With inflation still at 8.3% in August and economic uncertainty on peoples minds, saving a little more money feels like a good idea. Frugal living tips can help with that, but some definitely get a little...weird.
Here are the best and worst frugal living tips I've ever seen.
BEST: Focus on big areas of savings to see the biggest impact
Focusing on areas you can save hundreds in year after year is WORTH IT. This man saving $750 a year by switching phone plans is a frugal win. Start with housing, transportation, and food costs as areas to cut back in if you can.
I respect the foresight, but the general advice to hoard things for years to save tiny amounts of money isn't worth it for most people, financially. This is a better tip for people who are trying to reduce waste.
3.BEST: Utilize your public library for more than just books
4.WORST: Live at home to save money
BEST: Plant native plants or clover lawns instead of grass as your lawn
Lawns with Bermuda grass need a lot of water and maintenance. For homeowners, switching to clover lawns, or a local native plant like these yards will be cheaper, better for the environment, and prettier.
6.WORST: Everyone needs a side hustle in order to build wealth
BEST: Ditch store loyalty and shop local stores
I worked over 200 weddings as a caterer and let me tell you: you need staff if there's over 20 people. Setting up tables and chairs, setting plates, silverware, napkins and centerpieces, bussing after people are done eating, packing up the decor at the end of the night...it all takes time. Staff is not the place to be cheap if you want to actually enjoy your own wedding.
BEST: Eat in season produce to save on food costs
Different parts of the year have different fruits and veggies that are in season. Eating seasonally can mean cheaper prices and tastier food (since they don't have to be shipped from the other side of the world.) SNAP has a list of what's currently in season throughout the year. And if you have the freezer space, you can buy in season and freeze for later.
Sewing up ripped seams and buttons back onto clothes give you more time with items you have, rather than spending on new. YouTube is a great resource to learn how to repair everything from air conditioners to clothes to cars.
14.WORST: Wasting time when there's no need
What's a frugal hack that you use to save money? (Please, no coffee pot chicken recipes).