101 Frugal Living Tips You Need to Know

101 Frugal Living Ideas to Improve Your Life
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I have been a queen of frugal living for many years, not always out of need or necessity, but more because I believe in embracing simple abundance, not being wasteful, and actually enjoying a more simple, uncomplicated life. My mother has teased me that I can squeeze a penny 'til Lincoln screams ;), but not in “miserly” way. In fact, I can afford to be much more generous with others because I am skilled at living efficiently. I love to reuse, up-cycle, and live creatively. It adds a depth to daily life and keeps me appreciative of the goodness of simple things.

What follows are 101 of my best frugal living tips arranged by topic. I hope you will find some ideas here that help you save not only money, but time and energy as well. I will also share ideas that will not only help you save money, but earn more money. This hub is huge so you're going to want to bookmark it and maybe even print it for future reference!

Groceries / Kitchen

A lot of waste goes on in households when it comes to groceries and poor eating habits. Here is how we cut down on our bills every year.

Invest in certain items up-front that save you money in the long run.

  • A food dehydrator is an excellent investment. It allows you to make your own snacks like dried fruits, jerky, and more. It also helps in the preservation of food from the garden like “sun dried” tomatoes which will be good for several months, are flavorful, and nutritious.
  • A Crock-pot or slow cooker. Use this in the summer to reduce electricity consumption if you have an electric stove. This also works great all year allowing you to throw meals together in the morning and have them ready when you return home. Crock-pot meals can be made ahead, frozen, and then tossed in on low for easy, healthy home cooked meals on busy nights.
  • Green Bags for produce are a life-saver – literally. These bags are inexpensive, but effective. Find them in a dollar store for a few bucks and they will double the life of your produce, bread, and cheese. This is especially true if you use them in addition to proper humidity control settings on your refrigerator.
  • A deep freezer is a great investment if you have the room. You can throw together frozen meal packets that can be quickly thrown in the oven. You can also buy more items when they are on sale like veggies, meats etc. and freeze them for later use.
  • Plastic storage containers and bins can help keep dried goods fresh longer. Flours, sugars, rice, grains, cereal, beans, and more can be stored in plastic bins or containers with air-tight seals. It keeps pests out, ensures dried goods don't get moisture in them, and keeps items more flavorful.
  • A food processor is a great tool to have on hand when you need to cut time spent in the kitchen. A food processor can allow you to chop a lot of vegetables ahead which you can then store for ease of use. Never buy pre-cut/chopped produce. You pay at least 3x's as much for it when you can easily do this yourself, quickly with the proper tools.
  • Bread Machines are a great way to cut time and expense. Avoid store bought mixes and create breads from scratch. Recipes abound online. A machine does the work for you so that you can attend to other things.

Grocery Shopping Tips

  • Be careful with coupons as it encourages you to buy products you don't need or would not otherwise normally use. I know due to the popularity of “extreme couponing” this idea is not popular, however coupons should be used rarely and only on items you already purchase and need.
  • Shop in your own backyard, or patio, or windowsill. Grow your own as much as possible. Store bought produce is outrageous and full of pesticides. It isn't fresh and therefore the nutritional value is greatly reduced. Even people who live in small places can grow plants in containers. Tomatoes, Peppers, and many herbs are very easy to grow in containers and can provide enough produce to can, freeze, or dry for later use. If you have room for a garden, consider an organic straw bale garden which is easy to start and maintain. The bales from previous years can be used as free compost for the following growing season. Get more information here.
  • If you buy produce, buy it fresh and local. In most areas, you will get a better deal at roadside stands than you will ever get at a supermarket. Purchase fresh and can, freeze, or otherwise store extra for the winter months.
  • If you can't purchase fresh, buy frozen and not canned. Frozen vegetables are more nutritious and better for your health.
  • Never use price as an excuse to engage in bad eating behaviors. That junk food you're saving money on now is going to cost you ultimately. Poor health leads to lost wages, medical expenses, and sometimes even financial ruin. Consider how your choices today are likely to affect you tomorrow.
  • Buy ingredients in bulk only if you can actually use them before they go bad. It does no good to buy a 30 lb bag of flour if you can't use it before it eventually spoils. Consider your actual needs – not just the price. Wasted food is wasted money.
  • Keep an inventory of what you have on hand to avoid waste and easily see what you need. This helps avoid over-purchasing. Sometimes it's hard to see the back of the pantry or freezer. Keeping an inventory will prevent waste and excess spending.
  • Consider programs like co-ops. You save money by buying in a large group once per month. Angel Food Ministries unfortunately shut down in September 2011, however many communities do have cooperatives. The downside is that there isn't usually much variety, you get what is in season or on sale, but it can be a great way to stock a freezer and you can also trade with family or other group members.
  • Some bigger chains do have good sales and promotions. One local chain here that tends to be pricey does weekly “10 for $10” sales. If you buy only the sale items and get the remainder of your groceries in a less expensive location, you can save money. Their hope is you'll not go to another store and will pay higher prices for everything else for convenience sake.

The Nesco food dehydrator is amazing for the price. It has adjustable temperatures so you can dehydrate anything from jerky to fruit snacks and get it right. I also love that you don't have to stop and rotate trays constantly like I had to with my old one.

Effective Stockpiling

For those whose work is seasonal or who just want to be prepared for lean times, stockpiling, when done correctly can work very well for saving money.

  • Stockpiling is not the same as hoarding! Your stockpile should consist of needed items your family will actually use within one year. You don't need a warehouse full of toilet paper because it is on sale, that is a waste of money and space. It takes time, space, and resources to save your stockpiled items so use good sense when starting and maintaining one.
  • If you stockpile, keep a running list of inventory and cross off what you use and add.
  • You may use several areas in your home, or just one for storing stockpiled items. The key to success is a running inventory and knowing what goes where. Use good labeling and records. An easy way to do this is keep a clipboard with an inventory sheet pinned up in storage closets and pantries. A quick look at the sheet will tell you what you need before a weekly shopping trip.
  • Even small homes can practice stockpiling. Store items in under bed storage bags, in the pantry, etc. the key is knowing all your areas and what is kept where.
  • Use a set amount of money, like $20 per month to add to your stockpile for lean times. Ideas of things to stockpile (on sale!) are toothpaste, deodorant, hairspray, shampoo, toilet paper, ingredients for cleaning products and homemade laundry detergent, and batteries (but they will go bad after a year usually, so use sparingly)

Make It Yourself

Make it yourself doesn't apply only to food. There are many items you are wasting your money on that are completely unnecessary and may even be harming you.

  • You do not need 18 bottles of different cleansers to keep your home clean and sanitized. In fact, doing so may be increasing your risk of breast cancer, lung diseases, and exposure to antibiotic resistant infections. Learn how to make your own cleaners that actually work.
  • Laundry detergent is a huge racket. We make our own for an initial investment of approximately $30 for a full years supply. This is for a family of four with a teenage boy, a toddler, and a handyman husband. It works on all clothes and dissolves fully in cold water. You only need 1 Tbsp per load – seriously. We've been conditioned to believe we need expensive detergents to make our clothes clean. This is simply untrue. Here's our recipe – use it and love it too!
  • Soap! Make your own soap. Learning to make soap is fun. I have a hub on making soap in a crock-pot. The initial investment is a little pricey. It will take $30-40 for a 3lb batch. This will yield dozens of bars of soap however that is longer lasting and much better for your skin than store-bought. Yes, you can buy soap for $1 a bar or so – but it isn't this high quality and it will dissolve quickly. Homemade soap bars last a long time. One batch should give you soap for a year or more.
  • Conditioners – again make your own. You don't need and will not benefit from pricey hair conditioners. You can get shiny, healthy hair at home for a fraction of the cost of a bottle of salon conditioner. Bonus, no chemicals to strip your color or leave a nasty buildup.
  • Beauty treatments are another area where we lose a lot of money. You can make your own scrubs for next to nothing as well as your own moisturizers that are alcohol and chemical free. Did you know lotions and creams that add alcohol and other chemicals actually keep your skin chronically dried out so you have to use more of their products? Now you know. Use homemade!
  • Get a jar of extra virgin coconut oil – this is an excellent beauty treatment for hair, the face, and even your teeth! It can be used to create a homemade conditioner, as a skin treatment either in soap or by just applying a bit to your face as a deep moisturizer. You can also mix it with a bit of sugar and salt to create a gentle exfoliating scrub. Coconut oil can also help you prevent and reverse tooth decay and whiten your teeth.

Save Energy

  • Invest in good curtains. Insulated, light blocking curtains can help keep your home cooler in the summer and will hold heat in during the winter. Use these in bedrooms and other areas you can zone off during the day. This will reduce energy consumption and save you a lot of money on your heating/cooling bills.
  • Seal your foundation every year, block cracks and crevices around baseboards and windowsills and if needed, seal older windows to help avoid heat/cold loss. This is inexpensive to do and saves money
  • Make homemade draft blockers for the bottoms of your doors with thin pool noodles or insulating foam strips. Cut the foam almost in half, slide under the door and it will wrap around the bottom. Cut to fit. You'll be amazed at how much this cuts down on energy bills. You can make them more appealing by sewing them into cute covers that match your décor. Another alternative is to sew homemade bean bags that are the length of the door and keep them in front, but it's more effective to create one that stays attached to the door.
  • CFL bulbs or LED lighting. This is one of those areas where you spend more up front, but over time you save a lot of money. The only places you shouldn't use a CFL are in rooms where you go quickly in and out, like bathrooms, closets or pantries. The rapid off and on greatly reduces the life of these bulbs. Use them in places where you tend to have the lights on for longer periods of time.
  • Buy an inexpensive cleaning brush and use it every couple of months in the dryer lint trap and on the rear refrigerator coils. This extends the life of your appliances and also helps them run more efficiently.
  • When replacing appliances and electronics, look for energy efficient items with the energy star seal. Maintain all appliances regularly to keep them efficient. This is true for everything from TV's and computers to refrigerators and washing machines.
  • Unplug items when you are not using them and shut down computers completely at night. This will save a lot of electricity over time – up to 10% a year.
  • Practice zone heating and cooling in your home when possible. Heating and cooling only the main living areas during the day, switching over to bedrooms at night. Adjust thermostats in areas that are not in use.

Light blocking thermal curtains are a bit of an investment, but they pay for themselves easily in a few months. This has really cut down on our energy consumption in both summer and winter. Our bedrooms have large, south facing windows. By blocking out the light during the day time, we are able to keep the upstairs much cooler.

Clothes and Accessories

If you have small children start a clothing exchange with a group of other moms in your family, church, etc. Most kids outgrow their clothes before they are extremely worn. An exchange group can keep kids dressed for free.

Shop at consignment stores like “Once Upon a Child” where you can trade in gently used clothes and other items for store credit, which you can then use to buy other gently used items. It's a great way to save money and find a wider variety of items. There are often consignment shows for adults that work in similar fashion.

Thrift Stores and yard sales are a great way to not only purchase clothes for today, but also next size/season up. I have purchased a lot of great clothes at yard sales that I later was able to exchange with friends in our group.

Thrift stores are great places to find bags, scarves, shoes and even jewelry. Accessories are fun to find and can be re-purposed into something uniquely your own.


  • Start a meet-up or group in your area to swap coupons, share knitting supplies, or whatever other idea you can come up with. This provides fellowship with like minds and is free to do via websites like that are interest based. Already belong to a church or community group? Start a hobby group and gather together to share knowledge and even supplies. Shared knowledge is always a great value and most of us love to give and share freely. Interest groups are inexpensive and provide for our mental health as well as give us an outlet to share.
  • Decoupage and paper crafts are very inexpensive and there are tons of places online to get free printables and other ideas. Pinterest is great for this. If you aren't pinning yet – you should start! Not only can you find great projects and information, you can use it as a sort of vision board to set goals and even keep recipes!

  • Homemade paper is easy to make and a great way to use shredded paper scraps, paper bags, dryer lint and other items you would otherwise throw in the trash. Homemade paper can then be used in other crafting projects.

  • Use yarn remnants for socks or scarves by blending them with a ball of neutral yarn. A great way to reduce waste and get more for your money.

  • Use your own backyard. Flowers and other foliage can be arranged into great projects. Use brightly colored flowers and create beautiful artworks and wall hangings with pressing or flower pounding where you transfer the pigments into white cotton cloth.

  • Live near the ocean? Collect seashells and create everything from custom picture frames and mirrors to jewelry.

  • Flea market finds, Craigslist Freebies and even Big Trash Day in your community can be a great way to find free and inexpensive things to upcycle. Ideas abound on the internet. I have seen beautiful things made from wood pallets, old silverware and even broken dishes.

  • Purchase craft supplies on eBay. I have found tons of great craft supplies inexpensively via eBay over local craft stores. If you make handmade things that are simply amazing, sell some of your work for extra cash on sites like Etsy.

  • Reconsider your TV habits. This could be a whole hub in and of itself, but TV is a great time and energy zapper. Cable is expensive. Our solution? We purchased a Roku unit which is a little wireless box that you can use to stream video on your TV. We purchased the 8.99 monthly plan from Netflix which means we watch on-demand TV with no commercials. There is plenty of variety on Netflix and there are many free Roku channels as well. 8.99 per month for all the TV you could want, but we find we watch it less and spend the bulk of our time doing other things.

  • Use your local library! There is no greater resource for reading, learning, and even watching free videos. Libraries are a lot of fun and they instill a love of learning in children when you make it a regular routine.

Don't Throw it Away!

  • Ask yourself before you toss something in the trash mindlessly – is there something else I can do with this? Our landfills are becoming a problem, and many times it's due to mindless waste. Recycle or reuse whenever possible – it will save you money. Everything from eggshells to dryer lint and even coffee grounds can be reused. It's true!
  • Eggshells when broken up very fine are great in the garden around plants. They provide needed nutrients and also deter bugs. Dryer lint can be used in clay and homemade paper. Coffee grounds can be used to exfoliate the skin and reduce cellulite, feed roses and other garden plants and much more. See Ten Fun and Useful Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds.
  • If you have room, start a compost pile. It is a great way to turn your trash into lush fertilizer that will make your garden amazing.
  • Use Freecycle. Freecycle is a great way to pass on your gently used goods that you no longer need. You can also find items you do need for free. The whole premise is to keep things out of landfills. Go to and see if there is a group in your community. If not, consider starting one.

Protect Your Health

What does eating right and exercise have to do with frugal living? A lot actually. Medical bills are expensive, and many of the diseases and disorders that plague most Americans come directly from a lack of exercise and a poor quality Western diet of fast food, precious little fiber, and a lot of preservatives, dyes, and other garbage. The body is not made to process the types of junk we regularly consume. The result - diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other often preventable ailments that are the source of financial ruin for many families. Even if you are insured, medical expenses still pile up with co-pays. Here are 101 Ways to be more active – all are free or very inexpensive. :)

Regular exercise will GIVE you energy and mental clarity – something all of us can use more of right? Exercise can be done for free in the home. Dance with the kids, invest in a treadmill or Elliptical machine and use it daily. If you buy the machine and its in your home you are more likely to use it. There are a million ways to talk yourself out of going to the gym. Don't want expensive machines? Get a set of dumbbells, resistance bands, etc. and add more movement into your day. Your wallet and your mind/body will thank you for it. You'll enjoy your life and your family more when you have energy and time to spare because you made yourself a priority. You'll have money to spare also if you do all you can to work against preventable illnesses.

Don't smoke and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, not only for health reasons, but for the sheer expense of maintaining these bad habits.

Invest in a proper multivitamin to fill in the blanks of your diet. Store bought cheap vitamins only result in expensive urine because the body cannot absorb them properly. A whole foods vitamin like Alive brands work very well. They are more expensive than big box store brands, but they are still reasonable. Purchase online at Amazon rather than in health food stores for even bigger savings.

Don't wait until you're sick to see the doctor. Make regular checkups like mammograms, paps, and general wellness checkups a part of your yearly or bi-yearly routine. Do this in addition to developing healthier living habits to save money and improve your quality of life. Prevention is always less expensive than intervention.

Things to Purchase Online to Save Money

Amazon Prime is a great program. If you happen to be a student you can get it half price. Otherwise, it's 79.00 per year, but can still be a worthwhile investment. For me, it works well because I run a home business, and live in an old house that we are always fixing up. I can purchase my supplies for less than in the store, with no sales tax and no shipping fees. For big ticket items, like my new whole house air conditioning unit I purchased last year - this really ads up.

Prime is also convenient for those of us who live in more rural locations. Online shopping also allows you the luxury of research, seeing a wider variety of items, and not having to spend time and gas money going from store to store.

Things I Purchase Online to Save Money

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Books and Games – especially Textbooks
  • Craft Supplies
  • Home Improvement Items (tools, tile, flooring, wallpaper etc)
  • Furniture
  • Bulk Grocery Items (I'm gluten free and online is the best resource for GF staples and other specialty items)
  • Rechargeable Batteries

My favorite places to visit online are Amazon, eBay and Craigslist.

For Home Improvement projects Amazon and Craigslist have been life savers. Also, look for a Habitat for Humanity store in your area. You can purchase building materials and household goods for a fraction of the retail price. All items are new or very gently used – no junk. Each store is different and many are only open a few hours one day a week. Call your local one for more information. I have done better purchasing online or through the Habitat store for nearly every single home improvement project.

I love beads and jewelry. I get great deals on these types of supplies on eBay. There can be junk there too, so take your time and carefully review your sellers feedback.

Retailers I Love

  • Look for mom and pop shops to support when possible. We have a local grocer who carries a lot of items for the same or better prices than Aldi's. I frequent their store to give back to my local community. That doesn't mean I don't use chains, however I tend to avoid big box stores that are not as cheap as they proclaim and who tend to destroy small businesses wherever they spring up.
  • Aldi's is a great chain store for basic staples. They have great prices on milk, soy milk, produce, cereals and coffee to name a few. Yes, they carry a lot of prepackaged foods that aren't the best for you, but they also have lower prices on staples than most other places. Ruler foods is another similar chain that is owned by Kroger.
  • Local health food stores tend to be pricey on many things, but one area they have an advantage is bulk herbs. If you cook a lot and love to make your own spice blends, I recommend searching out a local nutrition store that carries bulk herbs. You will save a LOT of money buying them this way.
  • Dollar General is a great chain because they are a discount retailer that still takes coupons. I find all sorts of personal goods like feminine products, hairspray, paper products and more for less than the local big box store.
  • Deals or Dollar Tree are perfect for gift bags, balloons, part supplies, craft supplies, hair clips and ties, and other odds and ends. A gift bag here may cost 50 cents to a dollar where other stores charge twice as much or more. Avoid dollar store batteries however as those brands do not last as long.

Things to Find at Yard Sales, Rummage Sales and Flea Markets

Springtime can be a great opportunity for finding great buys as yard sale and rummage sale seasons begin. Many towns have community yard sales on the same day and often churches hold large rummage sales. Going to these larger events insures variety. With these sales the early bird catches the worm, arrive early but not before the scheduled time. Most sellers don't like it when you show up before their sale time trying to haggle. Be patient and courteous.

Look For the Following at Yard/Rummage Sales

  • Toys and Games
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Décor Items
  • Linens
  • Curtains
  • Craft Supplies
  • Books
  • CD's
  • Antiques and Collectibles

Gifts and Luxuries

Yes we all love gifts and luxuries. When considering a gift for yourself always put your money towards an experience over a trinket. Why? Experiences are the spice of life. People will remember an experience a lot longer than they will remember an item. What would you rather have an object or say a day trip to a new location or even a session with a massage therapist? Consider luxuries and save up for meaningful treats for yourself and your family – you work hard and you deserve them.

Homemade gifts are not “cheap” and are often very appreciated. A couple of years ago I created homemade spice blends and placed them in baskets with a nice cutting board, set of dishcloths, basting brushes, and oven mitts. I bought all of the contents of the baskets on sale earlier in the year except for the herbs. I bought those from a local shop in bulk (less expensive and fresher) placed them into dollar store containers with custom labels. People flipped for these baskets and they are still talking about them. Each basket was approximately $20 in materials.

Meaningful homemade gifts that people will actually cherish and enjoy are preferable to cheap store bought gifts that have no real love or creativity behind them. Crochet hats and scarves, restore old photos and frame them, scan old photos and upload them to a digital frame (buy online earlier in the year). Use free software like Windows Movie Maker to arrange a photo slide show and burn it to a DVD. All of these things can help you give meaningful birthday and holiday gifts that people will cherish.

Finally... whew - It's all in the Attitude!

I am a firm believer in “law of attraction”, because I have seen how it has worked both for me and against me in my life. When we approach frugal living from a poverty mindset (sacrifice, going without) it can set us up for failure. When we believe we are broke, don't have enough, money is hard to come by etc. those things become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We get into the mindset of scraping by, barely making it, a step away from ruin, instability – and guess what follows?

That being said, when frugal living is approached as a personal challenge, an accomplishment – it makes you feel good and that in turn frees up more resources and helps you live more abundantly. You begin to appreciate what you have. It becomes fun to find new uses for things and to find new ways to save – almost like a game.

Rather than focusing on what you don't want – more debt, bills, etc. Focus on what you do want – to be organized, in control of your own destiny, and at peace. Start thinking in new ways. Plan out ideas that will help you attract and make more money. This comes from an abundance mindset – not poverty.

Start with $50 ideas. This is a doable goal and something almost any of us can do quickly with very little effort. Sit down and brainstorm what you can do today to draw in an extra $50 in income. Perhaps you are savvy at sewing – offer to do some alterations for someone. Maybe you have tons of things in your home you aren't using anymore. Have a garage sale or sell some items at a consignment shop. Use your creativity to come up with an idea to make fifty extra dollars in one week. It is a doable goal. What happens is when you actually accomplish it is you become motivated to continue doing it. This can lead to very profitable sideline businesses. Why? Because you challenged yourself to think creatively, were proactive and abundance followed.

Successful frugal living is ALL about attitude first and knowledge second. Hopefully this hub has given you many great new ideas on ways to both save money and attract more genuine prosperity into your life.

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ChristinS 6 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks so much rose, appreciate the read and comment.

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ChristinS 6 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the read and comment Sparrow, glad it inspired you.

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ChristinS 6 months ago from Midwest Author

Yep, gardens are a great alternative to pricey produce aisles, and much fresher :)

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roselinsojan 6 months ago from India,Kerala.

Great hub.saving money,I enjoyed this hub .

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Sparrowlet 6 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

So many great ideas, Christin! Thank-you for taking the time (must have been a lot!) to put these tips and suggestions together. Some of these I already do, but you've inspired me to reach the next level. Great hub!

nomadspirit 6 months ago

"Shop in your own backyard," LOVE it. I live in NYC, and actually tried this one summer. BEST TASTING summer ever.

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ChristinS 10 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the read and comment Rota - isn't soap making fun? and people love the handmade stuff so it makes great holiday gifts too :)

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Rota 10 months ago

Fantastic hub. I love your point about not saving by buying junk u will ultimately pay with your health. As for soap-making I've recently started making my own. Much more natural.

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ChristinS 14 months ago from Midwest Author

It depends on the vitamin Marlo - most of your name brand vitamins are not good quality and don't absorb properly - so in that instance it doesn't matter what you are spending if you aren't getting the benefits. It's better to spend a bit more for high quality vitamins that work - and can help protect your health, than ones that mostly filter out through your urine.

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MarloByDesign 14 months ago from United States

Great Hub! Regarding your comments on vitamin purchases, I buy BOGO Free name brand vitamins - coupled with using coupons - and feel like that saves me money AND I am getting a good brand. Your thoughts?

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ChristinS 16 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks credit - I'll take that as you enjoyed the hub :) I appreciate the read and comment.

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creditcomedy 16 months ago

The only word I have to say is WOW!!!

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ChristinS 16 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks so much for the read and positive feedback Kathleen. It means so much when people take time out to do so. So glad you have found good use from it.

KathleenC. 16 months ago

First, let me applaud you for taking your time to publish this list. You have inspired me to look at things in new ways. So many useful suggestions. Thank you for your generosity. You are awesome.

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ChristinS 19 months ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Dwight - appreciate the read and comment. :)

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Dwight Phoenix 19 months ago from Jamaica

Great hub :)

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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Thanks Christin. That's what happens when you type fast in the comments and forget a few letters in a word. :-)

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ChristinS 19 months ago from Midwest Author

I hadn't even noticed typos Kristen :) no prob happens to the best of us.

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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I meant wonderful and wonder. Sorry for typo.

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ChristinS 19 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the read and comment Kristen so glad you enjoyed the hub. I do all my workouts from home so looking forward to your hub as well :)

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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

What a wonder frugal money-saving list. Way to go! Awesome tips. I'm working on free indoor (and some outdoor gym ideas hub) real soon. So I agree with you there. Some tips I'll keep in mind from here to save money elsewhere. Voted up!

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ChristinS 20 months ago from Midwest Author

Hi Aesta1, I understand trust me. It can be easy to slip back into old habits without due diligence. Fortunately though, you recognize it and can get back on the path strong. Best wishes.

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aesta1 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I am guilty of so much waste. We always over buy and so things get thrown out. I used to practice many of these things but have just gotten lazy. Time to take it seriously once more.

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ChristinS 20 months ago from Midwest Author

Thank you ArtDiva so glad you enjoyed the hub. I agree, when we start paying attention you can really see all the small ways that money just slips away.

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ArtDiva 20 months ago from Yountville, CA

This is some list. I've been living a little leaner these last many years out of necessity. You do live more frugally and discover where a lot of money is just dribbled away. Good article.

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ChristinS 20 months ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Audrey for the read and comment. Much appreciated :)

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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

Wow--what a great list!

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ChristinS 20 months ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Patsybell for the read and comment - glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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Patsybell 20 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

What a joy to see what I am doing right and what good new ideas I can add. Great read. ^+

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ChristinS 21 months ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Low Check Kian for the read and comments, glad you enjoyed the hub.

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Low Check Kian 21 months ago from Singapore

very good information and also very nice hub

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ChristinS 22 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Georgina - very good advice on checking the water meter regularly - slow leaks can really catch up when they go undetected.

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Georgina_writes 22 months ago from Dartmoor

Great article! Pleased to say I'm already doing a lot, but you've given me great ideas for more. My big bugbear is the coupons, as they're often for really poor quality, trashy food. Oh, and I'm a big fan of checking my water meter weekly, to see how much we're using and to check for otherwise undetected leaks! Rating and sharing.

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ChristinS 23 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Thrifty - glad you enjoyed the hub.

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Thrifty-fee 23 months ago

Hi ChristinS,

Great hub. I got some great advice to add to my passion for money-saving in life! Looking forward to reading more of your hubs!


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ChristinS 23 months ago from Midwest Author

Thank you cinderella, so glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate the read and comment.

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cinderella14 23 months ago from Philippines

I agree that we should practice frugal living at all times, most especially nowadays when the prices of prime commodities are soaring up high. I always see to it that we make most our of anything that we have. We are in the country where making money is difficult due to lack of opportunity in our place. This is a truly wonderful hub.

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ChristinS 23 months ago from Midwest Author

Ok then peach, thanks for stopping by and not reading the hub?

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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Add Your Commenthis is the longest hub i haf ever read, kudos for a great job and sorry, i don't have the patience in reading the whole hub, i just pick the important notes and read them

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ChristinS 23 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Bunny, definitely so many ways to use a dehydrator! great tool :)

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BunnyFabulous 23 months ago from Central Florida

Lots of great ideas to choose from. I love my dehydrator and make healthy fruit roll ups and other snacks. There are times where coupons can save us a lot of money on healthier items at the store as well when I don't have time to make my own.

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ChristinS 24 months ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Angie :)

Angie67 24 months ago from Dallas,TX

Wow! You have presented many great ideas. I am going to start tomorrow!

Laurie Crews 2 years ago

Ha Ha! Love the disclaimer! :) I am "turning over a new leaf" and I LOVE your suggestions. Can't wait to start....

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Yes, others have commented here that it works very well in HE machines. However you should always refer to your machine's directions

Laurie 2 years ago

I love the idea of making my own laundry detergent and soap! However, does your laundry detergent work well in HE machines?

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks cindy c. glad you enjoyed the hub.

cindy c. 2 years ago

i love all these ideas, thanks. It's amazing to think of all the money we waste on products that we can make ourselves.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks AngeShearer so glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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AngeShearer 2 years ago from Whangarei, Northland

OMG what a great hub!! Its very informative and I love that it comes with recipes that are not only better for you but cost effective thankyou sooo much for sharing I have bookmarked your page for further reference as I will be trying some of your great ideas xx

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RobertConnorIII 2 years ago from Michigan

Frugality takes time and effort - you will only save what you put in!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

thanks ambitious I'm glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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ambitious2000 2 years ago from Smyrna, TN

This is a great hub. We all forget about tools at our disposal

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

I love the crockpot :) especially in these hot summer months when I don't want to turn on the oven/stove. Thanks for reading and commenting aerospacefan - glad you enjoyed the hub.

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aerospacefan 2 years ago from Chicago

All excellent ideas and suggestions. I have been using a crockpot for YEARS by the way. I make a chicken and it lasts the entire week.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Hezekiah - glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

This is great information, even for those who are not on a tight budget.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Rosemarie :) It's kind of my passion and I'm so glad you found some useful tips in it - that means it's helping people as I intended :). Thanks so much for reading and commenting it means a lot.

Rosemarie Groner 2 years ago

I adore this! I blog about saving money and being frugal and I thought for sure that I wouldn't learn anything.... Pssshhhh... There were tons of ideas that I took away from this! Fantastic post! Thanks again!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the read and vote velzipmur much appreciated.

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velzipmur 2 years ago from Maryland

thank you so much for these tips, great hub voted up

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Paula :) Much appreciated. I find it fun also, I never have had the desire to spend too much for something.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Christin.....I knew there was a special reason I like you! Nothing like putting some effort into being "frugal" that impresses me more. I'm not able to understand why so many people don't find this very important.

I'm nearly obsessed with this. I find it FUN, because it really is a challenge and the results pay off---literally!

Another GREAT hub, Christin. Page ONE google material..Up+++

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Natalie. I don't happen to have an bread machine recipes that are gluten free that I find worthy enough to share unfortunately, but there are likely several on HubPages if you do a search. I know they have mixes in the store also, but honestly, I've yet to find a gluten free bread I really enjoy.

Natalie 2 years ago

Thank you for the great tips! Do you have any good gluten free bread machine recipes?

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Irene - glad you enjoyed the hub!

Irenebissou 2 years ago

So many great advises! Thank you. Voted up!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Vampsdes, glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks daborn, kids are expensive for sure. I never shopped in retail stores for mine when they were little because they grow so fast.

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Vampsdes 2 years ago from Missouri, US

These are excellent tips! I'm a bad about buying things on sale I don't really need. Great advice!

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daborn7 2 years ago from California

Wow! Great list! I definitely need to start being more frugal myself. I find myself living paycheck to paycheck despite not really having a lot of bills. Lol. I do have 5 children though, so I guess that has a lot to do with it. I think the most frugal thing I do is thrift shop. I can always find great deals on clothes and old furniture that can be refinished for the kids. Thanks for sharing :)

Jenny 2 years ago

Great ideas and a great philosophy behind them. Living frugally has allowed my husband and I to build a property portfolio worth over $2.5 million to work towards our dream of early retirement.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks mylinda glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Wonderful list, so thorough. I will use many of these ideas.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Raine - glad you enjoyed the hub.

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Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

Thanks for this very useful and well written hub. I'm going to try your washing power recipe.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

AJ, we live in a very rural community and where possible I support local shops and encourage others to also, however not everything can be bought locally, and not everyone can afford to buy everything locally. I appreciate your sentiment, but most of us do the best we can with what we have. Thanks for reading.

AJ 2 years ago

I love this. One hiccup though is in the mention of Amazon right next to favouring mom and pop shops. Amazon, like Walmart, undermines small businesses. We have made the decision to pay more and shop local. While they may not be the cheapest for our family, it's our investment in our community.

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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

Great ideas to save money. I like your hub. You did an excellent job. I like some of your ideas to try. For example, I need to unplugge the cords of the equipment. I do not use every day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts miss. Cristins.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

glad you enjoyed it raizhel :)

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raizhel 2 years ago

Wow! Anything I want to know on how to live frugally is in this post. From kitchen to gift.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the read, vote and share. You're so right - there are always ways to reuse and save money - not to mention the environment. Love the planter idea with the plastic tubs.

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Wow there are lots of useful tips in your article. When I read the first items in the first segment of your kitchen items, I have all those. I always try to find a use for something that I am or might throw away. I compost too...yep just put it in a hole in the ground. They used to sell cat litter in plastic buckets....I reused them for planters. You can also re-use your ziplock bags by washing them out and drying might have that in your hub already. There are lots of things you can do to save money.

Voted up, useful and awesome and interesting and am going to share it.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks marie :) glad you enjoyed it. I've always loved having the fresh veggies in the summer! Nothing like it :)

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marieloves 2 years ago from Canada

Holy moly! That is a lot of great advice!

I grew up with an urban vegetable garden in my backyard. My parents were such green thumbs and having accessible, fresh vegetables really helped us stay on a budget.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks deliberate :) always new things to learn when it comes to living simple. Glad you enjoyed the hub. the homemade laundry detergent is the BEST I've ever used and it lasts a very, very long time.

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Deliberate Writer 2 years ago from Oregon

WOW! Though I already knew many of these (and utilize them), I learned so many new ideas. I definitely need to try to make my own laundry detergent. I've kept putting it off, but I need to make the plunge. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Rozalyn - glad you found the hub useful :)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Torrs13 we love our homemade detergent - saves a ton of money and works amazingly well. Thanks for the read and feedback - glad you enjoyed the hub.

Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

Excellent work and very useful!

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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

So many amazing tips here! I also find Amazon Prime to be a money saver with all the different things I like to buy online. I never got into couponing but I will use one every now and again when it's or a product I use. I will have to check out the recipes detergent and other cleaners because buying the regular stuff is getting old!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks peeples - hope things are going well for you these days! :)

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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina

Oh how did I forget you were my go to hubber for frugal stuff!!! Great hub! Shared!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Vvitta so glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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Vvitta 2 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Love your article. These are the types of articles that i love to read. Informative and fun.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Lillian, glad you found it useful. I appreciate the feedback :)

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AuntLillian 2 years ago from Barre, VT

Great Hub! A lot of great ideas!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the great comments and the share Ruby - positive feedback is always very appreciated! Glad you found some new tips to try :)

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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

What a helpful list of frugal tips, I too reuse coffee grounds and egg shells, you gave me lots of other great tips to try. I am so sharing this page!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for reading and commenting erorantes, glad you enjoyed the hub.

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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

Hello miss. Chritin sander. I like your hub. 101 Frugal Living Tips You Need To Know. It is good writing on how to save money. I am glad. You wrote all these advices on how to be smart the way to spend and save money. I thank you for the article.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Cloverleaf - glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate the comments :). I never understood the whole extreme couponing stuff either.

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cloverleaffarm 2 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Love it! I so agree on the stockpile belief. I have watched those shows where they have SO much deodorant and toilet paper they could never use it all. I do not understand why they don't see they are wasting money. Wippee do that you paid only $6.00 for 600.00 worth of groceries. It's all stuff you didn't need.

Great hub! Loved the ideas. We share a lot of the same frugal living style.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

That's always a good plan Hiwaka and I hope it works out for you - thanks for reading and commenting.

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hiwaka 2 years ago

Nice tips there. I believe in leading a frugal life, but not an overly one. I'm currently in my 20's so I want to save as much as possible so that my money grows over the years,

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks gmwilliams - so glad you enjoyed the hub.

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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

I really found this hub to be informative. Being frugal can be fun and economically rewarding. A life of simple abundance is more freeing and less stressful both mentally, psychologically, psychically, and spiritually. Excellent hub, voted up!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Ravi glad you enjoyed it :) I appreciate the feedback and comment.

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ravi1991 2 years ago from Lucknow, India

Nice and well written hub !

Keep it up !

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you for the awesome positive feedback Stephanie - it means a lot :)

stephanie stewart 2 years ago

I already do a lot of your tips and they work very well for my family. There are a lot of new ones that I can't wait to try. Thanks so much for this article. Love it.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Petsku for reading and commenting - much appreciated :)

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Petsku 2 years ago

Great work.

There were some great new tips among these!

Stockpiling has actually become sort of an instinct for me whenever I see something extremely cheap. Even though some of my friends think it's silly.

And you're totally right about buying electronics online!

Some countries offer them for nearly half the price I'd get here, and I don't see a significant difference in for example. Solar power systems.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

thanks for the read and comments 101Ways much appreciated.

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101Ways2Life 2 years ago from Clean and Green New Zealand

Excellent tips Cristin. I am glad I came across this article. I am a big believer of frugal living, and I could take away so many things from this. Thanks.

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AOkay12 2 years ago from Florida

This hub excellent overall. You made a great point on using coupons. I get out of control sometimes on my spending, if I use coupons and sales.

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kgmonline 2 years ago from Czech Republic

These are great tips! Looking forward to applying some of them. :)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

You're welcome LisaT - definitely mindset is what makes frugal living successful. Good luck on your $50 projects :)

LisaT 2 years ago

The most helpful part to me was about how to adjust my attitude. I know your on to something there. Also, the 50.00 hobby. I have a creative streak in me and I love creating anything but I never know where to start. Now I have a point. THANKS!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Kerlund - glad you enjoyed it :) it's probably my favorite hub I've ever written.

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Amazing! Thank you for sharing this, I annoyed reading this hub. I pined it to my "great ideas pinboard" so I can check back when I need it. Voted up and shared:)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Zainab, so glad you found the hub useful. Enjoy your day :)

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Zainab Tarawali 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

Great Hub! This information is very useful. It's funny how we tend to overlook the simplest things that could take us a long way.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks amie :) glad you found the hub useful. I like it when my writing can help spark ideas and stuff :) Have a great day.

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amiebutchko 2 years ago from Warwick, NY

Really extensive hub with great ideas that I never thought of before! Very useful!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Shil for reading and commenting - so glad you enjoyed it.

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Shil1978 2 years ago

Comprehensive and useful, a must read really...! Thanks for sharing :)

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you B. Leekley I appreciate the support and sharing and especially the additional tips and wisdom :) Fortunately, a "side effect" with a lot of frugal living techniques is naturally being greener and reducing one's footprint.

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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, bookmarked, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

My wife and I already save money in many of the ways that you recommend, but I have gotten some new ideas from this hub and will be trying them. I like your advice about attitude, too.

You mentioned the form of cooperative or co-op that is a buying club in which some friends and neighbors buy food or whatever in bulk to save money. There are also several other types of cooperatives, such as a producers co-op, a retail store co-op, a cooperative insurance company, and a credit union. All are based upon the Rochdale Principles.

For apartment dwellers, consider helping to start and then renting a plot in a community garden.

This hub leads to at least three other topics -- generosity (what to do with the money to spare thanks to frugal living); getting debt-free (and thereby interest payments free), and how to contribute less to global warming and pollution and more to a healthy environment and sustainable economy—like, make and use a solar cooker; hang clothes to dry on a clothes line.

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VioletteRose 2 years ago

Very useful ideas, thank you!

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theeclecticmommy 2 years ago from The Ozarks

Awesome, thank you!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

thanks for reading and commenting cjarosz :) appreciated.

cjarosz 2 years ago

What an excellent list! Thank you for these tips! Will be putting them to use.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Funny you should mention that eclectic - I am in the process of putting together a kindle book that adds to and expands on these ideas. I'll post again when it's published.

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theeclecticmommy 2 years ago from The Ozarks

Do you by chance have a book with the complete list of frugal living ideas? Thanks!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

thanks payday glad you enjoyed the hub

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paydayreloan 2 years ago

Great Job thank you for Sharing your ideas

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

JPSO138 thanks so much for reading and commenting. I greatly appreciate your comment :)

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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

This hub should be read by everyone. I am sure many will be benefited by following your suggestions. Great hub!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Jan - so happy you enjoyed it. :) I don't have a Save-a-Lot near me anymore, but I remember going there where I lived before. At that time, it was really good on some bulk items. I'm considering joining Costco when they build one in my area. We have a huge, and i mean huge, dollar tree in a town not far from me. I go there all the time for odds and ends.

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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Wow, ChristinS, very extensive and useful information. I will have to com back to finish, but I love what I read already. I am an Aldi lover as well. I did a hub on grocery shopping for off brands and feature Aldi and Save-A-Lot. I also love Dollar Tree. I'm all about saving when I shop. I really appreciate the time you put into this hub. Up, useful, and awesome.

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Glad you loved it and found it useful Codebreak that's great and best wishes in your new home.

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Codebreak 2 years ago from Erwin, TN

Love it! Saved it in favorites and will be using it for my new house. Starting fresh and new. With great Money saving ideas!!Thanks!!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Hezekiah frugal living is definitely more about learning to appreciate what you have - so yes, anyone can benefit. :)

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks misslong :) glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you can get some beautiful items on Ebay that's for sure. Thanks for viewing and for the awesome comment. In my prom days the big poofy dresses were in ;) we did the hoops and the whole nine lol.

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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

Great list, haven't gone through all of them but seen some good ones. We all need to learn frugal living to some extent. Even the rich.

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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

This is an excellent hub with a ton of useful information. I will definitely be coming back to it when I have more time in order to take notes to follow your suggestions. I especially want to check out your link to homemade cleaners. That eBay dress is awesome! It looks almost exactly like my prom dress from High School. All the other girls wore those tight silk dresses that are in style, but I always like to be unique so I got an old-fashioned dress just like that (except it was light pink) with the puffy bottom and everything. I definitely looked WAY different than the other girls! lol. I can't believe it's only less than $6.00 right now at the bidding! It's so beautiful! Anyway, just wanted to compliment your hub. I copied down the address and will for sure be back to copy down notes on saving money. Thanks! ~Michele

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

thank you mylinda glad you enjoyed it :)

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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

Wow, great list. Not your usual frugal tips either, thanks.

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Crafty :) I was very excited! I had no idea truly, I was shocked to see my name on the winners list! Glad others found it useful enough to vote for it - was a nice treat for sure!

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Congratulations on your Hubbie Award! I remember reading this one with such great tips in it.

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you cheeluarv

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cheeluarv 3 years ago from INDIA

Congrats Award Winner :)

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Vinaya. I was very excited that it won :)

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

This hub has been awarded the Most Useful Hub Hubbie Award. Congrats.

Judith 3 years ago

Wonderful advice. Thank you

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks TurtleDog :) much appreciated.

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TurtleDog 3 years ago

Wow, tons and tons of great info here that I never thought of. Congrats on being featured as well. nice job

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Kosmo - the the LCD lights will burn out quickly if used in rooms where you turn the lights off and on frequently. They are better used in areas where your lights remain on for longer periods of time - living areas and things like that. thanks for reading and commenting :)

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Kosmo 3 years ago from California

Great ideas in this hub, many, many of them. I think I'll need a notebook just to keep track of them. Or a laptop computer. There's an idea. As for LED and fluorescent lights, they burn out way too quickly for me to be a convert. Maybe I turn them on and off too often. Later!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Efficient Admin, I appreciate that :)

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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Congratulations ChristinS for being featured and interviewed by Hubpages! Your hubs are always interesting, as well as practical and useful and I really enjoy reading them!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks again for the latest lovely comments! Always appreciated :)

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lifelovemystery 3 years ago from Houston, TX

Wow, you covered a lot of ground! I like that you pointed out the difference between stockpiling and hoarding. I've watched a couple of episodes about 'extreme couponing', and it seems like an unhealthy addiction. So much of what those people store in their homes could be given to area shelters (homeless and abused) instead of sitting in bins and on shelves.

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Hugh Morrison 3 years ago from London, England

Nice tips, thanks. In addition I'd point out that you can save the expense of buying/running a breadmaker by making artisan (soda) bread. This only takes 5 minutes to make and about 30 minutes to bake.

Sunshine 3 years ago

Really nice tips! I actually have another one for the Entertainment section. If your own a laptop, chances are you can hook it up to your TV. My husband spilled water on my laptop's built-in keyboard (breaking it) and then, to make it up to me, he bought a wireless mouse and keyboard as well as a cord to hook my laptop up to our TV, all for about $30. Movies (online or via DVD/BlueRay/file in your laptop), music, YouTube, Netflix, and everything else is now easily viewed on the big screen. Not to mention a lot of the channels (like ABC Family and CBS) post the new episodes of their currently airing TV shows on their websites in high definition the day after they air on cable and I can watch those on my laptop hooked up to my TV just like I was watching them on cable. It's really worth looking into for those people who hate having to pay a ridiculous amount for cable every month but still like watching their shows.

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carrie Lee Night 3 years ago from Northeast United States

ChristinS: Thank you for writing such a comprehensive money saving hub:) Sharing your economical tips with people is very thoughtful and appreciated. Thanks again :)

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for all the great comments everyone - always appreciated :)

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Very thorough Christin! I had never heard that "Coconut oil can ... whiten your teeth." I tried crest strips which are expensive and I didn't like them. Thank you for this tip and more!

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Angela Kane 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I like to live frugally and I do not like to waste money. Your frugal living tips are excellent and I plan to use a lot of them.

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Tricia Ward 3 years ago from Scotland

Thanks great post and very informative

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joym7 3 years ago from United States

Useful hub. I have learned a lot of things after reading this hub.

Thanks for posting.

Mom Thoughts 3 years ago

There are some really fantastic tips here that I will be trying! I shared this on Twitter and voted up :-)

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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

These are fantastic. I practice some of these, but others I haven't heard of before reading this. Voted up!

cbarbar 3 years ago

Great post ChristinS! I especially like the part on being environmentally conscious by rethinking about throwing things away and making things for yourself. I also highly agree on spending your money on experiences versus trinkets. I wish I had done that sooner as I miss out on traveling and doing things that would mean more to me rather than spend on items which a lot were donated or thrown out.

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Doctor Kristy 3 years ago from Australia

Great hub. You've clearly put a lot of time into this.

I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Thanks for sharing!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Kasman, glad you found something new and useful to glean from it. I appreciate your commenting.

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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Thanks a lot for this hub christin. Some of the advice you have in here I already live by, some I don't. I didn't know the facts about the light bulbs life that you wrote. Very inspiring and I think I want to add this one to a favorites list. Voting up and extremely useful!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for your input aj, but I have done a few 101 hubs and I like the idea of having plenty of info that is bookmarkable all in one place.

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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Good list ChristinS! Actually, there is so much here it can make your head spin if you don't already do these things! These ideas might do better on separate Hubs? Just sayin'... Fantastic info! Keep writing informative Hubs for us. :o)

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks everyone for the great comments - I appreciate readers taking the time to leave feedback :) Glad the tips are useful!

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Learning in Life 3 years ago from SW Florida

This hub caught my eye, but it's going to have to be bookmarked to read fully later.

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carozy 3 years ago from San Francisco

Voted up, lots of great ideas!

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Rock_nj 3 years ago from New Jersey

"Be careful with coupons as it encourages you to buy products you don't need or would not otherwise normally use." - This is excellent advice. A certain someone in my life thinks that just because something is on sale, you need to buy it. Whether or not you actually need it is an afterthought. I guess that's the way the marketers want you to think.

I like living frugally, due to necessity and the desire to not overconsume. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks so much for the awesome comment and pin Shelley - much appreciated and I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub :)

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CyberShelley 3 years ago

Phenomenal hub with brilliant points. Definitely all about attitude and you have a good one! Voted up, interesting and useful! Will Pin!

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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Angela

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Angela Kane 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Voted up and useful. I am always looking for ways to save money. All the ideas above are excellent and I already do most of them. Great hub and information.

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cookaholic 3 years ago from Kent UK

KoolAid main ingredient is Citric acid so I just used that instead which is readily available in the UK and for Borax search Ebay and buy either the Borax substitute or the Lab Grade Borax (as it isn't sold in the UK for Laundry in Supermarkets as it is in the States ...more EEC regulations probably!)

All worked a dream...thanks so much..Im on a cleaning mission now!

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

FrugalFatCouple - thanks for the dishwasher detergent recipe. When I get mine fixed I plan to try it out as I am very intrigued by the lemon kool aid :)

Cookaholic thanks for reading and commenting and let us know if you find the ingredients to try the detergents

Suzette thanks so much for the lovely comment :) I appreciate it. One thing I love with Dollar Tree too is inexpensive craft supplies. there is one near me that has tons of neat things - sea shells, stones, floral arrangement supplies etc. The larger dollar trees especially are packed with fun stuff.

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great comprehensive article. I enjoyed reading this. I love the Dollar Store - it is one of my favorite places to shop. You can get good items there and certain merchandise is of quality. You give a lot of great advice, tips and suggestions for being frugal. This is quite informative and interesting. Your approach to life is so admirable! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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cookaholic 4 years ago from Kent UK

Fantastic ..thankyou!....Im in the UK so may have to improvise as we don't have Arm & Hammer or Koolaide but I will let you know how I get on!...Thanks again

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FrugalFatCouple 4 years ago from California

I do....

1 cup of 20 mule borax

1 cup of Arm and Hammer WASHING SODA (not baking soda) --this is hard to find where I live in California, but other parts of the country easy to find

4 packages of unsweetened lemonaide kool aid.

I know I was a little more than suspect about the koolaide. But this stuff WORKS~!!!!

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cookaholic 4 years ago from Kent UK

A lady after my own heart ,I am certainly going to try out your Laundry powder recipe as spending far too much on the commercial variety. Do you have a recipe for dishwasher powder?

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you brandimae - I appreciate you reading and commenting. Glad you found it helpful. :)

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brandimae 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

I just loved this!! So helpful! :)

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks innerspin - I highly recommend them. They are great for making all sorts of snacks and preserving veggies/fruits which equals less waste if you can't eat everything before it spoils etc.

Thanks Pinkchic for reading and for the lovely compliment/comment - much appreciated!

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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Awesome post! I really enjoyed reading this, you have some great tips!

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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

Gosh, I've never heard of a food dehydrator, must investigate those. We've used Freecycle a few times, it's a good site. You've given useful information, thanks.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the comment midget38 I appreciate it. Glad you found them useful.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Great money saving tips, and this is well thought out! Thanks for these, which I will certainly take note of!

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Frugal and Chitrangada for the comments - glad you found the hub useful :) I appreciate you taking time to give feedback!

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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

That's an all inclusive list--well almost. I am happy that I follow most of them. Very useful for everyone and thanks for sharing.

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FrugalFatCouple 4 years ago from California

This is an incredible list! Thank you. Enjoyed reading it!!

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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

Noted, ChristinS! I will really remember all those helpful tips on how to scrimp and save smartly. Thanks for sharing them! :)

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you tigresosal and GiblinGirl for reading and commenting - glad you found the hub useful and I appreciate your taking the time to share feedback. :)

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GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

Wow - so many really great ideas for every part of your life. I will definitely be trying some of these out.

tigresosal 4 years ago

Wonderful list. While some of it many must be practicing, you have put everything in such a manner that it makes an organised code for living. thanks a lot for sharing your wisdom.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Mama Kim thanks so much for voting and pinning - I totally appreciate it and I am glad you found some new ideas to try :)

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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Fantastic list!! ^_^ I practice most of these myself, the ones I don't are great ideas and I can't wait to incorporate them as well! Voted pinned and bookmarked!

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks penlady - no research involved for this one though actually lol - This is how I've lived for a very long time :)

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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

With the cost of living constantly going up, it's good to have tips such as these to help us save money. You did some excellent research here.

Very good! Voted up, useful and pinned.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

visionandfocus - I agree that radiation is bad, but breast cancer is much worse. It's weighing ones risks, particularly if it runs in families. :) Thanks for the great comment. Appreciated!

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visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

Lots of great ideas and the handy links led me to equally well-written sites about taking care of my teeth and gums as well as my hair. The only thing I disagree with is regular mammograms-- too much radiation and all those false positives. Other than that, excellent info. Voted up!

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks donnah and Victoria for the comments and the pins :) much appreciated and glad you found the hub useful.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow. So many tips. I live frugally, but you have given me some new ideas. Pinning this one for future reference, as you suggested!

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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

What a comprehensive list! I have pinned for reference :) Thanks for sharing.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks OldRoses - I agree on circulars as that is usually where we find out what Aldi's is having on sale that week and also the "10 for tens" at the pricier markets. That's a great idea to menu plan around those circulars. I need to get better at meal planning, it's one area where we struggle because I have dietary restrictions the boys don't and one boy who is picky and one who would eat the plate if let him ;) lol. Thanks for commenting

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OldRoses 4 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

YEAH!! I love your suggestions and have one more for you: the weekly supermarket circular is your friend. I plan an entire week's meals around what's on special each week. I love to cook, so this gives me a chance to try different recipes as I come up with ways to use the sale items.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the bookmark and comment Efficient Admin - I appreciate that very much and I am glad you found it so useful :)

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks Nick I totally agree. This is the way I've lived for years and it was hard to stop at just these. Someday if I'm crazy enough their may be a sequel ;) 101 more frugal tips you need to know LOL

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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Wow lots of great info here! You are right this is definitely worth bookmarking and I have done just that for reference. Thanks for sharing.

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NicholasA 4 years ago from Midwest

Great job on this hub. It's amazing how much information there is to share from daily life experiences.

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you billy your comment means a great deal to me. I appreciate it :)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Excellent collection of tips and suggestions. Bravo to you for the work that went into this hub and you are right, it's all about attitude!

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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

I agree cyoung thanks for reading and commenting :)

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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

I always say: Even though it's on sale it still costs money. These are some great tips and I think if you stick to your budget and be creative you can still have nice things in your life.

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