- Out of printer ink? Take your hair dryer and blow hot air onto the cartridge for 30 seconds or so. I did this, and my cartridge lasted another two months!
- Start your own indoor plants from clippings and shoots from friends’ and families’ plants. This will make them more special! Be sure to pass on shoots and clippings from your own plants once they mature.
- Purchase your own modem and use it instead of the cable company’s (i.e. Comcast, AT&T). Comcast charges $5 per month to use their modem, and after a year, the modem you bought for $60 will pay for itself.
- Shop your pantry before going to the grocery store; start with what you have and build meals around this.
- Buy your prescriptions with a coupon; check out this website where many drugs have coupons. Also, check your weekly sales flyers for free gift cards to transfer your prescriptions.
- Purchase books at used library sales; you are helping a great cause, and usually the prices cannot be beat!
- Shop TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshall’s clearance racks; the prices are all ready cheap compared to other stores, and with the clearance, you can find many clothes at a deep discount (think 80-90%).
- Go out to eat at restaurants that offer kids meals for free (check out a list here).
- For a quick, small infusion of cash, sell your books, DVDs, and video games to Half-Priced Books, or any other used book store.
- Cut your dryer sheets in half to make them last twice as long (you will not notice the difference).
- Swap DVDs to watch with friends and co-workers. You will be amazed how many DVDs are at your fingertips just through the people you know.
- For your next party (birthday, anniversary, bachelorette, housewarming, etc.), use the stylish, modern and free evites.
- For desktop computers, be sure to turn the monitor off. This is what eats up the most energy. For laptops, do not leave them plugged in like desktops; it will suck the life out of the battery.
- Check out Craigslist’s free section for your wood needs for the winter. People who are clearing away woods or building on a lot will often post wood for free if you come and pick it up yourself.
- Transfer money into your savings at the beginning of the month rather than at the end. Overtime, this will add up in extra interest earned for you.
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