'Cheaper than cheap': Tips for ultra-frugal living
Some folks take extreme measures to save some pennies.
Some frugal-living tips -- turning two-ply toilet paper into one-ply
-- seem over the top, but others, like reusing Ziploc bags, are
accepted practice in lots of households. The Happy Rock
provides six "cheaper than cheap" tips "that border on fanatical to the
point of being humorous" and asks readers to vote on their usefulness.
"Rock" provides a thorough explanation of each über-frugal tip as part of an ongoing series of posts, complete with how-to links in case you need some help implementing them.
Treat every squeeze of shampoo and dish detergent as if it were your last. Rock realized that he uses less toothpaste, etc., in each application as the supply in the container gets low. He suggests refilling empty bottles with just enough "to keep the frugal skimping side of you in control." (We think this would be kind of hard to do with toothpaste.)
Use canvas or used plastic bags at the grocery store.
His store gives a 5-cent refund for each personal bag you use. The math
looks good. Rock says, "If you buy five bags for a $5 investment, those
bags are paid off after just 20 trips. If the bags last another five
years, you could earn about $62.50 assuming you go to the store 50
times a year."
Reuse plastic sandwich and other food-storage bags. Our partner blogger Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar has written about the merits of this. Rock says, "Depending on the amount of bags that you use, you can easily save $20 a year."
Use creative ways to save on gas. Check out the photo at this post. Also, Rock tells a funny story. Rather than driving his own car to his wife's surprise birthday party an hour and a half away, he stowed away in the trunk of her car. "Presto -- $20 in gas saved, cramped legs, but, boy, was my wife surprised!" Now, that's creative.
Published June 11, 2008
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