Frugality

21 Things I Do That Save Me: Money, Time, Effort

 

1.       I cook 3 meals worth of pasta at once.

2.     I hand-wash /line dry my clothes.

3.     I don’t have a car.

4.     I use the Lemon Bus, which runs on used chip fat oil.

5.     I only go to the store 2-3 times every 10-week-term.  Everything else is bought form the co-op, which I can walk to.

6.     I buy things on sale or in charity shops.

7.     My rent’s taken out of my account automatically. = never late/obverdraft.

8.     I use BBC I Player as it saves me money on a TV license and will save me money on electricity (it’s included in the rent atm)

9.     I meal plan, but not obsessively and we eat a lot of vegetarian meals..

10.  I keep a budget, although I’ll spend recklessly one week I’ll make sure it balances out to an average that’s under my set budget. E.G. I’ll spent £50 one week but by adding up all the money spent, dividing it by how many weeks, it’s still under £25.

11.   I use a laptop rather than a desktop computer; it uses less energy.

12.  I don’t go out to or rent movies.

13.  I recycle paper and cardboard.

14.  I take food and drink (nettle tea in a thermos at times) to lectures to save money and the environment.

15.  I cut my own hair.

16.  I’m learning to knit so I’ll be able to make my own scarves and hats eventually.

17.  I use a Pay and Go tariff which means I only spend £10 every 3 months on topping up credit.

18.  I don’t buy cards for Yule/Christmas or Birthdays.

19.  I use eco-friendly liquid wash.

20.We buy in bulk.

21.  I use cans of sweetcorn and press-ups for exercise instead of free weights or the gym.

 

What do you do? What could I do to add to this even though I’m living in shared and rented accomodation on campus where we only have Co-Op shops? Any ideas on saving money while out with housemates?

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One thought on “Frugality

  1. Nothing jumps out off the top of my head for other suggestions, though, since you have the basics, and more, already covered from what I remember of my university house-sharing days. Kudos!
    I suppose getting a big stack of cloth napkins (like the fancy restaurants use) to replace any paper towels is a long-term penny-saving move, since they cna be tossed in with laundry to clean, and use less net energy to manufacture/clean than disposable paper ones do.
    Otherwise, great job so far!!

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