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- Frugal living: Moving into a school converted into apartments! 600/month, all utilities included
- Follow up- my daughter’s costume. We took $1 pumpkins and an old sweater and made them into a Venus Flytrap costume.
- Gas bill going up 17%… I’m going on strike
- I love the library most because it saves money
- We live in Northern Canada, land of runaway food prices. Some of our harvest saved for winter. What started as a hobby has become a necessity.
- 70 lbs of potatoes I grew from seed potatoes from a garden store and an old bag of russets from my grandma’s pantry. Total cost: $10
- Gatorade, Fritos and Kleenex among US companies blasted for 'scamming customers with shrinkflation' as prices rise
- Forty years ago we started a store cupboard of household essentials to save money before our children were born. This is last of our soap stash.
- How to get free scientific papers!
- Noticed this about my life before I committed to a tighter budget.
- Seeds from Dollar Store vs Ace Hardware.
- I was looking online for a product that would safely hold my house key while jogging. Then I remembered I had such a product already.
- Using patterned socks to mend holes in clothes
- My dogs eat raw as I believe it’s best for them but I don’t want to pay the high cost. So after ads requesting leftover, extra, freezer burnt meat. I just made enough grind to feed my dogs for 9 months. Free.
- What are your ‘fuck-it this makes me happy’ non-frugal purchases?
- Where is this so-called 7% inflation everyone's talking about? Where I live (~150k pop. county), half my groceries' prices are up ~30% on average. Anyone else? How are you coping with the increased expenses?
- You are allowed to refill squeeze tubes of jam with regular jam. The government can't stop you.
Had some wood lying around, and found some on free sites. Used glue/clamps/screws to put them together. The rest was sanding, spray paint, tape, and a few add ons.
Budget 💰 Finally started actually tracking and comparing my spending. I ended up in the green this month.. just barely.
Tip/advice 💁♀️ Circle K has revamped their coffee bar. Not sure if every location has one yet, but they have grind to order coffee. and with "sip and save" it's $5.99 a month for a coffee a day plus refill. 1000% cheaper than coffee chains. About 20¢ a coffee if you're consistent
So I was unexpectedly unemployed in late October. Fortunately I had planned ahead and I am not in horrible spot. My house is secure. My advice to any homeowner is to save top at least six months of mortgage and don't touch it. I have three small dogs and dedicated that we will all make the journey together. A friend gave me an old stand up freezer. I have gotten a truck load of wood chips for my backyard from chipdrop. I raked in organic gardening lime to kill any bugs. That was a big job but the free truck load of wood chips was an immense bonus for me. I'm applying for jobs an d looking into self employed opportunities.
I have been going to food banks to reduce expenditures. I have been given a lot of fruits/vegetables that are within a day of going bad. The canned foods have been very helpful but are a lot of beans. My frugal lifestyle mandates that I am responsible for not wasting what is given to me. I was given a 5 lbs bag of salad greens that were past fresh date so I dehydrated them and then will powder them. They are a bit bitter but Ithey are dog safe as a dog food additive. I can also use it in foods that need a bit of green and bitter in them. I have dehydrated a cantaloupe, watermelon, 5lbs of sweet potatoes and 10 lbs of carrots. These are all good, safe treats for the dogs. Last night I caramelized 10 lbs of onions and froze individual portions. Today I got an eggplant, tomato and red pepper that was a day way from going completely bad. I will dehydrate those into a spaghetti sauce mix for later use. I also froze 3 lbs of whole potatoes to use latter as a hash/mashed potato meal. Most of the fresh/prepared food I'm receiving is requiring some type of processing/preservation method. I have three food banks close by that I can access on rotation. I answer all of their qualifying questions honestly. I am turning into a food saving expert.
The food bank today gave me 3 bags of dog food which is helpful. Tomorrow, I will reach out to organizations that specialize in helping with dog care during unexpected periods of unemployment. The dogs are enjoying going out on more walks and it's good for me too.
As far as heating my house, when I bought my fixer upper house 3 years ago I made into into separate portions which allows me to heat different areas separately. I got a couple of portable electric heaters from goodwill so I'm only heating the section I'm in. I'm in Phoenix AZ so the it's not gotten below 66 degrees during the day or below 45 degrees at night. Me and dogs snuggle at night, it doesn't drop below 65 degrees inside so I don't have to run heat/heaters at night.
I've gotten health insurance through the market place for 2023 so that will be very affordable and help out immensely with my prescriptions and doctors visits. I had to eat a large payment to be insured by health care for December but I rather be out $300 rather than $300K in debt if I have a catastrophe health event. I have to face the fact that I'm middle aged and overweight, I could have a stroke or heart attack. Also, I could be walking my dogs and get hit by a drunk driver. Anything could happen and I want health insurance in place!
I have spent the last 3 years planning for an unforeseen event and so far my frugal planning is paying off. My suggestion to all the frugal Nannettes/Nanos out there is to use the money save by being frugal as an insurance premium for unexpected catastrophic economic loss. My goal in making these posts is to let other frugal men/ women and everyone in between plan for unexpected unemployment and how to deal with it when it happens. Please use your frugality to plan, plan and plan for an unexpected happening inn your life.
I bought a solid shampoo bar and a conditioner as well on the 17th of October. I haven't had to buy either since. They were $15 (NZD) each which seems expensive but its saving me $15 a fortnight. I've only used about 1/3 of each bar so far, they will probably last me until next March at least. Just thought I'd share as its not something I had considered before.
My wife's car has been laid to rest after a 11 year, 225,000 mile life.
The car market is currently insane. We are trying to wait out the car market so we can pay a reasonable price for a safe car. So we are managing with only my car for now.
We are saving a considerable amount doing this; more than expected. Our gas spending went down by almost half (she has a long commute and my car gets excellent mpg). We save a bit on insurance too. This is challenging to navigate and it won't work forever but it's worth the hassle for now.
If any of you who are partnered run into a situation like this, see if you can make one car work!
Trying to save up since the costs of gas and electricity are insane right now. I was wondering if anyone is using heated blankets? What is your opinion about them?
I went to Aldi's which I've recently discovered and got al of these items for $13.20! I made delicious quiche with green onions and sausage and cheese (did have to stop at Publix for the pie crust and green onions though)
Gone were the days when a credit card was only a deal for those who made big purchases. Recently, I came across a card that helps to build credit scores even with small purchases. It's like "Debit helps to build Credit". I have saved a lot of money through that in the form of cashbacks, no annual charges and no interest.
So recently I've been looking for ideas for cheap snacks I eat midnight, these are some things I've tried so far! I measure them per ounce or per pound!
-Tyson Chicken nuggets ($3.6 per pound) -Homemade pita bread ($0.05 per ounce flour cheapest to make but most annoying!) -Pasta with tomato sauce ($0.18 per ounce) -Eggs and rice (removed because eggs got too expensive, but may resume) -French fries frozen ($0.12 per ounce)
Hey frugal folks! I’m asking around for high quality furniture brands. As we all know, sometimes being frugal means spending a little more so it’ll last longer. So I would love some recommendations for high quality furniture brands.
P.S. I am not that into buying second hand (I know, I know that it’s frugal blasphemy but I just can’t do it lol)
wasn’t sure where to share this-
a nutrition/supplements company was running a promotional offer for blank friday. spend $100 get a free tub of pre workout. i purchase 3 shirts and after tax and shipping it came out to over $100 and the free gift was automatically added to my cart. i also got a few follow up emails confirming my order, showing the free gift.
when my package arrived they physically crossed off the free gift from the packaging slip and didn’t include it, either.
i reached out to the company and they said it should not have been included because my purchase only went over $100 after the tax. my purchase without tax was very close to $100 as is.
should i push back on this? i understand the situation on their end… but the fact is i have multiple confirmations saying i’ve earned the free gift and i think it should be honored- even if it was because of a “technical issue”.
My Father has refused hearing aids for decades because he feels they would make him "look old", but he's also missed out on a lot in these past couple decades not being able to hear well, especially in public places (like restaurants).
So are these $200 hearing aids really worthwhile? Of course no ones wants to pay 10 or 20 times and much, although I'm sure the expensive ones are better. I think the first stop should probably be to an audiologist, but I assume they want to sell you their own expensive stuff, kind of like when you go to an optometrist and they want you to spend $300+ on their eyeglasses as opposed to buying prescription lenses online for $30.
I would also consider cheaper hearing aids for myself, even though I'm only 37, I have a lot of difficulty understanding what people are saying (also mainly in public places), and since my Father (79) and slightly older Brother (41) suffer from substantial hearing loss, it seems to likely be a hereditary thing.
I'm having trouble finding which are the exact $199 hearing aids on walmart referred to in the article/discussion links posted above, but they look like the fairly large kind that sit behind your ear, and then have the little attachment thingy that goes in your ear. I don't think my father would go for those as they stick out too much. I am also considered with appearance myself (being a young guy who wears hearing aids is not something I want to display to the world), but I'd also just rather be able to hear, because I know how much hearing loss can affect people's lives, they can miss out on a lot
im planning on staying for 60ish and so far my estimated expenses been 4000 for
this includes expenses 60ish day trip
- 1200$ round trip flight higher estimate dont think theres anyway to make this cheaper maybe booking a package deal with flight and hostile?
- 1200$ for stay at a hostile so 20$ a day usaully 1 are internet cafes cheaper or is this about as good as it gets?
- 600$ food budget would be using hostile kitchen for main meals and then a snack a day during lunch
- 200$ for passport this seems to be the average price for the us i believe?
- 300$ extra money for attractions and items
- then 500$ for anything else
Idk if any of yall have been into a Spectrum office lately? The past several times Ive gone in theres a line of very hostile customers around the check in touch screens. They are always MAD, talking shit amongst themselves and at the employees. Like its enough to make my blood boil and Im not the one its directed at. I usually go when they first open, so these workers come into a lobby full of customers that are already foaming at the mouth the moment they clock in and have to deal with it all day. I really have never witnessed anything like it and I can't imagine how they dont have constant turnover. I never see the same workers.
Anyway my BF decided to get the fancy new flip phone. We're waiting in this environment, by the time we get to the employee hes already been bitched at 10 times, and people keep yelling at him across the room. We literally just treat him like a person, are patient when technical issues arise, not overly talkative bc we're introverted and hes working but we did empathize with him, but it doesnt take much to be nice and on his side. He very deligently tries to resolve an issue that results in us leaving and coming back later in the day. While trying to resolve the issue his customer service mask slips a tiny bit, he vents a tiny bit to us, drops a few swears (thats when you know youve bonded). We empathize. For the trouble, he does some shady magic and our internet bill goes from $75 to $35, permanently! The employee said he wasnt going to be at that job much longer anyway.
Cant tell you how many times Ive gotten a really sweet deal just by treating someone with a shitty job well.
Employees who are being mistreated by the company love to give away free shit to cool people!
EDIT: for context ive worked at truck stops and retail customer service all my life so when I say I havent see anything like it, I mean its bad!
I hope that employee has found a better job and is doing well. Its been a few months.
2nd EDIT for typos and clarification
I get a discount on my phone service. Pair that with a friend that has two lines on the same account, I pay $60 for my part out the door for the best wireless package AT&T has to offer.
I recently moved and decided to skip out on the $29 internet that would have been almost $50 with the modem rental. While my speed aren't the fastest compared to cable, i've made it a full month & don't want to give in lol. Loving all these savings...
Last months usage is as followed:
Mobile data: 56GB
Hotspot Data: 11GB
To my surprise, I mostly don't need 'hardwired' internet for my needs, so i've been going way overkill. Maybe not when I ran my small business it wasn't overkill, but now, I don't do that, so it's for sure overkill at this point.
There was ONE time I needed a really fast internet connection, so I bundled a trip, signed up for a Panera Sip Club membership for the one month free trial and got my business done there.
You can skip the internet and save so much!