When most people think about saving money, they think about cutting costs, counting pennies and using coupons. But, you may be surprised at the unconventional ways you can save money. From haggling to reusing every day items these small changes can mean big savings. I know I’ve done some weird things to save money, but I’m curious to hear your saving secrets.
Here are the weirdest ways I’ve saved money
- I gave up meat for Lent and ended up saving more than $100 because of it. Three cheers for broccoli!
- I hoard gifts through the year so that I don’t have to spend as much at Christmas. One of these days that brand new CamelPak is going to be the puuurrfect gift.
- I wash and reuse plastic bags (unless they had meat in them).
The ways that I’ve saved money may seem a little crazy, but there are others who are even more frugal. Here are the most interesting ways I’ve heard of about how people are saving money.
- Potty training cats to save on cat litter. This seems a little extreme, but I guess cat litter can get pretty expensive?
- Getting a wedding sponsored. Instead of paying for services some couples are having vendors sponsor their event. If you’re on a very limited budget (where throwing your own party is out of the question) this is an intriguing option to consider.
- Foraging for wild vegetables and herbs. While I’m more in favor of having my own personal garden, this makes sense if you are in an area where wild plants are plentiful.
- Shopping with a time limit. By limiting your time in the store you have to stick to your list…or you might not be able to get everything. Shopping in thirty minutes or less may seem like a game show task but it could definitely keep you from taking part in impulsive purchases.
- Cutting hair short. By keeping hair short you cut costs of hair care products such as shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray. Since you have less hair you will be using less product. Personally, I like my hair long so I’d be unlikely to cut it to save costs. I might try making my own shampoo instead though!
- Get services at training schools. You can save money on everything from haircuts to cavity fillings by going to local trade schools that provide these services. You are taking a risk as these are students who are training in these fields.
What about you? What are you most frugal habits?