What’s the easiest frugal thing you do?
I’ve been watching my blog stats for a while, and I’ve noticed a trend in the search terms people use when they land on my blog. I get a lot of hits for “being frugal.” I’m assuming not everyone who searches for “being frugal” is looking specifically for my blog. I also get a lot of hits for “how to be frugal” and “how to live frugally.” I even had a person find my blog by searching for “how to live frugal and love it.”
Since so many people come to my blog looking for help in how to be frugal, I thought I’d dedicate a post to easy frugality. What’s the easiest frugal thing you do? I’d love to have a lot of reader input on this one. So hit me with the best easy, frugal tips you have! I’ll start off with a few to get the creative, frugal juices going.
- I wash all of my laundry except for sheets and towels in cold water. It cleans just as well as hot, and it saves on the gas bill.
- I don’t shop for fun. I used to shop for fun when my daughter was a baby, and I spent a lot of extra money, too. Now I plan all shopping trips. I make more stops each time I go into town, and this saves money in a couple of ways. First, it saves on gas for the car. Second, when I have to make more stops, I have less time to browse. Les browsing means fewer unplanned purchases.
- I use compact fluorescent light bulbs, and I buy them on sale. I picked up a bunch of compact fluorescent light bulbs on sale at Fred Meyer a few weeks ago, and now every light bulb in my house is energy efficient. It’s actually easier than using a regular light bulb because you don’t have to change them as often. If you’re not sure you’re ready to make the switch, try them on your outside light fixtures first. You know you hate to change the porch light anyway. :)
Now that I’ve started you off, I would love for you, my readers, to weigh in. What are your easiest frugal tips? Let's help those who want to be frugal, who may not know where to start! If I get lots tips in the comments, I’ll write a follow-up post listing some (or all, if it’s feasible) of your ideas!