Well July has been a tough month financially with a gazillion birthdays & entertainment expenses, the water/council rates due anytime now, a $900 heater repair bill, my timing belt on my car due to be replaced, & being a family of 3 living on a single income I thought I would jump on the tightening purse bandwagon for the month of August. Which frugal followers will join me on this penny pinching exercise?
*Not to buy any NEW items (excepting food).
*Write a realistic budget & stick to it.
*Upcycle old things & give new life to them instead of discarding them.
*Compost food scraps (ok this is more for environmental reasons but its a valid point none the less).
*Joining the local library & borrow out books, magazines & dvds.
*Saving the coupons that arrive in the mailbox. You never know what will come in handy. We get takeout once a week so pizza coupons & 2 for 1 deals are quite handy.
*My friend Rach suggested a swapmeet between friends where you bring any excess household stuff you have to swap. Such a brilliant idea so nothing goes to waste.
*Instead of buying a new outfit borrow a friends if your have one that is similar in size & taste. Or you can rent designer dresses online at a fraction of the cost.
*Planting herbs that you constantly use in cooking; basil, rosemary, mint, thyme. Saves you buying a bundle everytime you make a dish.
*For those with kids, hit the markets & buy thrifted toys its amazing what you can buy for little money. Or better yet join a toy library where you pay an annual fee & can borrow out different toys all year round which saves you buying them.
I will be posting frugal tips all month & welcome any frugal tips you may have to share:)
Happy Sunday friends!