Interesting Thrifty Tips
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Read, learn and share interesting thrifty tips (money-saving tips) here. You’ll earn Credits for everything you do which will help add value to the donation set aside for your nominated cause as well as increasing the size of your own personal Wisdom Trust Grant Fund.
Member6 April 2021 at 10:08 am120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Save money on your weekly shopping.
You’ll save money by staying out of the grocery store and using a delivery service instead. Set a food budget and create a meal plan. Always make a grocery list based on your meal plan and check unit prices online before you order.
Take your lunch and snacks to work and incorporate more meat-free meals into your meal plan. Save leftovers and use them for snacks or to enhance meals later in the week.
Drink more water and less soda.
Save your veggie scraps for broth and your bread ends for breadcrumbs. Use food scraps to regrow your food (romaine lettuce, green onions, etc).
Grow your own food and purchase meat, flour, rice and beans in bulk.
Only buy organic for the dirty dozen (strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, and sweet bell peppers).
Invest in a deep freezer so you can freeze seasonal fruits and vegetables. Slice your meat (turkey/ham/etc) yourself. Go to farms that allow you to pick your fruits and vegetables to save money.
Make your own bread, cake, cookies and other treats from scratch.
Make sure your kitchen has the correct tools to facilitate cooking at home affordably.
Grow your own herbs.
Member6 April 2021 at 10:13 am120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Save Money On Transportation.
Walk to work if you can. Do all your errands in one day. Wash your own car. Clean out your car to remove excess weight and cut down on gas mileage. Get a tune-up. Drive better. (i.e. no speeding, don’t break quickly, etc). Roll your windows down when traveling locally to save on gas.
Invest in a bicycle. Download apps that help you save money on gas. Check your area for local transportation incentives for carpooling. Consider becoming a one-car household if possible.
Work from home if you can.
Keep up with your oil changes.
Member13 April 2021 at 12:58 pm120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Keep your fridge and freezer full to save on unnecessary energy costs.
A fridge or freezer is typically on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But they use much more energy to keep empty space at the correct low temperature than they use to keep produce and other items cool. So, if you’re between trips to the supermarket or grocery store, simply fill up any empty space in your fridge with jugs or bottles of cold water.
And if you have empty space in your freezer, why not buy a few extra loaves of bread next time they’re on special offer at the store and use them to full up any unused space in the freezer. This way, you’ll make sure you’re not wasting money on unnecessary electricity.
- This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by Graham Soper.
Member14 April 2021 at 10:19 am120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Drink Water And Save Money.
When you’re thirsty and need a drink, have a glass of water (preferably tap water rather than bottled water). Too many sodas, teas, coffees and hot chocolates can cost quite a bit each week. But tap water is free. Plus it’ll help you lose weight, lower your risk of heart attack, keep you from getting dehydrated, it will help you avoid headaches and it’s good for your skin too.
- This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by Graham Soper.
Member15 April 2021 at 4:10 pm120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Save up to 50% on the cost of your milk.
If you normally drink semi-skimmed milk, try this. Buy whole milk instead and then mix it half and half with water. You’ll find that the taste is very similar to semi-skimmed milk, with the same lower fat content and the same lower calories (compared to whole milk). But much cheaper.
Member16 April 2021 at 10:56 am120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Make Your Own Smoothies.
Many people drink smoothies as a healthy shortcut to their five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables, but there’s nothing healthy about the price of these drinks when you buy them from a bar, cafe or fast-food restaurant.
Buying a smoothie maker or jug blender and blending your own could save you a significant sum if you’re a regular smoothie drinker.
Member20 April 2021 at 1:57 pm120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Set Your Heating Thermostat Slightly Lower.
In general, humans cannot detect a difference of 1 degree in temperature (or even 1.5 degrees). So why not set the thermostat of your heating at home (or in the office) slightly lower – particularly overnight (when you could actually drop it even lower).
Lower temperature settings for your heating – even such small ones – will mean your energy usage will be reduced. And the result will be that your gas or electricity bill might go down too, saving you a surprising amount of money each year as well as helping you do a little bit more to protect the environment.
- This reply was modified 6 months ago by Graham Soper.
Member22 April 2021 at 12:19 pm120 Fundraising Credits100 Wisdom Points
Use Price Comparison Websites.
Price comparison websites let you compare hundreds of products for home, garden or leisure, as well as many types of financial products and ensure you choose the best one for your circumstances. Whether you’re looking to buy a new fridge, mobile phone, lawn mower, tent, camper van, car insurance, credit cards or a broadband bundle, there is normally a huge difference between the cheapest and most expensive providers, so it’s worth browsing for the best offers on these websites.
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