Updated: 5 days ago
Frugal living is a tradition that came long before us, but it has become a common lifestyle of many. Right now with Covid-19, many people find themselves with a lower income, or none at all, you may have no choice but to start living frugally.
In the past, living frugally had a misconceived reputation It became almost shameful, which is a total misunderstanding of the whole idea. Living frugally shouldn’t carry any shame at all.
In fact, living frugally should be considered a smart financial decision. The whole idea is cutting down on your expenses to save money for the things that really matter. It’s a smart thing to do for yourself and your family.
Why You Should Be More Frugal:
Being frugal means to live with the least amount of expenses possible. In the current state of emergency, it’s essential that you save money and invest it wisely. Even if you don’t usually live paycheque to paycheque, it’s always a good idea to save money.
If you’re thinking about frugal living as hoarding coupons and canned foods, I hate to disappoint you, but that’s not really it. Well, the hoarding part isn’t, anyway. To be perfectly honest, you’re free to do it your own way, even if that’s a little bit at a time.
From my own experiences, I have composed a list of 15 simple frugal living tips to help you save money! You can try them one at a time, or all at once, it’s totally up to you and your financial needs. Enjoy!
1. Shop for Toiletries, Office Supplies, etc. at the Dollar Store:
You know what I’m talking about. Bars of soap, dish soap, other stuff. You’d be surprised what your local Dollarama has in stock.
2. DIY Whenever Possible:
If you like to get creative, a great way to be frugal is to make your own stuff. Things like home decor, even clothes if you’re good with a sewing machine.
Make stuff for yourself or to sell online to make more money!
3. Lay Off Or Quit Takeout/ Daily Coffees:
If you add up the money you spend on a coffee every day, you’ll be surprised. I know, I was and I stopped buying coffee every day from that day on.
Additionally, when you cut down n getting coffee or going for dinner, you’ll feel so much better when you finally do get to go out and get something.
It’s a treat to yourself, instead of a habit.
4. Shop Second Hand:
This is the best way to shop for clothes, in my opinion. Of course, it’s nice to buy something new for yourself every now and again, but only as a treat, especially when you’re living frugally.
You can go to your local thrift store or try shopping on apps like Poshmark or VarageSale. Poshmark is my favorite because it handles all the shipping and sales details.
You buy your item and it sends a packing label to the seller and they send your product! P.S. You can also sell your clothes to make some money as well.
5. Get Cash-Back for Purchases with Rakuten:
Rakuten is commonly advertised, so I assume you know what it is. On the offside that you don't, it’s an app that lets you earn cashback when you buy items from their listed stores.
You sign in, go to the store from their directory, buy your item, and earn a certain percentage back. It’s a great way to save money while spending it as well.
6. Trade & Swap What You Don't Want for Things You Do:
The barter system has been around since the beginning of human civilization.
It’s simple, you find someone who is willing to trade an item they have that you want for something you have that they want. Your unwanted items can be valuable in getting something you want.
7. Shop at Flea Markets and Farmers Markets:
Flea markets are a great place to score deals on just about everything! From DVDs, games, clothing, everything.
Farmer's markets are also a great way to save money while getting great fresh produce and supporting your local farmers!
8. Search Online & Apps for Deals, Flyers, Coupons:
I’m not talking about Extreme Couponing. That’s... well, extreme. Keep an eye out for deals in your local newspaper, flyers, and apps that send you coupons.
You can find these wherever you get your apps.
9. Sign up for Freebies & Giveaways:
The best way to live frugally is to get things for free. Find out if your favorite stores offer free samples or email companies inquiring about the same.
State that you prefer to try before you buy. Any business that values customer relations will answer you.
Beware of scammers and be careful to read the fine print and to ensure that you’re dealing with reputable brands.
10. Ditch Cable for Streaming:
It’s a commonly known fact that cable and satellite are a secondary service, these days. Even cable networks are getting streaming apps. Streaming services tend to be cheaper than satellite and cable services.
However, it’s only a good suggestion if you have unlimited internet. In my case, I can’t get unlimited internet that costs less than my satellite services because I live in a rural area.
11. Grow Your Own Veggies & Herbs:
If you have the room to garden, and if you love fresh herbs and veggies, I highly suggest having a little veggie or herb garden. Herbs can be put in groups, in planters, and most veggies don’t need much room to grow either.
Imagine garden-fresh salads and fresh herbs with your dinner. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
12. Repurpose Things:
This is where your creativity and resourcefulness kicks in. Repurpose things that don’t serve their purpose anymore.
Find them a new purpose! For example, when you cut your jeans into shorts, you’re repurposing them.
Think of some other things you can transform and repurpose for new uses!
13. Sew/Mend Torn Clothes instead of buying new:
This falls in the realm of repurposing, but in terms that you’re giving it the same purpose by fixing it. Anyway, this means that if your shirt has a small hole or rip in it, it’s cheaper to sew it than it is to buy another shirt.
You’d be surprised what you can do, once you’ve mastered a sewing machine.
14. Do Your Own Beauty Treatments:
Beauty Treatments are a luxury. There, I said it. Yes, it can be a form of self-care, but not if you’re spending money that you need for other things.
Luckily for you, there are simple alternatives. No, I’m NOT recommending DIY Botox, that’s a terrible idea.
15. Stay in instead of Going Out:
I know I mentioned it before, but this is important and this time, I’m not just talking about coffee and takeout. I’m talking about having a date night at home instead of going out to a fancy dinner, cuddling up on the couch instead of going to the movies.
Not to say that you should become a hermit, but when you’re living frugally going out is a luxury expense that just doesn’t fit in on a regular basis.
As you can see there are so many incredibly easy tips and tricks to live frugally and save money. It’s simply following the basis that you have to cut out your luxury expenses and save what you can.
Have another frugal living tip? Let’s hear about it in the comments!
Until next time xoxo