Sunday, July 31, 2011

Take batteries out

Batteries may corrode if you leave them in an item you will not be using for a long time. Take them out.

Get cheaper shampoo

Shop around for cheaper shampoo. Expensive does not always mean better.

Free catalogs

Do not get free catalogs in the mail so you will not be tempted to buy from them.

Grow your own vegetables

Look into reading up on how to grow your own herbs or vegetables. This can save a lot of money if you normally buy a lot at the supermarket.

Use less detergent

Use less detergent when you wash your clothes. They will still be clean and you will save a lot of money in the long run.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Make your own clothes

If you learn how, you can make your own clothes. At least the simple ones.

Ask for free samples

Ask if you can get some free samples from you doctor for your prescription drugs.

Wash hands often

Wash your hands often to avoid getting sick and catching colds.

Avoid premium gas

Do not use premium gas if your car does not need it.

Drive the shortest distance

Plot the shortest way to get to places so you drive less and save gas. This can be done with online maps.

Avoid overdraft fees

Keep minimum funds in your checking account to avoid overdraft fees from your bank.

Talk to frugal people

Talk to other frugal people and ask for their ways on how they save.

Unplug appliances

Leaving appliances in standby mode can waste a lot of electricity each year. Unplug them if you will not be using them.

Generic name store brands

Store name brand cookies and other items taste just as good as name brands and will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Give only one gift

If everyone agrees to only give out one gift for Christmas and birthdays, it will save money for the entire family.

Use promotion codes

Look for promotion codes in search engines for the online store you are shopping at to save money.

Use a bike to save money

Using a bike instead of a car will save you a lot of money and it uses no gas.

Use a manual transmission car

If you know how to drive one, a manual transmission cars use less gas than automatic transmissions.

Clean dryer filter

Clean the filter in your clothes dryer often to keep it energy efficient.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Turn car lights on

Be sure to turn on your cars lights in bad weather or in the winter months so other cars can see you.

Drive slow in winter

Overpasses and bridges ice first in the winter months, drive slow to prevent costly accidents.

Save on coffee

Bring coffee to work if you can't afford to buy it.

Try food banks

Go to a food bank if you can't afford food.

Gamble less

Gambling is usually a big way to waste money. If you gamble, cut back on how much you spend.

Using outdoor lights

Use outside lights only when needed. Once the Sun is out, be sure they are turned off.

Repair leaky faucets

Repair leaky faucets in the bathroom and kitchen to save on water.

Use warm water

If you wash clothes in hot water rather than warm water you will use more energy.

Too cold freezers

Be sure not to keep your freezer too cold or you will be wasting more energy.

Thaw foods before cooking

If you thaw foods before cooking you will save energy.

Use small appliances

Use a small electric cooking appliances for small meals rather than the oven. You will use less energy

Cover pans to boil

Water will boil faster in a covered pan.

Use storm windows

Use storm windows to replace your old windows.

Use exhaust fans

Use exhaust fans to pull heat out of the attic in the summer.

Plant shade trees

If you plant some shade trees around your home, it will be less hot inside in the summer months.

Clean a/c filters

Be sure to clean or replace your air conditioning filters if they are dirty.

Use ceiling fans

A ceiling fan with your window air conditioner can spread the cooled air to other rooms.

Clean radiators

Be sure to dust or vacuum radiators. Dust and dirt can block the flow of heat in the winter months.

Turn down thermostat

Turn down your thermostat if you are away for more than several hours during the day.

Rent DVDs

See if you can rent DVDs from your local library for free.

Attend college online

See if you can attend college online rather than in person.

Save for emergencies

Save a certain amount of money in your savings account just for emergencies so you don't have to borrow or charge it.

Save money each month

See if you can set up automatic deposits between your checking account and your savings. This way you save a set amount of money each month.

Pay bills online

Check to see if you can pay your bills online from your bank rather than through the mail. This will save you money on checks and mailing postage cost.

Generic drugs

Brand name drugs are usually more expensive than their generic. Ask your physician if a less expensive generic is available.

Shop around airports

The lowest air fares may not be from the airport closest to you. Shop around for airports near you also.

Shop around for low priced auto insurance

Shopping around for the lowest priced auto insurance can save you a lot of money of the life of your car.

Auto insurance

Be sure that your new auto/home insurance policy is in effect before dropping your old one.

Keep car engine in tuned

You can save a lot of money each year on gas by keeping your car engine tuned.