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10 Completely Creative Ways to Save Money - What are your kooky ways to save that really work?

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10 Completely Creative Ways to Save Money

by Jeanne Sager

saving moneyWhy does it feel like everyone is broke this time of year? Is it because we just got done paying off the holiday bills? Or are we all really broke? Whatever the reason, now is as good a time as any to start saving money.

Oh, but you've tried that and it never works? Folks, I promise you that it's possible. If you really want to save money, you just have to be a little creative. Just check out these creative ideas that are guaranteed to keep the cash in your wallet:

1. Only run full loads. How many times do you run the dishwasher when there's still room for dishes or run the clothes washer for just a few towels? STOP doing that! Running full loads means running fewer loads overall -- saving you on your electric and water bills.

2. Use less. Whether it's the cleaning products you spray liberally on your kitchen counters or the coffee you load in the filter, try to use just a little bit less. You'll be surprised how it adds up ... and how much longer you'll be able to go before buying replacements.

3. Ask about sales. It's all well and good to read the sale circulars, but they only tell you what the sale is right now. If you're looking to make a big purchase, it's worth it to ask the salesman if they know of upcoming sales. One mom saved $300 on her laptop by going back the next day!

4. Pack lunch on weekends. We all know about packing lunch to take to work. But what about the weekends when you're running errands? You work up an appetite doing all that running, and it can be so tempting to just pop into the local pizza place for a slice ...

5. Save old clothes. Turn them into rags or napkins, and you will save a ton on paper towels and, well, napkins.

6. Become a swapper. Whether you throw a fashion swap for your girlfriends so you can all exchange the clothes you've gotten tired of or you trade babysitting services with another family in the neighborhood, it's the best way to get the things you need without spending a dime.

7. Use cold water. Unless you're taking a shower, do you really need hot water? Certainly not for things like washing clothes!

8. Use your fridge and freezer. "Shelf-safe" foods such as bread, batteries, even wax candles will last longer if you keep them in the cold.

9. Cancel email subscriptions to daily deal sites. Yes, you signed up for them with the intention of saving money, but how often do you end up buying things you don't need because "it's such a great deal I couldn't pass it up"? Get rid of the temptation!

10. Unplug everything. Ever heard of vampire power? It has nothing to do with Robert Pattinson and everything to do with the energy your appliances are drawing even though you've flipped the power switch.

What are your kooky ways for saving money that really work?

by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I don't use shampoo.  I have extremely sensitive skin and used to itch all the time.  A friend suggested I try washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar.  It's been the best thing in the world for me!

by New Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Apple cider vinegar rinse is good for dandruff.

by New Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Apply oatmeal to itches , then rinse.

by New Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM
Use vinager!!! Try making homemade products at least once. If you love it hey you can save a lot, if not at least you tried.

We just started doing this with friends in my area. Throw clothing swap parties. Gather anything and everything you dont need/use and get together and "swap" or have size piles/fabric(stuff thats stained or holey) and let everyone rummage. Then everything thats left over pack up and donate :) i have got some great fabric and tshirts doing this :)

Also during summer/winter when you are running heat/cold all the time, do laundry at night(or atleast 7pm-7am) we learned summer/winter rates go up alot during peak hours.
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by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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I use vinegar and water for cleaning a lot.  I also use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets in the dryer.  I have been using the same dryer balls for 3 years now!  That is 3 years worth of dryer sheets I have not had to buy!  :-)  I also use foam hand soap.  When dispenser is empty I refill with 1/4-1/3 regular liquid hand soap and the rest water then shake it.  We go through a lot of hand soap so this helps a lot.  Plus it is easier for little kids to use the foam soap anyway.  (learned the soap trick from my son's preschool teacher) 

by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 5:48 AM
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When we go out to eat we always split a meal, if I think it might not be enough I add a side of something.

by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 5:52 AM

Brick in the toilet tank to save on water? 

Quoting scorpiobabes:

I miss my dishwasher! I used SO much less water with it than when I wash by hand-and I don't have to use as much lotion on my hands (can't tell if the dishes are really clean with gloves on).

When I used to use dryer sheets, I would use them twice. I used to switch off my computer and room lights in one room-saved a lot. We put bricks in our toilet tank. My dd and I used to go to one HUGE Goodwill store (until they caught fire)-we'd save so much on clothing and housewares, it more than made up for the extra gas. And we did a LOT of freecycling!

by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM
I don't own a dryer
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