400 Best Frugal Ways – Save Thousands in 2020

By | December 24, 2019

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Financial freedom is the ability to meet all your living expenses:

A. with your passive income e.g. from interest, dividends, or rental income.

B. without you needing to work actively for an income.

Want to reach financial freedom as soon as possible? Saving and investing your money is the easiest way do it.

I’ve spent much time and effort to create this monster list of 400 Frugal living tips for you to save money every day in 2020, even if your income is relatively modest.

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These 400 frugal living tips will definitely help you to reach the financial freedom you’ve always dreamed about.

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Are you ready for the perfect balance between saving well on a daily basis and living a comfortable life?

Let’s start now.

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SAVE MONEY ON FOOD AND GROCERIES

1. Always compare prices online first. Use grocery store price comparison apps like Instacart, Basket Savings, SoftShopper and Price Cruncher.

2. If you find it hard to resist deals in supermarkets, shop for your groceries online. Why not give Amazon Fresh a go? Try it out for FREE. Learn more about Amazon Fresh here.

3. Always use up your leftover food in your fridge. Stick a prominent note on your fridge door as a reminder. It’s all too easy to forget what’s in our fridge, and as a result, waste money when food turns bad and need to be thrown out 🙁

4. Avoid buying ready-made sauces and seasonings. Make them from scratch, especially if they’re easy.

5. Avoid buying soft drinks. They are unhealthy and you’re paying money to harm yourself!

6. Buy generic brands as they’re almost always cheaper.

7. Compare prices using unit prices. Use your calculator on your phone to work out which packet size gives you the best value.

8. Buy only produce which are in season, as they’re plentiful and therefore cheaper.

9. Use discount coupons to buy the things you need. Visit the websites of Hip2Save, and RetailMeNot to grab discount coupons to slash your shopping bill.

10. Buy organic produce when they’re in season, especially spinach, carrots and apples.

11. Save money. Don’t buy organic produce when fruits have thick skins. For example oranges, melons and pumpkins.

12. Cook in bulk over the weekend. You’ll save time and effort. Extra cooked food can be frozen and quickly reheated and enjoyed on weeknights.

13. Freeze portions of bulk cooked food – they can be used during weekdays.

14. Cut down on eating out whenever possible. Outside food costs about three times more than home cooked food. My family eats out only about once a month, saving thousands of dollars a year.

15. Do your own baking as much as possible, especially cookies and cakes. You’ll save money and you can use healthy ingredients too.

16. During fall, check out places where you can harvest fruits like apples, pears and other produce. Check that it’s permitted. We harvest free apples every fall – they last us about a month 🙂

17. Exchange your garden’s produce with neighbors instead of buying them from stores.

18. Follow menu plans that are simple, fast and easy. Use the $5 Meal Plan. It costs just $5 a month. Try it FREE for 14 days. You can cancel it at any time with no questions asked.

19. Be frugal – buy one less meal than what you usually budget for. This trains you to work with what you have left in the kitchen.

20. Have a second pantry or free up pantry space to stock up canned food on specials. Run to your own private pantry instead of the supermarket.

21. Save yourself a trip to the grocery store. You don’t have to step outside to do your grocery shopping if you prefer. Save travelling time, avoid the temptation to buy non-essentials, and save gas. With Amazon’s Prime Pantry 30-day free trial, you can choose everyday low-priced items in everyday sizes. Learn more about it here.

22. Have meatless meals certain days of the week. Meat is costly. Replace it with a cheaper alternative like vegetables and beans. You’ll save lots of money and become healthier as well.

23. Vegetables are often limited and pricey during winter. So buy frozen vegetables instead. They are still full of nutrients.

24. Never buy bottled water. Use reusable water bottles and feel them with tap water from home (make sure your tap water is potable and safe to drink).

25. Never waste any food. Save leftovers and freeze them for lunch.

26. Pack your snacks for your family during outings. You’ll eat healthier and save lots.

27. Reduce the number of times you eat out. You’ll easily save hundreds of dollars a year this way.

28. Stop eating out completely. You’ll save even more money!

29. If you must eat out, go for the mains on offer e.g. lunch specials. Skip the entrees and desserts. Don’t feel self-conscious about ordering less food – your financial health is more important!

30. Remember to read the instructions on packaged foods like yogurt. For example, once opened, use within 3 days. Stick a note on your fridge door. Avoid food spoilage and save $.

31. Stretch ground beef with beans to make chili beans.

32. Train your children not to waste food. Make it a habit for them to finish all the food on their plates.

33. Use supermarket loyalty cards to get discounts for the things you need to buy.

34. Visit farmers markets near closing time to get great discounted deals for fresh produce. This is a favorite habit of mine 🙂

35. When eating out, avoid ordering drinks. Ask for water instead.

36. When having meals out, time your meals. For example, take advantage of lunch time specials.

37. Pack drinks for outings.

38. Find multiple uses for the same item or try to use up all parts of an item. For example, after extracting lemon juice, you can shave the lemon peel and use it for baking. They taste great!

39. Lemon halves can also be used to remove finger stains if you’ve handled beetroot or turmeric. Save the lemon halves to clean your glass shower doors. Squeezed lemon halves can be placed in fridges to absorb odors.

40. Use vegetable “scraps” to make stock.

41. Buy more non-perishables when they are on specials, to save more money. My family stocks up on soy drinks, canned tuna and canned chicken whenever they’re discounted.

42. Have a frugal shopping list and stick to it. Learn how to avoid supermarket spending traps

43. Buy smaller amounts if you don’t need too much of it. This avoids food spoilage from keeping too long.

44. Never shop on an empty stomach. You’ll tend to buy more when feeling hungry.

45. Buy produce that will last much longer than others. E.g. pumpkins, squash, carrots, cabbage, potatoes and onions keep well.

46. Check produce such as sweet potatoes, apples, and oranges to make sure that they are fresh and firm when you buy. Watch out for bruises, especially on bananas.

47. Store perishable produce correctly to reduce spoilage. For example, avoid storing potatoes and onions together, or they’ll sprout much sooner.

48. Limit portion sizes to save money on groceries. You’ll become healthier and avoid putting on weight too.

49. Grow your own herbs. It’s fun too 🙂

50. Keep regrowing your vegetables e.g. green onions by sniping off what you need and not harvesting the whole plant.

51. Enjoy your free hot chocolate or cappuccino from your workplace hot drinks machine.

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53. Keep track of food expiry and use by dates. Once a month, do an inventory check and look for food that’s closer to their use by dates. This way you don’t have to throw out expired food and waste money.

54. Similarly, check the food in your fridge or freezer regularly. There may be some leftovers hiding at the deeper end of your fridge or freezer. Use them before they lose flavor or spoil.

55. Store your dry foods properly. Keep grains and biscuits in airtight jars to keep them fresher and to secure them from pests like ants.

56. Organize the food in your pantry. Put the new items in the back of the pantry and move the older items to the front.

57. Avoid storing raw or cooked foods in the freezer for too long.

58. Remember to use leftovers soon.

59. Grow food from kitchen scraps. Find out how you can regrow 19 foods from scraps.

60. Join a community garden. Depending on their rules, you can put in a couple of hours of work a week and get to bring home harvests from the garden.

61. Invest in a crock pot and cook delicious food in bulk.

62. Invest in a freezer to stock up on bargains.

63. Make your own bread. You’ll get to decide on the ingredients, and enjoy freshly baked bread whenever you like!

64. If you have bountiful harvests from your garden, freeze, bottle, pickle, make preserves out of them.

65. Have extra produce from your garden? Exchange or ask from your neighbors, co-workers and friends.

66. Be on the lookout for free food. It’s possible to harvest free peaches and apples from fruit trees even right in town. Just ask.

67. Buy the whole chicken. It’s much cheaper. With cheaper pricing, you get to buy better quality meats like organic and/or free range. Buying all the thighs or tenderloins cost more.

68. Make multiple uses of the same food. If it’s the whole chicken, save the frames and bones to boil into tasty soups.

69. Buy smaller quantities of fruits that ripen faster e.g. bananas, as they can over ripen spoil.

70. Buy smaller quantities of leafy vegetables that don’t last e.g. lettuce, spinach, and watercress.

71. Buy longer lasting produce when they’re on sale e.g. squash, pumpkins.

72. Get cheaper cuts of meats. Use a pressure cooker or crock pot to cook and soften them.

73. Marinate your meats overnight with ginger, either minced or with ginger juice, to tenderize the meats.

74. Buy staples like noodles, vegetables and nuts from Asian or Indian marts. They’re often much cheaper than supermarkets

75. Visit food courts in malls near closing time. You can get sushi, muffins and other types of food at half price 🙂

76. Reuse tea bags. Keep them overnight in your fridge.


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SAVE MONEY ON EATING OUT

77. Pre decide your order. Know the best value dishes first.

78. When dining out, order the mains only.

79. Ask for plain water. It’s healthy for you too.

80. Avoid desserts.

81. Bring your own bottle of wine.

82. Order takeaways instead.

83. Order a larger portion to share with another person. For example, order the longest Subway sandwich and ask to have it cut into more portions to share with someone.

84. Visit eateries that let you dine free on your birthday.

85. Go to restaurants that allow kids to eat free.

86. Lunch out is cheaper than dinner out.

87. Eat out at restaurants that accept student or senior discount cards, obviously if you’re a student or senior.

88. Get discount food vouchers from restaurants featured in online sites.

89. Order lunch specials.

SAVE MONEY ON FINANCES

90. Monitor your free credit report every year. Check for any mistakes.

91. Negotiate with credit companies to lower their interest rate.

92. Pay off your debts as much as you can. You’ll pay less compound interest.

93. Pay yourself first. Arrange to have an amount placed into a savings account, before you get to spend it.

94. Reduce your deductible for insurance, to save on premiums

95. Set up a budget and stick to it. Click our Subscribe button get a free Budget Success Planner and more.

96. Shop for the best banks with low fees or high interest on saving accounts.

97. Sign up with Paribus here. Should there be a price drop after you’ve bought an item, it’ll get the refund on your behalf.

98. Switch to the insurance company that gives the best deals and service.

99. Trim bank accounts you don’t need. It’s harder to keep track of them and their fees. Keep to the essentials.

100. Use only one credit card. Cut up the rest you don’t need.

101. Pay your credit card bill in full always.

102. Never treat your credit card as if it’s an unlimited source of money. You need to pay the money back with compound interest!

103. Use the cash envelope system if it suits you.

104. Rent out a spare room to reduce housing costs.

105. Take up some side hustles, for example the period before Christmas when stores are busy. They can even lead to permanent positions when you prove to be capable and reliable.

106. Look around your home regularly for money that’s lying around – in drawers, pockets, bags, handbags or the couch.

107. Use ONLY cash to pay. This tends to curb spending as it drives home the point that you’re saying goodbye to your hard-earned money.

108. Review the cost of all types on insurances every year including health, life, car, and house. Shop around for the best deals. Visit the CoverHound website to compare insurance premiums.

109. If health insurance has increased, ask if they’ll reduce the premium if you increase your excess and go for a health check.

110. If you’ve still got a landline, it’s time to cancel it.

111. Always try to repair items instead of throwing them away. YouTube is a great place to check out videos on how to fix almost anything!

112. Avoid buying fabric softener – it’s not needed.

113. Avoid buying magazines or books. Borrow from the library instead. But make sure you take note of the due dates to avoid fines. Put your library items together in a box. Doing this prevents you from mixing them up with your own books.

114. Buy clothes that you need out of season, because they tend to be cheap. For example, buy winter woollies when spring is approaching.

115. Buy second hand furniture and other household items whenever possible from yard sales and thrift shops.

116. Buy in bulk, especially items you need, during sales e.g. toilet paper.

117. Buy quality products that last longer. My family wasted money on multiple hair-cutting sets, but we’ve found a high quality one that works great and lasts 🙂

118. Cancel your cable – watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu or Roku instead.

119. Cancel your gym membership – buy used equipment or join free fitness classes. We have a cross trainer that we use nearly daily. It’s great value 🙂

120. Switch to mobile phone service.

121. Set up an automatic deduction of your monthly payments to avoid late payment penalties.

122. If you prefer not to do this, set up reminders on your phone and pencil in your diary.

123. Set up a high interest savings account.

124. Use phone apps like What’s App to make free international and local calls.

125. Pay insurance premiums on an annual basis to get discounts.

126. Avoid ATMs that charge fees.

127. Don’t spend the money you’ve saved. Put it into a savings account or invest it.

SAVE MONEY ON LIFESTYLE

128. Consider a capsule wardrobe. They reduce the need to buy new clothes and save you time thinking of what to wear.

129. Remove all clutter at home and sell them online or at yard sales.

130. Cut family members’ hair at home. That’s when having a quality hair-cutting set matters.

131. Delay opening a new bottle of shampoo or tube of toothpaste when the old one is almost finished. Cut open the toothpaste tube and you’ll be surprised at how much is still in there.

132. Do not drink alcohol. It’s not good for your wallet or brain. Alcohol kills brain cells.

133. Do not smoke, for the sake of your health and wallet/purse.

134. Don’t buy unneeded things even if the sales are super good. Spending on discounted stuff that’s not needed is false economy.

135. Don’t buy clothes that need costly dry cleaning. The chemicals used isn’t good for your health too.

136. Don’t buy video games. Consider playing games at the library. Our local library offers X box games for the public.

137. Have No Spend weekends. After a while, you’ll develop the habit of spending less.

138. If you want to style your hair, call up a local training college. They may be able to offer steep discounts or even free cuts, as part of their training for their students.

139. If you’re buying things online, use Ebates. You will get a percentage of your money back. Caution: Only buy items you need.

Sign up here with Ebates to get your $10 bonus .

140. Look after your things so that they last and last.

141. Look for free entertainment in your town like concerts and yoga classes.

142. Maintain your house and vehicle properly to avoid costly repairs down the road.

143. Make your own greeting cards. It’s easy to design and print them off.

144. Never use paper towels. Use hand cloth towels instead. You’ll save paper and money.

145. No spend on new clothes for a year. Get creative. Mix and match the clothes you have.

146. Grow your own plants from seeds instead of buying seedlings.

147. Reduce the amount of dish-washing powder by a third. Experiment till you get the best balance. We’ve found that using just some powder gets our dishes clean as well.

148. Save used wrapping paper and reuse them.

149. Save your plastic shopping bags to reuse. Don’t buy trash bags.

150. Set aside time to exercise 5 times a week. Good health is wealth and money in your pocket from seeing the doctor less.

151. Stop buying new or even used books. Borrow books from colleagues and friends. You can also exchange books and magazines with them.

152. Stop buying new clothes, especially when yours still look good.

153. Take up free or cheap hobbies. For example, golf is more expensive than reading. You can borrow books from your local library for free. Walking is a free activity that’s healthy 🙂

154. Think carefully about the cost of owning pets. They don’t just need time and attention, but food, accessories, insurance and related items like toys and equipment.

155. Try as far as possible to find ways to reuse your used items.

156. Use only a general-purpose cleaner for household cleaning. Avoid spending on an array of cleaning products that are designed to make you buy more.

157. Visit thrift stores – they offer huge savings and it’s environmentally responsible to reuse stuff.

158. Watch movies at home. So what if they’re not the latest? You save on movie tickets!

159. Use less than the manufacturer’s recommended amount of laundry powder. It works just as well. Try it.

160. Try to upcycle your things to minimize waste and save money.

161. Mend frayed edges or loose stitches as soon as possible. Mr MMT is a master mender and his clothes last really looong. One of his woolen jerseys has lasted more than a decade, as he has mended and reinforced it when needed. It still looks good!

162. Use until the very last drop. For example, add a bit of water to coax out sauces that sit at the bottom of jars and bottles.

163. Reuse glass containers.

164. Make your skincare products last longer. Find out how here.

165. Use a smaller amount of skincare products.

166. Stretch your tube of toothpaste.

167. Make your shampoo or sauces last longer by diluting them.

168. Get more for the same price. New bottles of shampoo may state the same amount, but often the amounts are actually different.

169. Exchange ideas with friends and colleagues on where to get the best deals.

170. Wait for a good sale, if what you need is not too urgent.

171. If you notice a small defect in an item you are buying, it pays to ask for a discount.

172. Search competitive deals online.

173. Find out about your rights and what you can do if your purchase is faulty. You might be entitled to a replacement or have it repaired for free.

174. Make full use of your student ID or senior citizen discount card.

175. Use Mobile Services if they’re cheaper.

176. Always check your receipts. Make sure you’re paying the right price.

177. Use coupons regularly.

178. Use online retailers like Amazon.com and Aliexpress.com

179. Small shops in out of town locations may be able to offer better deals.

180. Spend less than you earn.

181. Don’t produce new bottles of shampoo or toothpaste before the old ones have been used up.

182. Minimize throwing things away. Try to have another use for them.

183. Check your bank accounts at least once a month.

SAVE MONEY ON HEALTH COSTS

184. Go for yearly health and dental checks.

185. Brush your teeth properly.

186. Exercise regularly. Schedule in daily routines.

187. Meditate.

188. Have quiet time for yourself.

189. Eat healthy foods. Include fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.

190. Look away from your screen periodically to avoid eye strain.

191. Do stretching exercises.

192. Put aside 3 minutes a day to breathe deeply and slowly.

193. Minimize hunching when you’re at your computer.

194. Take nature walks.

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SAVE MONEY ON POWER

195. Check with different power companies whether they have programs to reduce your monthly bills.

196. OhmConnect pays their users to save energy once a week.

197. Line dry your clothes during the warmer seasons like summer. You can do this on warmer days during other seasons too.

198. Make sure you seal up the cracks in your house. You don’t want heated warm air escaping in winter time.

199. Change your lights to energy savers like LED or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) lights.

200. Unplug appliances that are seldom used. They still suck up electric power.

201. Use the dishwasher only once a day to save power and money.

202. Insulate your roof.

203. Draught proof the gaps by sticking insulation strips around the door frames.

204. Limit heating to only certain areas of the house during winter.

205. If buying a house, have most of your house facing the winter sun.

206. Wear several layers of warm clothing with internal thermals so that our aircon is set to a lower temperature in winter.

207. Use multiple layers of blankets in bed for winter.

208. Limit the heating time during colder seasons.

209. Shut the doors leading to other parts of the house to trap the warmth in our heated rooms.

210. Cut down on using your electric dryer. Use this neat trick #12 to reduce drying time.

211. Use the shortest cycle on your washing machine.

212. Wash only with full loads with your washing machine.

213. Never leave unneeded lights on.

214. Never leave appliances on standby. Switch off TVs, computers, phone chargers and other appliances.

215. Don’t leave your devices charging all the time.

216. Check for forgotten appliances in garages. Are they still running?

217. Choose energy efficient appliances.

218. Adjust your thermostat and save on your heating or cooling bill.

219. Use free or cheap off peak power.

220. Reduce your shower time.

221. Shower less often.

222. Run your washing machine and dishwasher during off peak hours.

223. After you’ve finished using the oven, you can warm up your food using its residual heat.

224. Do cold laundry washes.

225. Get all your ingredients ready before heating up your stove.

226. If you need hot water for cooking, boil the water in a kettle, instead of boiling water on your stove.

227. Use cooking lids to cover your food. This helps conserve heat, and speed up your cooking.

228. Cook multiple dishes in the oven if possible.

229. Build a solar oven to cook your food during summer to save power.

230. Use the remaining heat in the oven to heat up leftovers like vegetables or canned sardines.

231. Reheat small amounts of food ready, use a toaster oven instead of the oven.

232. Use the shortest cycle on the dishwasher.

233. Don’t use the heat dry mode.

234. Don’t leave the fridge door open for long periods. It needs to work harder to maintain its set temperature.

235. In Summer, draw your drapes to keep out the sun and to keep your rooms cool.

236. Open the windows on opposite sides of your house or apartment to allow cooler air from the outside to flow through. This helps cool your rooms during the hotter months.

237. Wear thin comfortable clothes and use the fan whenever possible during warmer days.

SAVE MONEY ON TRANSPORT

238. Avoid unnecessary car trips. Consolidate your errands to minimize driving around and wasting gas. Double check your list of errands so that you won’ miss out anything that’ll cause you to take another trip.

239. Plan your shopping trips to save time and gas. Instead of shopping twice a week, shop once a week.

240. Make it a habit to drive less.

241. Use the lowest specified octane fuel to save.

242. Don’t waste $$$ on fuel-saving devices for your car.

243. Practice economy driving habits, such as NOT starting off like a jackrabbit and then braking furiously when the lights turn red.

244. Maintain your tires well for safety and savings.

245. On the motorway close all your windows to reduce air resistance. Traveling at a high speed wastes fuel because there is more air resistance.

246. Minimizing unnecessary weight in your car saves you money on fuel.

247. Do car preventive checks under the hood and avoid costly repairs.

248. Change your motor oil regularly. The motor is the most expensive part of your vehicle, while motor oil is quite cheap.

249. Use the lightest grade of motor oil to save money on gas. Look up your owner’s manual.

250. Make sure that you DON’T change your car’s motor oil too frequently.

251. Check your car air filter. It can cause your car’s fuel economy to suffer.

252. Bike, walk, take a train or try carpooling to work.

253. If possible, use one family car only. This cuts down expense of owning two cars to half.

254. Keep your car tires inflated to the correct to save gas and prolong tire life.

255. Try to do your own minor car repairs and maintenance that you can safely manage. For example, simple jobs like changing the windscreen wipers and handwashing.

256. Use Gas Guru to get the best gas prices near you.

257. Walk, bike or take public transport if you can.

258. Collect free auto battery water and save.

259. Put your dehumidifier water to good use. Water that’s collected is demineralized water that can be used for your car battery. You can also use the water for your steam iron. Learn more here.

260. Not going for regular car-wash. Wash your own car as much as you can.

SAVE MONEY ON WATER

261. Consider showering on alternate days especially during colder seasons.

262. Don’t flush your toilet too often.

263. Only wash clothes that are soiled. Don’t keep washing them if they’re not dirty.

264. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving, shampooing or washing your face.

265. Wait till you have a full load before using the washing machine.

266. Wash clothes using cold water.

267. Use the quickest wash.

268. Wash only clothes that smell – use the sniff test.

269. Reduce the number of times you use the washing machine.

270. Collect the waste water from your washing machine rinse cycle and use it to water your garden or flush your toilets.

SAVE MONEY DURING FESTIVE SEASONS

271. Keep wrapping paper, tape and scissors in a box to avoid buying them the last minute.

272. Adults can choose to opt out in gift giving.

273. Go on a treasure hunt before Christmas. Look for unexpected gems in the hidden corners of your home.

274. Collect real pine cones for part of the Christmas decorations.

275. Buy at post-Christmas sales like Boxing Day or Black Friday sales that offer huge savings.

276. Plan your list of gifts early.

277. Always be on the lookout for any sales during the year to get low prices.

278. Make your recipe collection ongoing, whether it’s for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

279. Make your own homemade gift hampers.

280. Reuse your Christmas wrapping paper.

281. Have a potluck Christmas meal.

282. Why not have a Secret Santa for adults?

283. Make free garden gifts.

SAVE MONEY ON CHILDREN’S NEEDS

284. Try to buy children’s clothes at thrift stores. They outgrow them fast.

285. Consider your child’s hobbies carefully too. Some are expensive like music as you have to fork out for the instrument and lessons.

286. If you’ve skills in say computing or sports, offer to teach your friends’ children in exchange. They in turn can teach your children free of charge.

287. Instead of buying new toys, consider exchanging toys with friends for a set period of time. Buy from thrift stores or join a toy library.

288. Take turns to exchange babysitting sessions with friends and relatives. Get grandparents to help out.

289. Exchange or loan toys with friends and relatives.

290. Visit art galleries.

291. Visit museums.

292. Go for picnics.

293. Have fun nature walks.

294. Take turns to organize arts and craft sessions with friends.

295. Organize a themed activity outdoors. For eg, ‘I Spy’ sessions.

296. Play by the beach, collect seashells and build sandcastles.

297. Take part on free workshops and events hosted by your local libraries.

298. Go for free storytelling sessions in libraries.

299. Enjoy free baby time sessions in libraries.

300. Ask your kids’ school for permission to swim in the school’s pools in summer.

BONUS SAVING TIPS 

301. Check your house for water leaks.

302. Take showers not baths.

303. Take shorter showers to save money on water bills.

304. Turn off the shower when you’re soaping and shampooing. Doing this saves power too.

305. Installing a water saving 2.5 gpm showerhead means you can save $260 a year for a family of four according to MSN Money.

306. In winter, before you shower, drain the cold water into a bucket. Use this water to flush your toilet for light use.

307. Why not have a sponge bath during winter?

308. Don’t turn on your faucet at full blast every time.

309. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving, shampooing or washing your face.

310. Place a filled plastic bottle in the toilet tank.

311. Be flexible when using toilet flush options.

312. Only wash clothes that are soiled. Don’t keep washing them if they’re not dirty.

313. Check with family members.

Before heading to the toilet, we’ll ask other family members if they need to go. We cut down on the number of flushes this way.

314. When you wash your vegetables, don’t run them under the tap. Collect a basin of water and soak them first.

315. Run the dishwasher only when it’s FULL. Each wash uses 25 gallons of water.

316. Washing dishes by hand?

Fill one sink with clean water and the other with soapy water.

317. Have only one sink?

Fill your sink with soapy water to wash your dishes. Remove them from the water. Drain the soapy water and refill with clean water for rinsing.

318. Water your lawn only when necessary.

319. Water your lawn for longer periods each time and not too often during summer.

320. Water you plants during cooler times of the day are much better as there’s less evaporation.

321. Water on still days when there’s hardly any wind.

322.  Water relatively more during the hotter months and less during cooler months.

323. Position your sprinklers so that you water in areas that need it.

324. Mulch around your trees and plants as it reduces water loss.

325. Grow drought-resistant trees, shrubs and plants.

326. Never hose your driveways and sidewalks.

327.  Don’t leave water running when you wash your car.

328. Discourage your kids from playing with your hose and sprinklers on hot days

329. Minimize using inflatable kids pools.

330. When you’re out of the house, tap into the free wi-fi offered by malls and cafes.

331. Don’t store all your bananas together as they’ll all ripen at the same time.

332. Store your apples in the fridge so that they’ll last longer.

333. Don’t store apples with oranges in the fridge close together as fruits give off a gas called ethylene which encourages them to spoil faster.

-store oranges in plastic mesh to allow them to ‘breathe’. Storing in plastic bags causes mold to form.

333. Never store tomatoes in your fridge. Leave them in the open to ripen. The best way is to let them ripen naturally on the plant.

334. Store your potatoes in a cool dark place. Any exposure to light causes them to turn green which contains a toxin called solanine.

335. Learn to defrost frozen foods safely to avoid contamination. Never thaw frozen meat on your counter.

336. Place your glass containers of herbs and spices away from direct sunlight as it bleaches their taste and color.

337.Buy quality clothes that last.

338. Wash clothes according to specified instructions.

339. If you’ve received clothes that need dry cleaning as gifts, sell or gift them to someone else.

340. Mend tears and frayed threads as soon as possible.

341. Buy quality shoes that last and support your feet well.

342. Give yourself a food challenge over 5 days where you’ll only use what’s available in the pantry, fridge or freezer to prepare a meal without shopping for fresh food.

343. Start a Frugal Food Challenge and see if you can do it for a month.

344. Don’t use different brands for the same purpose. For eg, 2 different brands of dishwashing liquid.

345. Make your own dishwashing liquid.

346. Make your own laundry powder.

347. Salvage your items by removing pretty buttons or lace from an old garment. These can be sewn onto other clothes to give them a new life.

348. Cut up the rest of garment to serve as rags.

349. Save up old kitchen sponges. Use them to clean messy spills and then discard them.

350. Collect leaves, twigs or seashells for your children’s arts and crafts sessions.

351. Ask co-workers for used color pencils, child safety scissors and other kids’ stuff especially if their children have outgrown them.

352. Locate cheaper items on supermarket shelves which are usually found on the lower or higher shelves. Skip those at eye level as they usually cost more.

353. Check prices in supermarkets by comparing price per gram, especially for canned foods.

354. Buy higher quality frozen products during sales. For example, check the percentage of chicken in in frozen chicken nuggets and buy those that have a higher percentage.

355. Label bottles you’re reusing to prevent mishaps. This goes a long way towards preserving the lifespan of high-value indoor plants.

356. Think of ways to extend the life of your items. For example, one short pencil on its own is usually thrown away. However, two short pencils can be taped back-to-back and be used as a normal pencil.

357. Be versatile with your make-up items. For example, a light tinge from your lipstick acts as a blusher.

358 . Get free stuff by signing up with companies that send out free samples by mail.

359. If you need an item and you’re not in a big hurry, ask around for a free one by putting in a request online in an appropriate section of your company’s site.

360. Keep an eye out for freebies offered by co-workers especially if you work for a large company. Someone recently gave away 2 free rugby tickets.

370. Save more on skincare products by applying tester’s samples in departmental stores when you’re window shopping. For eg, hand cream.

371. Attend free expos or events in your city. It’s fun and entertaining, and you may get free fiber-woven carrier bags like we did.

372. Sign up for free trials and remember to cancel your subscription before you get charged.

373. Be bold and try food samples offered at supermarkets.

374. Buy quality skincare products in mini sizes. You get to treat yourself from time to time on luxury products with spending too much.

375. Check your company’s website for subsidized deals. For example, your organization may have negotiated special discounts for staff members for travel deals like flights and holiday accommodation.

376. Your company may offer special benefits with discounts from pharmacies, subsidised prescription glasses if you work more than a certain number of hours a week, lawyer’s fees and so on.

377. You may be entitled to free eye and ear checks if you’re a member of organizations like AA.

378. Consolidate your insurance policies with one provider to get more discounts.

379. Buy in large quantities if you’re a heavy user of an item and you know the sale price is at rock bottom.

380. Minimize paying for holiday accommodation by visiting friends and relatives you get along well.

381. Cancel any unused or underused subscriptions like magazine subscriptions.

382. Do a clutter session for your house and garage once every 6 months and donate unwanted items or sell them.

383. Use natural light as far as possible.

384. Get enough breaks and rests during the day.

385. Aim for a good night’s sleep.

385. Exercise half an hour for 5 days a week.

386. Check if your company offers free flu vaccine.

387. Eat a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain your health.

388. Avoid charred foods. Read here for more information.

389. Invest in an electric toothbrush.

390. Floss your teeth at least once every day.

391. Send your car for regular maintenance checks to prevent future problems.

392. Save leftover food for packed lunches.

393. Grow your own fruit trees.

394. Check your pantry before you start buying staples.

395. Minimize buying beverages like coffee or tea when you’re outside the house.

396. Don’t subscribe to travel deals online.

397. Minimize buying snacks from vending machines.

398. Don’t be tempted to buy snacks when you’re paying at the gas station.

399. Be always on the lookout for specials and clearance deals at the supermarket.

400. Have a list of items you always use regularly, for example, toilet rolls. Make it a habit to check if there’re specials on them.

401. Look for free landscape materials, for example, rocks for your garden in natural surroundings.

402. Harvest free plants for your garden. Succulents and geraniums work well.

Wrap Up

Phew! There you have it. With so many smart ideas to choose from, these 400 frugal living tips will certainly help you get started on your savings journey in no time. All the best!

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