Are you stressed about finances? Looking for advice on how to save money? Below are a few tips that can help trim your family’s budget.
While it might not seem like much at the moment, over time, it could equal hundreds of dollars in savings.
This could help build your child’s college fund, pay for braces, or allow you to splurge on a weekend family getaway.
When you are on a budget you want to make sure every cent and penny works hard for you. To stretch your money as far as you can.
These quick frugal tips will do just that.
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1. Hang Clothes To Dry, Instead Of Using The Dryer
You have probably heard this tip before. However, you might not have realized how much you can truly save.
Depending on where you live, running the clothes dryer could cost you up to $0.75 or more per a load of electricity. Over a month, that could mean roughly 20 dollars or more per family.
It can soon add up!
If you have a backyard, and if the weather is right, consider investing in a backyard clothesline.
If space allows, purchase an indoor clothesline. There are many choices to choose from, such as
Obviously, this does require some extra effort on your part. And, there are some cases where it is just not feasible because of the time involves.
But, even if your air dries just half of your laundry loads, you will save some extra cash each month.
I have not had a dryer for over 10 years now. I dry my clothes outside all year round, weather permitting. And when the weather doesn’t permit, I dry indoors.
I hang shirts and trousers on hangers in a doorway, they dry so much faster this way. Just remember to have an open window nearby to keep the air flowing.
And mind your head and back when you want to walk through that doorway!
Essential products to help you live frugally
Frugal folk know the value of having the right tools to help them save money. These are all essentials in my book. They will pay for them selves in the savings you will make in a matter of months.
Contigo Snapseal Insulated Travel Mug
Insulated travel mug. Brew your own coffee (or tea) and take it with you. The no.1 gadget every frugal person has. Get your own and save money every single day.
Wool Dryer Balls - Natural Fabric Softener, Reusable, Reduces Clothing Wrinkles and Saves Drying Time
An eco-friendly and frugal alternative to dryer sheets. Can reduce your appliance usage and electricity bills by shortening drying time up to 25%.
Aucma Stand Mixer,6.5-QT 660W 6-Speed Tilt-Head Food Mixer
Cooking at home saves you so much money. A kitchen mixer is an essential tool in your frugal kitchen to make delicious meals, breads and snacks. Worth it's weight in gold!
4-arm Rotary Outdoor Umbrella Drying Rack Clothes Dryer Clothesline
Dry clothes outside when the weather is fair and save money. Line drying reduces creases, saves money (no dryer costs) and helps clothes last longer.
Power Strip with 8 Ft, POWLIGHT Surge Protector with 12 AC Outlets and 4 USB Ports
Organize all your electronic wires in one place so you can turn them off and save electricity. Don't use standby!. Protect your gadgets from power surges with this surge protector power strip.
Modern Water Bottle with Straw Lid Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Metal Thermos
Keep cold drinks cold and save money by taking them with you from home. A frugal must for everyone wanting to save money.
2. Frequent The Library
Your taxes pay for your local library; take advantage of it!
This not only means borrowing books and DVDs, but you can also find free entertainment for your kids, such as story-time, music programs, and more.
In most libraries, you can even check out magazines, which can save you the cost of a magazine subscription.
Some libraries will even let you borrow a kill-a-watt meter, which detects how much electricity the appliances in your home consume. Unfortunately not mine but I would definitely take advantage of this if yours does.
For the worst frugal lliving tips you don’t want to try, check out this post!
3. Mix Powdered Milk With Regular Milk
Okay, this tip is not for everyone. But, if milk prices have hurt your budget, it is something to consider.
I have used powdered milk instead of regular when a recipe calls for milk or cream. When using it as a cream replacement, just make the powdered milk mixture that much thicker – works a treat.
And the family never notice!
With powdered milk costing less than fresh milk (especially generic brands) this could translate to several dollars in savings per month.
You can even buy
Read this article here on the Hillbilly Housewife website for more tips.
For more frugal help around the home then you may want to read my post on frugal homemaking.
And if you want homemaking secrets then this post on how to become a homemaker could be your jam.
4. Use FreeCycle
Freecycle is an online network where you can find free items such as used kid’s clothing, furniture, and more.
If you live in or near a large city, there is probably a group in your area. Visit the freecycle website for more details.
Freegle is another free stuff website. Many local Facebook Marketplace groups also have items listed as free to a good home and the like.
5. Join Frugal Living Message Boards
Frugal forums can help you find support for living frugally, provide additional tips, and even make online friends.
You can ask for advice on just about anything for living frugally.
When I first started out trying to live more frugally and save money I frequented frugal forums constantly! I picked up so many tips, ideas and fun hacks from people who had already used them successfully.
Even better they showed how to use these hacks and the problems they came up against. Frugal forums were also where I found out about the best frugal living books to read.
These 4 are my favorites and I recommend everyone reads them. You may be able to get them from your library or as a used book from Amazon.
Best books to help you live frugally and save money
These books will help you learn more about frugal living and saving money. Packed with actionable advice and creative ways to save money.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle
My number 1 all time favorite book that has SO MANY helpful tips that stand the test of time.
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money
My favorite book that helped me build my money mindset.
Six Dollar Family: From Six Dollars to Six Figures
The best tips from a family who went from totally broke to six figures.
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
A very calming book that helps you (re)focus on what stuff is important in your life.
For more frugal living tips these posts will help:
15 Best Frugal Living Tips From The Great Depression To Use Today
18 Frugal Home Must Haves To Save Money
9 Habits of Frugal People Who Stay Debt Free
For more help in being the best frugalista you can be, why not enroll in the frugal foundations course?
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Last Updated on 4th April 2023 by Emma