'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
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX. See delay times for other exchanges.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Thomson Reuters (click for restrictions). Real-time quotes provided by BATS Exchange. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Interactive Data Real-Time Services. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by SIX Financial Information.
ABOUT SMART SPENDING
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Yes, sometimes retail therapy has a place. Just try to be aware of shopping to beat the blues, and don't overspend.