Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 14, 2023. It has since been updated.
As the price of daily grocery items and sundries continues to rise, being frugal has become a necessity. There has been a lot of chatter about exactly why inflation is relatively high, not only in the United States but globally. While some blame the pandemic, others blame the supply chain and the government. Many factors have put us in the position we are in today, and there is no solution to how to get out of this. To an average or minimum-wage earner, it is a never-ending nightmare, so we figured we would take a crack at it by looking into some frugal ways that might help you save an extra buck or reevaluate your expenses.
Because if you want to be frugal with your finances, then you need to understand how to up your frugality by having an overall strategy and not just hunting for the newest way to shave $1.50 off your next grocery bill. This stuff is life-changing because being shrewd with your frugal efforts means you will get to where you want to go with your money and with your life. Being a frugal person means making the most out of all of your resources at hand. It’s learning how to use what you’ve got most efficiently so that you can fully utilize your buck. We have an entire list of frugal living tips and tricks that will help you cut down your grocery bill by $5 on each shopping trip.
1. I’m an avid reader and have saved over $8k using the library this year
2. Some of our harvests were saved for winter. What started as a hobby has become a necessity.
3. The perks of having a connection to a local egg farm.
4. Mom always said “Don’t waste your money on stupid books!” so here’s my collection of fully thrifted/donated stupid books
5. I needed something to hold my shampoo/conditioner bars, so I made this with chopsticks and leftovers.
6. My lesson for today: check prices carefully! We found these in the regular meat section today and the price was honored!
7. We get our kids to design labels for homemade preserves to give away as gifts at Christmas
8. Replaced luggage wheels for 13 bucks
9. 30 pounds of bananas
10. I had so much fun making these Cartoon gift wrapping! Inspired by the Borderlands videogame
11. $8 worth of food at my local discount grocery yesterday
12. Made my own Swiffer pads with my brother's old sweatpants
13. 13 “empty” lotion bottles clam-shelled produced 36oz that would normally be tossed. I can’t be the only one out there, right?
14. Cutting open the makeup tube to use it all. Had about 10 days' worth left.
15. Neighbor threw this awesome chair to the curb. One screw fixed the tilt problem!
16. My dryer has been doing laundry flawlessly since it was made in 1976.
17. Just an example of the right place right time these normally go for around 9-10 dollars a pound in my area but they had just switched to new packaging and marked the old label down to 99 cents at my local Kroger.
18. $30 total thanks to the “too good to go” app. Plenty of baked goods for the whole family and the rest will be frozen
19. 4 months ago, I planted some sprouted potatoes in a small pot on my balcony. Here's my first harvest!
20. I love the library most because it saves money
21. Put those butter wrappers to good use and grease your baking dishes with the butter left stuck to the wrapper. You might be surprised how little can go a long way.
22. Made professional-looking candles from babybel wax and old tuna cans
23. I don’t know who needs to hear this but mason jars will perfectly preserve your berries for several weeks
24. My freebie fire pit! Made from bricks I got on FB marketplace.
25. U-pick farms are a great way to get very inexpensive produce! 22lbs for $22 and we'll make enough jam for a couple of years.