Sometimes I think I must not be the sharpest knife in the drawer. There are many hints and ideas that it has taken me years to learn. Some days I am doing something, and BOOM I get this brainstorm! LOL
I then stand there and shake my head and wonder why did that not come to me years ago.
I am always learning. Here are a few ideas I have come across over the years that seems to make my life a little more frugal, or so it seems.
NOW is the time to ASK for those special gadgets you have been wanting. Crockpots, Instant Pots, bread makers, vacuum sealers, canners, etc.. Maybe just maybe - Santa will bring it to you!
Also check thrift stores and-or yard sales for those gadgets. So many people HAVE to have the latest greatest new craze in gadgets and then they don't use them. You can often find them for pennies on the dollar. The biggest non-used item people sell cheaply and buy expensively is exercise equipment. You tend to see it every where.
Get your FREE items whenever possible. Check out Bath and Body Works - they often have coupons for FREE items. Keep for yourself or gift. Victoria Secret has a FREE panty program. Crazy Kroger days (and maybe affiliates) have FREE downloads for Fridays. Items can be received for nothing! Sign up for WalMart freebies - I used to get lots of free samples from them.
Along these lines - REMEMBER if you love an item or hate an item - let the company know!
They may send you coupons or free products. They want your feedback. There is generally a website address or toll free number on most products.
I hate being cold. I also hate shoes! I wear socks in the winter, but I still get cold. NO I don't want to turn the heat up. We all know to layer clothing and bedding to help. I have finally learned that house shoes warm my feet in no time and then the rest of me stays warm.
We lose much heat from heads and feet. Hats keep your head (thus you) warm outside and slippers keeps you warmer inside.
We all get to the end of condiments in bottle and there is such a bit in the bottom - it doesn't seem to come out. Things like ketchup, BBQ sauce, spicy mustard, etc. - add some water to the bottom of the jar. Swish. It is great to use in jazzing up your cooking. No it probably won't work over fries or on a sandwich - but it extends the product and makes great seasoning. NO waste.
Make sure you STOCK UP when you find great deals on seasonal sales. Odds are you won't find the same prices for 'at least' another year (and then who knows) - so if at all possible with finances and space - stock up for a year.
Figure out how many pasta, canned good, etc. you use a week or month and multiply to have enough of a cheaply priced item for the year. Prices are bound to go up and this is just like money in the bank.
I used to use a Tea Pot (brand name) to make my tea for iced tea. It quit after years, so I went back to brewing tea on the stove. We neither one was happy with it. One day a light bulb went off - use the coffee pot!
I place my tea bags in the 'coffee' holder and fill the pot with water and run through a total of three pots - then add plain water to my jug. (I make a gallon at a time). It is quick and works like a charm.
The coffee pot is for more than coffee!
Many times sponges, scrubbers (store bought) or even Magic Erasers are kind of big for most hands. Cut them into the perfect size pieces. I like to cut into fourths and they work great. I tend to have to purchase less often. It seems any time I have used a Magic Eraser, most of it is actually wasted and melts away. No sense is just throwing money/product away.
I have many loofas that my Dad actually grew many, many years ago. (He passed in 1984). I cut them into 3"-4" lengths and they last forever. You can buy them at a lot of places - cut them and have more than one. These are great for bath and kitchen chores.
Think about getting inexpensive wash cloths (same color so different from others) and use as every day napkins or purchase cheap bandanas for napkins. You can get different color sets for different occasions. Darker colors are great as they don't show stains!!!
Lastly - utilize, utilize, utilize the library. Books, movies, music - it's entertainment and educational items all for FREE!! I realize computers offer a world of information - but there is just something about going to the library and wondering the aisles. You find things you didn't even know you might be interested in.
Not everyone gets cable or Netflix (or other services) as they do cost. You can get movies/videos at the library, video games, and so much more. ALL FOR FREE
No better deal any where!
I hope this gives you something to think about. What are some of your "DUH" ideas that hit you like a bucket of bricks????? LOL
We all need new tricks!