1. Go on a diet: Drinking water instead of soda and reducing calorie intake can cut inches off your waist and the length of your grocery receipt.
2. Cut the cable and hit up Hulu: Lots of people are canceling their cable and satellite TV subscriptions and using Hulu.com to watch their favorite TV shows and movies for FREE. You just need to know how to hook up your computer to your television (unless you don’t mind watching from your computer screen). If Hulu’s free selection doesn’t suit you, for only $9.99 per month (still less than the average cable or satellite subscription) you can view even more of the shows you love.
3. Cut your own hair: What does a typical haircut cost these days? Maybe $15 for guys and up to a few hundred dollars for girls?! Instead, why not go buy a $25 set of hair clippers and cut your own hair? The buzzed look is coming back for the guys. And ladies, I think it’s time to bring back the GI Jane look.
4. Freeze your credit cards (literally): This tip comes from Clark Howard, a personal finance radio show host, who suggests that placing your credit cards in a plastic bag with water and freezing them will help you avoid making unnecessary purchases. The time it would take for those credit cards to thaw would give you plenty of time to think about whether or not you REALLY need that new Louis Vutton purse.
5. Don’t tip the waiter: I don’t want any nasty emails or comments about this one. I’m simply saying that you can avoid paying a lofty 18% in gratuity by eating at less expensive self-serve restaurants.
6. Brew your own wine/beer (21+ only): This is a personal favorite of mine. I brew new batches of homemade wine all the time. Granted, it’s no top shelf Pinot Noir, but it’s a great hobby (for those of age) and it’s cheap. All you really need to get started is a gallon jug, your favorite non-citrus juice, yeast, and sugar. Want to know how to get started? Download my homemade wine recipe! PS, drink responsibly.
7. Roll your own cigarettes (18+ only): Have you seen the price of a pack of cigarettes lately? Outrageous! I used this nifty tip back in college when I was still a smoker. With a half-decent cigarette roller (~$40), some cigarette tubes (~$3 for a carton’s worth), and your favorite rolling tobacco ($20-$30 for a carton’s worth), you can save lots of money per carton and that roller will pay for itself in no time. PS, don’t smoke, it’s bad for you.
8. Double-up uses for household items: This tip comes from a post from The Save Money Blog titled, “Save Money By Making Your Own Products.” It’s a short post with a big message. Many household items can be used for multiple purposes. A suggestion from the post is to save money by making your own spaghetti sauce if you grow your own tomatoes. You can also try using paper towels to make baby wipes. Be creative and have fun with this one.
9. Stop being lazy: It little extra effort can save a lot of money over time. Do your own dishes instead of buying disposable plates and silverware. Walk or bike to the store instead of taking a car.
10. Need food storage containers? Buy cottage cheese: I’m sure that Glad makes a great product, but I’ve found that empty margarine or cottage cheese containers work just as well as food storage containers. Just don’t wash ’em on the bottom shelf of your dishwasher.
What other quirky money-saving tips can you suggest?
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