12 Frugal People Share Good Money-Saving Tips
It’s time to spend less and save more with these frugal tips from AskReddit users who know how to save some serious dough.
1. Happy with less.
“Learn (or convince yourself, whatever) to be get by and be happy with less. There are tons of sh^t that people buy that are just simply not necessary.
Being frugal consistently is like eating healthy consistently. There’s no special trick. No fad.
Just committing to making smart decisions on an hour-to-hour, day-to-day basis while keeping your long term goals in mind.”
2. The necessities.
“Stop buying anything you don’t need and really start evaluating what that word means.
Change your mindset to loathe materialism.
No matter your religion, you can’t take it with you, so why does it matter?”
3. Budget! Budget! Budget!
“It took me a long time to figure out how to budget but I use mint.com which is a free website by the same company that makes Quickbooks. Basically you link it to your bank account and every time you use your debut card it categorizes the purchase. Really forces you to are where you waste money. The first month I had it I saw I was wasting almost $150 a month at a coffee shop near my work!!
Tricks that work for me: Don’t use cash unless absolutely necessary. Cash is harder to track. If you make tips at work, deposit them in the bank and use your debit card.
I keep my budget on mint.com linked to my phone. It texts me to let me know I’m getting close to my chosen limits for dinners out or stuff like that.
Put bills on autopay- late payments are stupid wastes of money.
Put checking account alerts on your phone. Overdraft fees are wasted money.
Don’t buy groceries in such quantity that your throwing away food. Bulk price is only worth it if you bulk eat.
If you have a credit card leave it home if you are easily tempted. If you’re carrying a balance with interest you’re doing it wrong. I never ever carry a credit card balance- It is for emergency use only. If you have credit card debt, pay off the highest interest cards first.”
4. Banking blues.
“Get out of the big banks! You’re paying fees to hold your own money! Get a credit union. I guarantee there’s tons around you.
I don’t pay ATM fees ever. They don’t charge me to take out my own money. And with my credit union I can use any Walgreens, CVS, Wawa, Hess, or 7-11 atm for free.
I don’t pay fees for transferring from savings. I don’t pay a monthly or annual fee for having a low balance.
Accidentally overdrafting is $25 instead of $35. Loans and borrowing have much lower rates than the big banks.
I can link my account to another credit union account to transfer money, without being able to see their info/balance.
STOP PAYING FEES AT YOUR BANK!”
5. Avoid convenience.
“Stay out of convenience stores.
Eat at home instead of going out or ordering delivery.
Buy in bulk when feasible. The smaller packages/containers are generally pricey per unit.”
6. Just stay home.
“Drink at home more often instead of going out to the bar.
The bar is definitely fun sometimes, but you and your friends could have just as much fun playing games and being anti-social at home.”
7. Cooking saves a lot!
“Learn to cook and don’t eat out at restaurants.
Some occasions are ok but otherwise you save a lot of money by eating in.
There are a lot of videos on youtube of doable recipes and after you get the hang of it you’ll only want to cook for yourself vs ordering or eating at restaurants.”
“Brew your own coffee.
If you live in a city and drink a cup/day that’s about 2-3 bucks a day.
Over $700-900 a year.
Easy to cut that down to roughly $150 with a nice coffee machine and a dark roast.”
9. Switch hydration
It costs less than soda, and it’s better for you.
It also helps to stop hunger!
10. Foodies unite!
“Crock pot meals!
Even if you’re just one person, You set it in the morning and then you have a home-cooked meal once you come home and most likely leftovers for the next couple days! You can also get a small crock pot for 1-2 people for about $20 (at least in my area you can). Yes it can be boring but you get far more out than in the effort you put in. It also helps for unexpected guests.
Also, Labeling all food so that the expiration date on each is ridiculously obvious. You do this so you know when to go grocery shopping and you can get a little at a time versus buying a ton all at once. If it doesn’t have an actual expiration date, you can also try writing the date of purchase on it otherwise, try to find out online what the ‘expiration date’ would normally be.
Ex: Oranges usually last about 1-2 months in the Fridge/2-3 weeks on the counter.”
11. Don’t. Shop. Hungry.
“Do not go shopping on an empty stomach.
Personally, I don’t even drive anywhere until I’ve had a good meal.
This way, less chance if wasting money on sh^tty junk food or impulsively going to restaurants where you end up spending more than your budget allows.”
12. Repairs aren’t that difficult
“This post may seem out of the ordinary and somewhat non frugal, but invest in tools, a car jack, and jack stands.
Learning to fix your car yourself is a great way to save money on labor.
When you buy car parts, I recommend using sites such as rockauto or autopartswarehouse since they sell parts much cheaper than stores such as O’reilly, AutoZone and Napa.”