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.
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.
It will dissolve 50% faster.
3. Make your own liquid hand wash from a bar
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."
This recipe uses 2 very inexpensive ingredients: rubbing alcohol and corn
5. 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
Read more about it here.
6. 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.
Here's a recipe on how to make homemade Hamburger Helper.
Get muffin, brownie, and waffle mix recipes here.
8. Learn how to make yogurt in a crock pot.
Click here for the full directions.
9. 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.
11. 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.
Put any leftover kale and celery stalks through a juicer.
Here's a list of things you can do with leftover orange peels, beef fat, and
13. 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
Find out more about planting celery here.
15. 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
Scan any item using a free app called Pushpin and automatically save with
17. 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
18. Make your own reusable Swiffer pads.
Check out the tutorial here.
20. 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.
You'll notice a difference in your electricity bill.
22. 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.
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.
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.
When it starts drying out, just add a couple drops of saline solution.
26. Squish your toilet paper rolls to avoid any
This is especially helpful if you have kids who consistently use too much
27. 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.
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.
Don't throw your bra out when the underwire starts coming out. Here's an
easy wayto fix your bra in ten seconds with moleskin.
30. 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:
Another Target tip: get Target coupons online and STACK them with
31. 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.
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.
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.
34. Displace water in your toilet tank with a filled
You save around 10 gallons of water a day. A brick works, too.
35. 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
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
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.
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
Check out the list of deregulated states here.
40. 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.
41. Borrow e-books from the library instead of
Your Kindle will pay for itself. Find out how here.
42. The most effective fly repellent only costs a
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
Get instructions here.
44. 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.
45. 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.
Unusual uses for olive oil.