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I’ve been on a money-saving binge lately. I’ve always been frugal, but the last year or so, I’m paying a lot more attention to my spending habits and all the ways to cut out things I don’t need.
It turns out, there are lots of things I don’t need that I thought I did.
I’ve noticed the things I have stopped buying are really making a difference! It’s nice having extra spending money without really trying.
I’m not suffering by cutting out these items. The only way it affects me is positively.
1. Name brand groceries
I shop at Walmart. It’s ¼ mile from my house, convenient, and I like their store brand. The savings really add up when you buy the store brand, whatever store that might be.
2. Eating out
We rarely eat out except for special occasions. It costs too much when you think of the groceries that can be bought with that same money. Cooking at home is so much cheaper.
3. Bottled water
I pay a water bill every month, why would I buy water?
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4. Name brand clothes
I work at home, so I don’t need to look fancy. I see no problems buying from thrift stores or somewhere like Thredup. As long as I’m not naked I don’t care too much what the tag says.
I stopped buying soda, or as I like to call it, pop, because it is extremely unhealthy and if I buy it that’s all my kids will drink. So if it’s not in the house, they can’t drink it. It also costs too much.
6. Professional hair coloring
My hair has been in a bun for 20 years, and if the gray hairs are covered, that’s all that matters to me. So buying a box of hair dye and squeezing it on myself isn’t rocket science, it’s frugality.
No one watches TV very much in my house. I was tired of paying $77 a month. So I signed up with Sling TV and now I’m saving money.
8. A landline
Most of my family members have cell phones, so there is no need to pay another bill for another phone.
9. Cell phone plans
I can’t stand when I hear of someone paying $150 a month for a cell phone bill. I paid $120 for my phone and I use Boost Mobile, which I love. I’ve had it for 7 years now and never had a problem and I never run out of mobile data. $45 a month, thank you very much.
10. Scratch off tickets
I’m pretty sure I’m cursed with bad luck, so playing the lottery isn’t going to do me any good. I’ll spend $20 and win $2. I don’t so much as break even. So I don’t buy them anymore. Good luck to those of you that do, though.
Again, I can make it at home. And I actually like mine better. No more Starbucks.
12. Gym membership
Just kidding, I’ve never been to a gym in my life. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention.
13. Bagged salad
I love salads, and the bags are so convenient. It’s cheaper to buy lettuce and make your own. You get so much more for your money. I like romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby kale.
To store your salad mix, use a largish flat plastic bowl. Put a paper towel on the bottom, spread out the salad mix, and put another paper towel on top. Don’t forget the lid.
14. ATM fees
I drive an extra mile to my bank instead of the convenient store out the road. They charge $3.50 for me to get MY money then my bank charges me another $2.50. That’s ridiculous.
I don’t buy magazines anymore. I pick the longest line at the grocery store and read it while I’m waiting in line. There are only a few articles per magazine that interests me anyway. Why buy it. Then what do I do with a pile of old outdated magazines?
16. Bags of ice
My freezer makes it for me. I just fill up the cooler with it.
17. Shaving cream
Use some cheap hair conditioner and your legs will be super soft.
18. Ant killer
I know this is weird, but spring is coming and I know I’ll get ants in my kitchen. It happens about twice a year. I used to buy a name brand ant killer when they show up, but now I use regular boric acid. A big bottle of powder is only about $6 at a local drug store in my town.
Mix the boric acid powder with an equal amount of sugar (about a tablespoon of each) and a little water to make a paste, then I put it on a cotton ball and the cotton on a piece of cardboard, because the sugar in it makes it stick to the counter, (then I have to chisel it off). It works great. After about 24 hours, no more ants.
19. Window cleaner
I make it myself with this recipe:
20. Laundry detergent
I make this too. Here are some great recipes for it.
Well, there’s my list of stuff I don’t buy anymore. What kind of things have you stopped buying to save money?