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The little things really add up.

46 Penny-Pinching Ways To Save

A Lot Of Money This Year

 

Admit it: there's a small part of you that relates to the ladies on 
Extreme Couponing.

1. Make your own lotion soap.

Make your own lotion soap.

You can customize with different kinds of molds, food coloring, and scented
essential oils. Get the directions here.

2. Don't leave soap sitting in water.

Don't leave soap sitting in water.

It will dissolve 50% faster.

 

3. Make your own liquid hand wash from a bar
of soap.

Make your own liquid hand wash from a bar of soap.

Get the directions here.

For foaming hand wash, re-fill the foaming dispenser with a mixture of one
part dish soap (or body wash) and three parts water.

4. Make your own oily hair "dry cleaner."

Make your own oily hair "dry cleaner."

This recipe uses 2 very inexpensive ingredients: rubbing alcohol and corn
starch.

5. Try the "No Poo" method of cleaning hair.

Try the "No Poo" method of cleaning hair.

Some people have had great success eliminating the whole wash-and-condition
hair regime. They claim it rejuvenates the hair shaft and fixes any dandruff issues.
Instead of using shampoo, massage baking soda into the scalp to clarify and follow with
an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Conditioner is usually a lemon juice/vinegar
mix.

Read more about it here.

Source: jezebel.com

6. Switch from coffee to tea.

Switch from coffee to tea.

Easier said than done, but tea bags are usually cheaper than coffee beans.

Always brew tea in a teapot to maximize a single tea bag. You won't get the
bitter taste that comes with reusing. Or, better yet, use loose tea leaves,
which are meant to be reused.

7. Make your own convenience food kits.

Make your own convenience food kits.

Here's a recipe on how to make homemade Hamburger Helper.

Try this recipe for homemade Bisquick.

Get muffin, brownie, and waffle mix recipes here.

8. Learn how to make yogurt in a crock pot.

Learn how to make yogurt in a crock pot.

Click here for the full directions.

9. Make your own bread.

Make your own bread.

This artisanal bread costs only 40 cents a loaf and requires no kneading.

10. Pour your leftover wine into ice cube trays
and use them for cooking.

Pour your leftover wine into ice cube trays and use them for cooking.

11. Buy meat on sale and make freezer meals
out of them.

Buy meat on sale and make freezer meals out of them.

You'll save time in the long run. Here's a comprehensive list of freezer meals.

For added convenience, pre-portion and label them before you freeze to
make defrosting a breeze.

12. Reuse your leftover scraps of food.

Reuse your leftover scraps of food.

Put any leftover kale and celery stalks through a juicer.

Make cookies with leftover pie crust.

Here's a list of things you can do with leftover orange peels, beef fat, and
melon rinds.

Reuse your leftover pickle brine to make incredibly simple pickled green
tomatoes
or pickled radishes.

13. Plant your green onion stubs — you'll have a
new bunch in just ten days.

Plant your green onion stubs — you'll have a new bunch in just ten days.

The next time you've used up your green onions, put the white ends into a jar
of water. They'll start to grow almost immediately. This also works for celery
stalks.

Find out more about planting celery here.

14. Make your own seasonings.

Make your own seasonings.

Get recipes for taco seasoningranch dry mix, and pumpkin spice. They'll taste
better and eliminate a lot of the sodium fillers in store-bought spices.

15. Make your own microwave popcorn.

Make your own microwave popcorn.

Not only will you save money, but you can use real butter and the seasonings
of your choice.

16. Use an app to help you save while grocery
shopping.

Use an app to help you save while grocery shopping.

Scan any item using a free app called Pushpin and automatically save with
digital coupons.

Source: pushpinsapp.com

17. Instead of eating out, learn how to make your
favorite restaurant foods at home.

Instead of eating out, learn how to make your favorite restaurant foods at home.

Check out this Pinterest board for recipes for a bunch of copycat recipes.

Here's a good recipe for that famous ginger carrot dressing you get at sushi
restaurants.

Source: keenan

18. Make your own reusable Swiffer pads.

Make your own reusable Swiffer pads.

Check out the tutorial here.

19. Buy melamine foam instead of Magic Erasers.

Buy melamine foam instead of Magic Erasers.

You can get 30 of these for $5.90. Melamine foam is the main component
of Magic Erasers
.

Source: ebay.com

20. Make your own laundry detergent.

Make your own laundry detergent.

A box of regular Tide costs $28 for 68 loads these days. Using this recipe, you can squeeze 96 loads out of $2.88.

21. Save electricity by using the rapid wash
setting on your washing machine.

Save electricity by using the rapid wash setting on your washing machine.

You'll notice a difference in your electricity bill.

22. Never buy dryer sheets again.

Never buy dryer sheets again.

Place a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer with your wet clothes. You can reuse
it many, many times and it will remove static cling.

23. Instead of using paper towels, make your own
cleaning cloths out of flour sacks.

Instead of using paper towels, make your own cleaning cloths out of flour sacks.

There's minimal sewing involved, and one flour sack makes 16 cloths.

24. Store your makeup-removing face wipes
upside down, and cut them in half.

Store your makeup-removing face wipes upside down, and cut them in half.

Storing them upside down will help them retain moisture. And they'll go the
extra mile if you cut each one in half.

25. Make mascara last 3x longer.

Make mascara last 3x longer.

When it starts drying out, just add a couple drops of saline solution.

 

26. Squish your toilet paper rolls to avoid any
wasteful unraveling.

Squish your toilet paper rolls to avoid any wasteful unraveling.

This is especially helpful if you have kids who consistently use too much
toilet paper.

27. Do your waxing at home.

Do your waxing at home.

Sally Hansen wax strips come with a $1 coupon in every box, so you'll save
even more money.

28. Sharpen a disposable razor on a pair of jeans
and it'll last up to 6 months.

Sharpen a disposable razor on a pair of jeans and it'll last up to 6 months.

Slide your razor across the entire length of jeans 10-20 times to take the
nicks out of the blade. Then switch directions. Also, be sure to prevent
oxidation/rust by keeping the razor dry between uses.

29. Repair your bras before buying a new one.

Repair your bras before buying a new one.

Don't throw your bra out when the underwire starts coming out. Here's an
easy way
to fix your bra in ten seconds with moleskin.

30. If you shop at Target, here are some tips:

If you shop at Target, here are some tips:

"EVERY Target shopper NEEDS to know this: If the price ends in 8, it will
be marked down again. If it ends in a 4, it's the lowest it will be. Target's mark
down schedule. -
MONDAY: Kids’ Clothing, Stationery (office supplies, gift wrap), Electronics.
TUESDAY: Women’s Clothing and Domestics. WEDNESDAY: Men’s Clothing,
Toys, Health and Beauty. THURSDAY: Lingerie, Shoes, Housewares. FRIDAY:
cosmetics."

Another Target tip: get Target coupons online and STACK them with
manufacturers' coupons.

Source: pinterest.com

31. Use GasBuddy.com to compare gas prices
in your area.

Use GasBuddy.com to compare gas prices in your area.

Just enter in your zip code. It's also available in app form.

32. If you're an avid online shopper, use a service
like eBates to get cash back.

If you're an avid online shopper, use a service like eBates to get cash back.

You might get anywhere between 1%-12%, but eventually it all adds up.

33. Buy your essentials from AliExpress.com,
if you don't mind long shipping times.

Buy your essentials from AliExpress.com, if you don't mind long shipping times.

Shipping can take upwards of 3 weeks, but where else can you get bamboo
fiber socks
 for 81 cents apiece (with free shipping)?

Two tips: don't expect the best quality, and do your research.

Source: aliexpress.com

34. Displace water in your toilet tank with a filled
plastic bottle.

Displace water in your toilet tank with a filled plastic bottle.

You save around 10 gallons of water a day. A brick works, too.

Source: realsimple.com

35. Always check RetailMeNot.com before
purchasing anything online.

Always check RetailMeNot.com before purchasing anything online.

Always check this site before hitting the checkout button. Or you can do a
Google search for the company name + "coupon" or "promo code."

Download the RetailMeNot app and you can attempt to use the coupons while
shopping in-store.

If you can't find a discount code, email customer service and ask for one,
especially if it's your first time shopping with the retailer.

 

36. Share a Costco, Sam's Club, or BJ's
membership.

Share a Costco, Sam's Club, or BJ's membership.

Rules vary on whether a different credit card name can be used, but if you
bring cash, you should be fine.

Or, just give $10 to a friend who has a Costco membership and ask them to
buy you a $10 gift card. According to Consumerist, if you receive a gift card
to Costco's, you can get in to shop without a membership.

37. Sign up for the Victoria's Secret mailing list.

Sign up for the Victoria's Secret mailing list.

Sure, you'll get an annoying catalog every week, but you'll also get a coupon
for a FREE PANTY every month. Never buy underwear again!

 

38. If you live in a deregulated state, you're
allowed to shop around for the best electricity
rates.

If you live in a deregulated state, you're allowed to shop around for the best electricity rates.

Check out the list of deregulated states here.

39. Find out if you're eligible for any discounts.

Find out if you're eligible for any discounts.

Check out these lists: 149 military discounts66 teacher discounts85 student
discounts
, and 136 senior discounts.

Also, with a Triple A card, you can get 50% off prescription meds, along with 
many travel and movie discounts.

Source: davetesh.com

40. Recruit an affiliate buddy if you frequently buy
things from Amazon.com.

Recruit an affiliate buddy if you frequently buy things from Amazon.com.

Sign up for their affiliate program, and convince a friend who also shops
often on Amazon to do the same. When they use your affiliate code, you get
up to 15% back on their purchase, and vice versa.

Source: lifehacker.com

41. Borrow e-books from the library instead of
buying them.

Borrow e-books from the library instead of buying them.

Your Kindle will pay for itself. Find out how here.

42. The most effective fly repellent only costs a
penny.

The most effective fly repellent only costs a penny.

Place a penny in a zip-loc bag filled with water. For some odd reason, it works.

43. Make your own pet toys from old t-shirts and
socks.

Make your own pet toys from old t-shirts and socks.

Get instructions here.

44. Refill pet meds at a drugstore or online.

Refill pet meds at a drugstore or online.

They usually cost more if you get them directly from the vet, so get the vet
to write you a prescription and refill it elsewhere.

Read up on return policies and customer service if you decide to buy online.

Source: animalkind.com

45. Always pack a meal for your flight.

Always pack a meal for your flight.

Airplane and airport food are so overpriced. Always prepare your own
meal
 or at least bring a snack.

Source: lunchinabox.net

46. Keep things that have multiple uses on hand.

Keep things that have multiple uses on hand.

17 uses for Alka-Seltzer.

Unusual uses for olive oil.






 
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