07 March 2013

Rise of the Cheapskates

Since Lorin and I have been married, we have found small ways to save money. This has come in very useful, especially now while we are trying to pay off my grad school student loan as quickly as possible. Finding ways to save a buck has almost become a game. Here are some different ways that we have been able to save money:
  • Tearing baby wipes in half
  • Cutting dryer sheets in half 
  • Resisting the temptation to buy fast food (Lorin and I have been going strong with this since December!)
  • Shutting off the heater during the day and bundling up 
  • Skipping out on getting my hair washed and styled when I get a haircut (I paid $25 for my last haircut instead of $40 with a wash and style. You can ask your hairdresser ahead of time what the price difference will be for you.)
  • Bumming Netflix off our parents rather than paying $8 a person to see a movie in the theater (I know, we are cheapskates)
  • Renting movies from the library for free (you would be surprised at the great selection some libraries have) 
  • Doing our own yard work and house repairs rather than paying someone else to do them
  • Having kid exchanges with friends rather than paying a babysitter to watch Miranda when we go out on dates
  • Devoting my income from tutoring to go towards paying extra on my student loan
  • Being involved in the grocery store rewards program (we just received a $10 store credit and a bunch of coupons in the mail for acquiring a certain amount of rewards points)
  • Being involved in the online rewards program for the diapers and wipes you usually buy
  • Checking for coupon codes online before making an online purchase (a lot of times you can get free shipping with this)
That's all I can think of right now, but I am interested in learning about how YOU save money. What are some of your best money-saving tips? Please share! Lorin and I will probably use them. 

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  1. Ben and I have had sooo many years of being cheapskates (and we're not quite done yet). We have gone to some pretty strange extremes to save money since me working wasn't much of a possibility, especially since we basically had two kids to start with, not one. Here are some things we have done (and some of them we still do):

    - We use ebates.com. Have you made an account there? If you do any online shopping, like, at all, you need to have an account at ebates. They give you a percentage of your money back on every order you place through them. The week of black friday is usually when my money starts adding up.

    - I follow some frugal living websites that tell me when there are sales on certain items. My two favorites are freebies2deals.com and southernsavers.com.

    - For the last 3.5 years, Ben and I have only had 1 cell phone. At first it was really hard to get used to, but now we're used to it and we have saved hundreds by only paying the $25/month by joining my parents' account. For the first 2 years we were in our house we even used the internet we got on our phone as our home internet by linking up our computer to our cell phone. The internet was SLOW but we saved hundreds on that one, too. Worth it in the long run.

    - Like you, we only had one car until a year ago when we absolutely needed to get a second.

    - We garden. And we I'm always researching ways to make my produce last longer. Putting berries, apples, grapes, etc in a vinegar bath (1 part vinegar and 10 parts water) makes things last forever without them molding. Plus it cleans them really well. What I know I won't use right away I freeze.

    - 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle is my all time favorite kitchen cleaner. It dissolves anything gross on my table, counter tops, and stove top. I also make my own laundry detergent.

    - We only go to the movies about twice a year. We choose the movies we absolutely can't wait to see to actually go to the theater for. Other than that, we wait for Redbox. I get 1 or 2 free rental codes texted to me each month and that's when we catch up.

    1. Oh my goodness Heather! You are the queen of saving money! Thank you so much for all of these awesome tips. I am going to check out ebates.com right now and try out your other suggestions as well. Thank you so much for the helpful response!

  2. Food banks!
    The one in Rexburg, at least, gets food every week from Broulim's that they can't sell anymore. Usually, the food bank throws food away because they have so much left over. Each week, they give out boxes of food to whomever shows up. We always make sure we pick up last so we're not taking food away from a family of eight or something, but every little bit helps! It's cut our grocery bill in half!

    1. I remember the Rexburg food bank; we went with you and Aaron once. I didn't even know they gave out extra food! I will have to see if they have something like that here. That is way cool that you were able to cut your food bill in half. That is pretty amazing!


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