saving Tips To Try Today
1| Do you have a hobby you enjoy? Turn it into a money making side hustle. For example, we love all things DIY so we started refurbishing things! Not only are we good at it but we enjoy it and people are willing to pay us for our work.
Check out our latest project here!
2| Use Amazon Trade-In to trade in your used items such as textbooks, tablets, old phones, video games etc. Head over to Amazon and start making money today! I traded in 12 college textbooks and got $300 back in Amazon gift cards. They even email you a free shipping label so you don’t have to pay for shipping.
3| Do you have an extra space in your house you aren’t using? If so, rent it out through Airbnb! It’s an easy way to make money fast.
We love everything about Airbnb! We just got back from vacation where we used Airbnb to find a place to stay. We loved our villa and the owners where amazing. Here is a $40 coupon code for your next stay with Airbnb.
4| Get cash back on your purchases when shopping at your favorite stores with Ibotta. This is my favorite App right now! I use it to save money at all my favorite stores such as Target, Walmart, Cub Foods, and Amazon.
They give you $0.25 everytime you shop at Target, even if you don’t get anything on their app! How awesome is that!
5| Sign up for Amazon Subscribe and Save! If you haven’t tried this, you must. When I head to the store to shop for everyday essentials I always end up with more junk in my cart than I need. With Amazon Subscribe and Save everything gets delivered to your door and you get %15 off essentials such as toilet paper and diapers.
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6| Only shop at thrift stores, especially if you have young, growing kids. Here are a couple of my favorite thrift stores that have saved me money:
- Once Upon A Child
7| Unsubscribe to your favorite store’s email list so you don’t eventually give in to their never-ending sales.
8| Use survey sites such as Swagbucks to earn extra cash in your free time. If you have a free hour while watching TV open your computer and earn some free money while filling out surveys. I got a free $10 Amazon gift card last night for completing a few surveys.
9| If you eat out, go during Happy Hour or share a meal. This will literally save you at least $20. If you eat out a lot, this adds up. If you have kids dine at restaurants where your kids eat free.
10| Find free activities around town to do with the family, such as festivals, parades, and other fun FREE activities.
11| Head to the Dollar Tree for holiday decor, gifts, cards and other everyday essentials! These items can be expensive but not when you shop at the Dollar Tree. Would you rather buy a Birthday Card for $5 at target or 2 for $1 at the Dollar Tree?
Check out our latest post to see how we save hundreds shopping at the Dollar Tree.
12| Buy generic brand EVERYTHING. Have you noticed how most stores carry their own “brand” of merchandise? SAVE MONEY AND BUY GENERIC INSTEAD!
13| Take advantage of your local library. The offer so many great resources for adults and children alike. Of course, take advantage of the free books you can check out too!
Manage Your Finances
14| If you don’t already, start budgeting today. Your bank account will thank you. We’ve had so much SUCCESS with budgeting, over the last 6 years that we’ve been able to pay off all of our debt -except our mortgage- and save over $120,000. Want to learn how we did it?
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15| Get free budgeting printables online to keep track of your finances. Pinterest has an array of printables you just have to search for them.
16| Only use cash and always keep track of where you’re spending your money. Check out the Cash Budget System for the down low on how to spend your cash and still save big!
17| Only spend money you already have on hand… Common sense I know but so many people don’t live by this rule!!
18| Always save for a rainy day. Have some sort of emergency plan in place. Our emergency plan consists of having enough money for our family of 4 to live off of for 5 months if my husband was to lose his job. Start saving now, even if you are only able to save $2 a week. At some point in your life, you will NEED it.
19| Stop using your credit cards! I’m not saying you have to cancel them all, just take them out of your wallet. Hide them from yourself! If you don’t have the cash to pay for something then you probably shouldn’t be buying it.
20| Save and invest when you can! Investing your money could be a huge game changer for you, it was for us.
21| Budget and then budget some more. Do you guys see the recurring theme I have going on here! Budgets work, they are the #1 way to save money you already have.
23| Always keep your eye out for coupons and discounts. I look through my Ibotta app before and after every purchase so I can get the most bang for my buck!
24| Use Ebates when you’re shopping online at your favorite stores. They give you cash back on all of your purchase. We use Ebates to get cash back anytime we have to do shopping online. When you sign up using our link you’ll receive a $10 welcome bonus!!
25| Stick to your list at the store.. We all know what happens when you go to a store unprepared. You end up buying more than you need so create a shopping list and stick to it.
26| Cancel your cell phone provider and go with Republic Wireless. They offer 4G service and unlimited talk and text for as low as $15 a month. Yes, you read that right!! Best part yet, they have no contracts or hidden fees.
Genius Frugal Living Tips For Around The House
27| Cut out pop and other unnecessary beverages from your diet and start drinking water. We have some Hydro Flasks that we use to keep our water cold and we love them. We have had them for several years and they definitely were worth the money.
28| Dry your clothes on a drying rack. Did you know that dryers use up more electricity than any other appliance in your home? I love my stainless steel drying rack. I’m able to dry my clothes on it year around. I just pop it up next to my washer and I’m good to go.
29| Try to have a few meatless meals every week. Eating meat at every meal gets expensive, try making a meal without it.
30| If you haven’t already canceled cable you need to. We use Hulu and its great! You are able to stream the most popular TV shows the day after they air for only $7.99! You can’t beat that!
31| Have a no-spend weekend where you don’t spend any money. Have you tried this? If not you should. We try and do a no-spend weekend once a month. This literally saves us $200 a month!
32| Only drive used vehicles! Never buy brand new, unless you can pay in cash. If you can pay in cash, you’re my hero!
33| Always search for ways to lower your monthly bills. Starting with your cell phone and utility bills.
34| Do your own repairs. With the help of Youtube, you can learn to do anything and everything yourself.
35| Don’t buy in bulk! I know everyone raves about buying in bulk to save money.. but really, you should check the price per unit. When you do that you can easily compare prices. Plus, when was the last time you went to Costco or Sams Club and left with only the items you went there for?
36| Eat cheap meals that feed the family and leaves leftovers for the next day.
37| Grow your own vegetables in the summer. It’s a lot of work but totally worth it. You can’t get any better than free fresh veggies!
38| Use every ounce of your toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner. When its empty cut it open to get to the bottom.
39| Wear your jeans and sweatshirts a few times before you wash them. They’ll last longer this way. This is always so hard for me but it really preserves the life of your clothes.
40| Always make your own coffee before heading out the door. Don’t let fancy coffee shops suck you in. Those $5 lattes add up over the year.
41| Don’t use paper plates, plastic cups, napkins or paper towels. It will become an expensive habit.
42| Make your own cloth napkins. Paper products are expensive. Instead of going through roles of paper towels and such, switch to cloth.
43| Get rid of clutter in your house. Sell it on a local online garage sale group.
44| Stay home when you can. You spend your life paying for your house, it won’t hurt you to spend some time there. You can always have a romantic date night at home to save some money.
45| Cut your child’s hair yourself, practice makes perfect! Let your kids be the test dummies while they are young and are just thrilled that “mommy” is cutting their hair.
46| Learn to be happy living with less. We live in a small cottage style house from the 1940’s. I love it.. and it only takes me fifteen minutes to clean. With kids, I couldn’t be happier about this.
47| Don’t buy stuff just to impress others. It’s just not worth it. Keeping up with the Joneses is overrated.
48| Always live under your means!
49| Have movie nights at home! It can cost a family of four $40+ dollars to go to one movie. Those prices are ridiculous.
50| Pack your lunch for work. This won’t only save you money but its also a healthier option.
What are your favorite frugal living tips that help save you money?
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