I just read a “frugal” blog and am amazed! Except for pursuing gift cards, which I do NOT do, almost all the techniques the blogger talked about I’ve done for years: making your own, gambling rarely, picking up things at the store to avoid delivery charges, etc.
People don’t do this stuff? This is special?
I keep trying to get into the gift card thing, but it almost always requires a qualifier I don’t do, buying something I otherwise wouldn’t get, spending a lot of time looking for/at the right website. Like savingstar.com . I like the idea, I’ve tried it 2-3 times, my purchases never show up on my account.
After a few times of that, I’ve given up.
Then there are the sites where you have to spend $ to save, which I refuse to do. I will NOT spend $ to get coupons, to save $. I will NOT spend $ to get “your” plan to save $ – sorry. I understand people need to make a living; believe me, I do! I’ll click through on ads or donate $ directly to a kickstarter project or something I believe in, but won’t pay money for ways to save a dollar here or there.
So here’s a few ways I save money. Do you do these?
- Buy used, when appropriate
- Look at the scratch/dent section before shopping otherwise (includes salvage at the supermarket)
- Find multiple uses for things
- Buy the most concentrated form of soaps, etc. I can
- Buy retail, rather than mailorder (pick up at store )