Some of the most unique frugal tips we received at the Frugal Fe$tival were from repeat tipsters! Iggy, Pauline, Michele and Julie shared some really fantastic ways to save money!
“Used nylons are great for gardens. Tie plants up, use over ripening fruit to keep squirrels from eating, sling under a melon so it doesn’t rest on the ground.” – Iggy
“I make my own laundry soap – inexpensive and really cleans clothes.” – Pauline
“I use the plastic disposable container for fruits we buy in grocery stores as plant holders. The water doesn’t spill on the floor.” – Marie
“Save the water from washing a fish tank for plants. The plants love the extra nutrients.” – Iggy
“I make a game out of getting something for a better price by setting a “price point” that I’m willing to pay. Then I’ll hunt for the item and “keep an eye out” until I find it for that price. (i.e. I wanted a yoga mat but decided my price point was $10, so I waited until I found one where for that price.” – Julie
“My kids cut out the Sunday coupons and place them in groups by food and non-food. They get great cutting and organizing skills.” – Jessica
“Use the material from broken umbrellas to patch holes in clothes and jeans.” – Iggy
“Hungry? Go to a “fast food” Mexican restaurant such as La Sala or Baja Fresh. Do not order off the menu! Look for the low prices of the side dishes. You can eat very well by ordering a couple side dishes and enjoying all the fixings at the salsa bar!! All for less than $4!! For ex., a plate of beans and rice, a side of tortillas. Ask for a cup for water and add lime.” – Sheryl
“Don’t be afraid to cut your own hair! I cut my bangs and my husband trims the back. If the average woman’s cut is $50, I’ve saved at least $600 a year!” – Michele
“I save coffee cups from Starbucks, but instead of using them for coffee, I use them to bring a (large) glass of wine with me when I go out with friends! No bar has ever stopped me from bringing in a cup of “coffee.” – Julie
“Have a kid in college? Check out the online textbooks sites that compare prices before emptying your bank account at the college stores.” – Michele
“Save toilet paper roll for children’s projects.” – anonymous
“We use paper towel rollers for bedding for hamsters. We shred it and it turns out to be their bedding.” – Marie
“Hang old CDs in the fruit trees to scare away the birds.” – anonymous
Have you used any of these ideas? Many are new to me. Thank for contributing, folks!