List of Penny-Pinching Ideas

This list is a compilation of ideas to save money. It changes and updates as time goes on, so be sure to check back. Try out the ideas you like and leave what you don’t.

-stop eating out

-have a budget

-stop buying coffee/tea/soda from stores

-measure out your coffee (try about 1 Tbsp per 2 cups of water-this is relatively strong, so adjust to taste)

-cut sponges in half to make 2 sponges

-instead of throwing away old clothes, cut them into rags for cleaning

-use rags to wash dishes

-water down soap

-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher

-instead of dish washer pods, fill up the soap compartment with white vinegar

-set the dishwasher to cool dry

-turn the dishwasher off before the drying phase and let the dishes air dry

-make your own all-purpose, natural cleaner (put half white vinegar and half water in a squirt bottle

-instead of dish washer pods, put a couple drops of Dawn in the soap compartment and sprinkle 1 Tbsp of baking soda in the bottom of the washer

-keep livestock (or just keep chickens/rabbits in the backyard)


-grow a garden

-patch old clothes

-hang clothes to dry

-cook dried beans

-cook from scratch

-eat less meat

-buy in bulk

-look at unit prices, not overall prices

-make your own decorations for events

-make your own greeting cards

-shop thrift stores

-use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

-pull the plug on cable

-unplug appliances when not in use

-put a container of water in the toilet tank

-stop buying bottled water

-buy large cuts of meat and break it down into smaller portions

-learn a new skill

-utilize the library

-wash out plastic bags


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