Frugal

2 Ways to Have More by Owning Less

These are excellent sites and fit with my local living philosophy. Neighbors helping neighbors is what made America strong!

NeighborGoods is a new platform that allows you to do just that, allowing you to borrow and lend from and to your neighbors rather than buying new stuff.

Zipcar, a 24/7, on-demand carsharing service that gives its members flexible access to thousands of cars across the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

 


5 Ways To Reuse Your Old Shower Curtain

  1. Drop cloth for painting
  2. Tarp to cover firewood pile
  3. Protect your car's interior or trunk from bags of compost, top soil, muddy boots, etc.
  4. Family size poncho at an outdoor event
  5. Mini-greenhouse or cold frame for the garden. Build a frame with plastic pipe or scrap wood, and drape the curtain over it. Use stakes to secure it to the ground.

 


Space: The Frugal Frontier

  • Think vertical – just keep a step stool handy
  • Hang stuff – use pegboard or hammer nails between floor joists (in the basement) and hand stuff that has a handle/hole
  • Think square – square containers can be stacked and don’t waste volume like circular containers do
  • Be creative – use the space under a couch, under a bed, or under the stairs for your non-perishables – use a storage trunk as a coffee table
  • Keep track to avoid duplication through labels, writing on boxes, and arranging items logically
  • Buy foldable furniture like futons, card tables, folding chairs
  • I have found that I double my freezer space simply by taking the frozen contents out of the boxes that they are purchased in
  • When saving things for future use, save only the small, useful parts like screws, nuts, bolts, springs, and washers
  • Buy things that have multiple uses – a bike can be both transportation and exercise
  • Clean house every spring and have a yard sale – if something doesn’t sell, call the Salvation Army

Halving To Save Money

Often we use too much of some cleanser - thinking that's how much we need. Examples include dish soap, shampoo, shaving cream (you get the picture).

Try using half as much, if that works, try halving it again. Ultimately you'll find just the right amount to do the job but not be wasteful!


Free Education Sites ~ Don't Pay For College

I'm going to save you from $30,000 to $100,000 on this one.

The Internet is full of free learning tools - from online videos, to wikibooks, to PDF documents. 

  1. Khan Academy
  2. Goodwill is providing free education
  3. Listen to thousands of lectures from the world’s top scholars at Academic Earth
  4. 10 Sites to Learn Something New in 10 Minutes a Day
  5. Free Yale University Courses
  6. Instructables
  7. MERLOT
  8. How Stuff Works
  9. eHow
  10. Learn to Speed Read