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Top 7 Most Frugal Things I Do

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We’ve all heard stories. Maybe you too had a Grandma that rinsed out Ziploc baggies for the forth time, looking to squeeze one more use out of it. No shame in her most frugal game.

While there is a line between frugal and too frugal, that line can get a little hazy when you get good and into it.

Taco Bell napkins for toilet paper? Yeah, I’ve been there. Not that I want to abuse my backside with single ply again, but I am no stranger to uber-frugality.

So, what are some of the most frugal things people do? Well…

The 7 Most Frugal Things I Do

The Top 7 Most Frugal Things I Do 

1. Reuse plastic baggies

I mean really, unless they are filled with nasties, why not use them again? Especially if they’re just holding crackers or other snacks. Does it pass the sniff test?

I also reuse plastic containers.

2. Buy meat on clearance

I don’t remember the last time I bought meat that wasn’t discounted. I love long, romantic strolls down the markdown aisle, and that includes cheap meat.

3. Rinse out bottles with water to get every last drop

Nothing wrong with a little watered down ketchup. LOL! That laundry detergent will work just as well also. Think: You are literally adding it to a tub of water. Rinse that baby out cause that’s good to the last drop.

4. Go without instead of buying a $3 item I actually need 

While making coffee at home instead of buying out is surely a “normal” frugal thing, seeing how long you can go between shaving your legs just to save those razor blades?

That might be uber frugal. And I might be guilty.

5. Cut things in half

Not only does this sharpen your scissors, but you get double the use out of scrub sponges by cutting them in half. And dryer sheets, and paper towels and portion sizes.

6. Wash laundry in cold water

Unless I need to use hot water (someone is sick etc) I use cold. In fact, I have a whole slew of things I do to save on laundry. Including the rinse out the bottle tip outlined in #3.

You can even make your own laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent

7. Buy stock in baking soda

Okay, not really but I should with all of the things I clean around the house with it! Between vinegar and baking soda, you can clean just about anything.

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  1. Just a head's up - someone did a story about things we *think* are frugal that actually aren't. It turns out that making your own laundry detergent can wear down your machine faster than anything. Only use make-at-home detergent if you're using a wringer/washer or for sink/hand washing. You'll save hundreds by not having to buy a new machine. I beat your "skip a few days between shaving legs". I haven't shaved my legs since 1996, which was the last time I danced in public (traditional bellydance, there are limits to how girly you feel when having shaggy legs). So, I can't think of the number of razor blades I *haven't* purchased. I admit to being lucky in this as I have little body hair and what I do have tends towards invisible, so I see no reason to shave what people couldn't see anyway. Cornstarch is healthier for you than talcum powder - and is definitely healthier for your baby. I buy a lot of groceries at the store brand, or in bulk, but I carry a calculator to determine which is actually the cheapest per measurement - you'd be surprised at how many things are actually cheaper in the smaller packages - which gives me more stuff to fill with buttons or yarn. (Drat!) A 50/50 mix of white vinegar and 1% rubbing alcohol can be used to treat "swimmer's ear" and is just as good, if not better for you, than the store bought. (My Primary Care doctor gave me that secret.) Good ideas, thank you!
  2. Do you ever get a rash from sweating in those private areas? Use CORN STARCH. My Mother n Law had a serious yeast infection under her tummy fold......RXs didn't help! I put her in the shower, washed area well with soap & water, pat dry, lay her on bed under ceiling fan (dry well) then with a powder puff....Pat the Corn Starch on! She was amazed, in 2 days was feeling better, looking better & SMELLED a lot better!!! Great for babies diaper rash too! Hope this tip is of help..... I love your Tips! THANK YOU KAT
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  5. Love this post, I'm guilty of most of these! I also dilute our juice because I think it's better for my little boy that way and it lasts longer!