If you want to save money, there are plenty of frugal tips available online that can help you do so. Frugality isn’t just about saving money; it’s also about being smart with your money.
Luckily, many people on Reddit call themselves frugal and share their tips with the rest of the world, which allows us to learn from their experiences and put frugality into practice in our own lives. When you need some money-saving advice, head to Reddit and spend your day exploring Subreddit r/Frugal/.
Some of the tips might seem a bit unconventional, but they’re simple enough for anyone to follow. As this is a Maybe Frugal blog, I picked out easy frugal ideas that require little effort.
A popular tip that always pops up on every thread, which is common knowledge for anyone trying to save money:
Cook your meals and make your coffee at home. Going out once in a while is fun but when you cut out the costs of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars you save so much money. – user/sparklepuppies6
So, that’s your baseline. I’ll also exclude repeated advice like insulating your windows & smart thermostat in this post. Regardless, according to Redditors, let’s look at 20 frugal tips to save money in no order.
Use Kitchen Towels Instead of Paper Towels
It takes a lot of trees to make paper towels, and once paper towels are used, they usually end up in landfills. Why waste paper towels on a day-to-day basis? Instead, use a kitchen towel. You can grab 6 pack of kitchen towels for as low as $5 on Amazon. These washable towels are easy to clean and quick to dry! They resist shrinking and trap less lint for extended use.
Tip by: u/dayglo_nightlight
Cut Dishwashing Sponges in Half
Several Reddit users recommend cutting your sponges into smaller pieces, which can extend their use. You will also want to dilute your detergent to potentially save you money on dishwashing detergent, but if you use a gel or “pump” bottle, it’s best to shake or stir the detergent before each use.
Tip by: u/Faro7453
Buy Foods That Can Be Stored in Bulk
Canned goods and frozen poultry are a great way to save money while cutting down on waste. As long as you store cans in a cool, dry place, most canned goods will last you two to three years. With these items, you can buy larger quantities for less than the cost of brand-name products. Bargain hunters like to shop for canned goods with coupons, and many cashback credit cards give 3% or 5% cash back on grocery purchases.
Tip by: u/hitchcocklikedblonds
Purchase a Chest Freezer
If you purchased a lot of frozen meat, you’d need to store it somewhere. Consider buying a chest freezer. While it is an investment—you can get one at Walmart for $101 or on Amazon for $129—you’ll be surprised how much money you’ll save in the long run by buying in bulk and freezing food. The freezer will entice you to eat out less often. It’s a psychological effect. When you’re tempted to go out to eat, think about all the money you’re saving by eating at home.
If you are worried about the electricity bill, you will also be happy to know that running a freezer costs around $32 a year.
Tip by: /u/Kementarii
Buy Refurbished Items and Sell Your Current Item if You Can
This is excellent advice, and I have written a couple of posts on how and where to buy or sell refurbished items. Especially when it comes to electronics and appliances. Selling a used item and purchasing a refurbished one is better for the environment and your wallet.
Tip by: u/Kementarii/
Shop Thrift Stores/Second Hand Stores
Going to second-hand stores is fun to find great things for your home without paying full price. You can find great items for your house, like pots, pans, lamps, and decor.
And don’t forget clothing! Often, clothes at thrift stores are in excellent condition and are available at a fraction of the cost that they would be if they were brand new.
Tip by: u/cafali
Hang Your Dry Wash to Save on Bill and Make them Last Longer
You probably already know that you should hang your dry clothes because they’ll last longer, but did you also know that it can save you money? The heat from the dryer wears out your clothes much faster than if you let them dry naturally. And although throwing a load of laundry in the dryer seems quick, it actually takes a lot of energy to power the dryer itself.
By just hanging your clothes up after every wash, you’ll make them last longer and save money at the same time. I bought a clothing rack similar to this one, that’s handy for drying clothes whether indoor or outdoor.
Use MVNO or Prepaid Cell Phone Plan
An MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator, is a wireless service provider that leases network access from a larger carrier. They don’t have their own tower infrastructure, so they can pass the savings to customers like you and me. I’ve been an MVNO user for years, and I love how much money I’ve saved by switching. Plans start as low as $15 per month, with unlimited talk and text and 5GB of data. You can use this link to compare plans.
Tip by: u/lunarbyrd
Take Good Care of Your Teeth
I recently went to the dentist for a deep cleaning. The bill was a whopping $650! Dentistry is expensive, so invest in an electric toothbrush and floss often. After I visited the doctor, I bought a Hum toothbrush by Colgate and a water flosser. Your teeth will thank you, and you will save money in the long run by not having to spend unnecessary bills at the dentist’s office.
Never Buy Anything Full Price & Use Cashback Credit Card and Coupon Apps
If you are planning to make a purchase online, you may want to look for a coupon code or cash back site that will allow you to save some money. For example, Topccashback, Rakuten, & Rebateme. Pair this technique with a 3% or 5% cash back credit card, and you are looking at a 10-15% discount on your purchase.
Bonus Tip: Try “Buy Nothing Month”
If you’re looking to get rid of some clutter, why not try setting aside a month per year and not buying anything during that time? That way, you can gradually reduce your clutter. I plan on doing this myself this year and will see how much I can save.
Tip by: u/readzalot1
Here are four additional tips from Reddit on how to save money:
- Reset your hot water temperature for the summer.
- Save money on streaming services by “Subscription Hopping.”
- Join your local buy-nothing group.
- Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
- Always bringing lunch to work.
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