1. Re-use spaghetti jars as storage or planters. I use them to hold nails and screws, pens and pencils, small hard candy. I also have built little planters out of them to hold bamboo stalks. Plus, they are free after you eat the sauce, so it’s real frugal.
2. Try line-drying a load of laundry. I started doing this a little while ago…I would pick one load a week and dry it hanging in our bathroom. I don’t really do it for the savings of $.75 each week, but rather in my tiny project of trying to reduce energy usage. But if you can line dry one load of laundry a week, you can save energy and water (if you own your own home), or $.75 if you use a laundromat!
3. Use both sides of a piece of paper. I know it sound silly, but when you use only one side of a sheet of paper, you are wasting the other side! Most of the things we all print we either A. never show to anyone or B. throw away a few days later. So why not flip the paper over and use the other side? The other alternative is to take a stack of once-printed paper and cut it into four pieces. Then take all these pieces, make a pile, and staple it in the corner. Voila! Instant mini notepad.
4. You know all those old candles you have laying around? The ones that are all half burnt and ready for the trash? What if you melted them all down and made new ones? All it takes is a double-boiler type of set-up and you can have liquid candle wax and brand new candles in no time.
5. Buy your prescriptions by mail. When you get a prescription from your doctor, ask for a multiple month supply. Then check with your insurance plan as to what mail-order prescription company(ies) you are allowed to use. You can save a lot by doing this, especially if you are on a lot of medicine!
6. Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels for cleaning. Sure, paper towels are not expensive, but you do have to keep buying them week after week. But instead you could spend a few bucks for some reusable microfiber cloths and not have to buy new ones but every year or two. Besides, it helps keep paper towels out of the trash!
7. Subscribe to your local Freecycle group. You never know what you may find that someone else is giving away for free. I have given away one bicycle, moving boxes and unopened cat food in our local group!
8. Make your own laundry detergent. It’s not hard and it’s very cheap…like less than $.15 per load. Combine 1/2 Cup Washing Soda, 1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap and a 1/2 Cup Borax. Done!
9. Buy cooking herbs in bulk at a local natural food store instead of at the grocery store. Spend $.50 cents for a refill of what you need instead of $4.00 for a new bottle.
10. Stop shaving and grow a beard. I cannot believe how long my razors last now that I only shave under my chin twice a week. Sure, I look like a serial killer and my wife won’t kiss me, but really…isn’t it all good in the name of frugality? 😉