Frugal

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

Extreme Couponing Exposed

What money you might be saving, you are wasting two-fold in the amount of time it takes you to properly shop with coupons. It's downright complicated. You have to subscribe to the newspapers, clip, sort, and store the coupons, find the store's deals that week, figure out what coupons can work with the deals, go shopping (often times having to visit multiple stores), and then, additionally, plan out and shop for the things your coupons don't work for (but you still need).

Coupons are meant to bring down the price of name-brand items. But, have you noticed that name-brand items are typically more expensive to begin with? One of my favorite frugal living secrets is that store-brand items are usually made by the name-brand factories.

Most coupons are for pantry items. It's next to never that you'll find a coupon for fresh produce, dairy, or meat ... which is typically the stuff that we go through the fastest, and costs us the most.

Just because something is a good deal -- whether you use it regularly or not -- doesn't mean you have to buy a three-year supply of it.

Stores across the nation have tightened up on their coupon policies.

And most couponers realize their addiction and stop!

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