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a dozen ways to be frugal

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Here are a dozen ways that I try to be frugal

  1. Not owning a car
  2. Living in an ‘up and coming’ rather than established area
  3. Shopping around for insurance and utilities
  4. Putting everything possible onto direct debit for the discounts
  5. Wearing extra jumpers rather than turning up the heat
  6. Walking everywhere instead of taking the bus
  7. Using discount supermarket Lidl
  8. Borrowing books from the library
  9. Cooking from scratch
  10. Using my loyalty cards whenever possible
  11. Checking out the reduced section in the supermarket
  12. Booking rail travel in advance

What else should I be doing?

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5 comments for “a dozen ways to be frugal”

  1. So nice to find a reasonable blog from UK. Most are US and keep talking about Roths and 401ks… Anyway back to the point…

    Shopping with a shopping list (prevents buying too many unwanted bargains)

    Taking lunch to work (unless lunch is free at work - I wish!)

    If got a garden and a water meter then a water butt is handy. Otherwise use vegetable water to water house plants.

    One additional clear benefit of extra jumpers is it reduces risks from slipping and falling as you are well cushioned.

    You must live somewhere with good public transport! A car is vital for me… but I have managed with luck and care to keep the car going for over 10 years now.

    Posted by Not George either | July 7, 2007, 12:04 am
  2. Yeah, I loved riding the trains in Europe, but the US is just too spread out. It is more economical to own a car in most areas. Mass transit requires either lots of time or different combinations of train, buses or taxis in order to get anywhere.

    Posted by rocketc | July 9, 2007, 2:15 pm
  3. @rocketc
    Yep, its a great reason to be proud of Europe. Although, when I travelled round the states it was surprising how well you could do without a car. And if you have kids they’d probably love the experience of going on the bus (if you can manage it).

    @Not George either
    Here’s to hoping we won’t need the extra padding of the jumpers any time soon. Glad you like the blog.

    Posted by plonkee | July 9, 2007, 3:55 pm
  4. Be careful when you are buying greatly reduced merchandise at the grocery store. I have found that very-cheap produce manages to go bad very soon. Maybe this isn’t a problem for large families, but it is for single people.

    And I have noticed that often very heavily-discounted things like aspirin or vitamins are near their expiration dates. Again, whether the purchase is worth it may depend on your family size, but read the labels.

    Posted by Thrifty Yankee | January 4, 2010, 4:00 am

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