This is a post by staff writer Yazmin Cruz.
After reading about the radical things a personal finance blogger does to save money on Three Thrifty Guys, I had to share my own list. I’ve already shared the things I simply won’t do to save money, but now I’m running the risk of being called a cheap-o by sharing the crazy things I do (or have done) to save a few cents. Hey, it adds up!
I’ve done five of the seven things the Three Thrifty Guys post lists. Check out both lists and let me know how many you are guilty of doing in the comments.
- I save butter wrappers. Once I’ve used up all the butter, I keep the wrappers in the fridge. They come in handy when I need to grease a casserole dish.
- I reuse teabags. I love drinking an expensive ($10 a container) organic coconut chai so I allow myself the splurge, but I steep the bag three times before composting.
- I save aluminum foil to rewrap items. I also recycle it to get a couple cents back.
- I pick up pennies. Any type of money does the trick, really, but I love shiny pennies.
- I save seeds from homegrown plants instead of buying seeds for next season.
- I do my own waxing. It beats paying for someone to hurt you and sharing your wax with strangers. Yuck!
- I skip the shampoo. By shampoo-ing less often I save lots of money. This does not mean I do not shower — I do. According to LearnVest, you can save $45 to $200 by skipping a wash. Here are my tips to save money on shampoo.
- I still use my student ID card. I graduated last year from school, but this hasn’t stopped me from showing my ID to get a discount at the movie theaters and restaurants. I’m still considered a student if I’m taking an online class, right?
- I shop in the kids section. The biggest size still fits me and the clothes are less expensive than what’s found in the women’s section.
- I walk behind everyone in my household turning off lights. I’ve been told it’s annoying, but haven’t heard a complain when we receive the bill.
- I use reusable feminine products. TMI, I know. But you, too, could be saving money during that time of the month!
- I’ve reused stamps. I peeled them off letters I received and added glue to stick them back on. I did check with a post office employee beforehand. He gave me the OK.
What crazy things do you do to save money? I’m dying to know!
Here’s another post that caught my attention this week…
Wise Bread shares the new graduate’s guide to affordable fun! Are you young and broke?