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So, I’m not very frugal about clothes, or in fact many other things. I’m a lot more middle of the road - not too wasteful but not saving a great deal either.

paint canAt the moment, the frugal thing that I’m most proud of is that I walk everywhere I possibly can rather than taking the bus. Sometimes this strays into the cheap, like the time that I walked 2 miles home with 5 litres of paint. But most of the time it’s in the frugal tradition - it doesn’t harm me to do so and I can actually derive pleasure from it.

What frugal habit do you have that you are most proud of, or is your favourite? Let me know in the comments. 

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12 comments for “tell me about your favourite frugal habit”

  1. 1) I don’t own a car. 2) I cut my own and my husband’s hair. 3) I don’t have cable TV, only whatever few channels I get for free.

    Posted by Canadian | April 1, 2008, 1:48 pm
  2. Interesting question!
    If we are allowed more than one,
    1) I have never owned a credit card and
    2) I tend to save like mad for no particular reason. I think it has something to do with that book “Love is not enough” by Merryn Somerset Webb I read last year, that said you need at least £400,000 saved in order to retire comfortably for 20 years!! Ever since then I have topped up my yearly ISA and when I run out of allowance, top up my other savings account. When I find myself wanting to buy things I could use the money for, I am reluctant, and usually don’t end up using it.

    This sort of attitude has kept me in credit for about 5 years now. :)

    Posted by Kerstin Doe | April 1, 2008, 2:58 pm
  3. I was all set to answer this but I don’t think I’m very frugal either. I do some frugal things but not in order to be frugal, does that count?
    1. No car- can’t afford it and I can bus and walk everywhere I need to.
    2. No TV- mostly because 5 years of student living mean that I’ll watch anything if it’s there.
    3. No landline- cell phone and skype only.
    4. Cook from scratch- because I enjoy cooking and baking.
    5. Library- because I read a lot (10-12 books/month) and can’t afford to buy that many.
    Sadly I think my unfrugal list might be longer!

    Posted by Looby | April 1, 2008, 5:24 pm
  4. I did a post about this a few weeks ago… to pick my favorite, I’d say volunteering at my CSA. Does wonders for my grocery bill!

    Posted by deepali | April 1, 2008, 6:08 pm
  5. My two big ones are walking to work instead of driving or catching the bus, and using the library. That one alone saves me a fortune!

    Posted by debtdieter | April 1, 2008, 8:15 pm
  6. My favourite is probably emusic.com The annual membership (which I think gives me 75 downloads a month) saves me a fortune, because I purchase it at bonus time and then it limits my music spending. I’m generally low maintenance, but tunes are a definite weakness. One of my worst habits used to be spending on CDs/downloads. Before emusic!

    Oh, also maxing my expenses at work. In addition to as much training/conferences I can get away with, there are weeks I put lunches with colleagues (resource planning), drinks (team building) and dinners (due to working late) on my expense report. I’m definitely proud of that one, because a LOT of people “don’t bother” expensing things - don’t ask don’t get!

    Posted by guinness416 | April 2, 2008, 2:16 am
  7. I was pleased with how little I used the heater in my apartment this past winter. Occasionally, wearing two sets of long underwear, a pair of pajamas, and a hat and curling up under a pile of blankets still wasn’t enough to make the cold nights tolerable, but I was able to go for days at a time without turning the heat on at all.

    Posted by E.C. | April 2, 2008, 3:53 am
  8. 1.)I bike everywhere when the weather permits.
    2.) Buy no name goods, unless it’s Wine or cheese or other things that should be brand.
    3.) Clothing is bought rarely but always kept up to date.
    4.)Shorter showers, using less lights, changing everything to CFL’s and general energy conservation to save some money.
    5.) Less use of my heater, only for an hour or two in the morning each day, down from being on all day before.

    Posted by Save Money | April 2, 2008, 8:35 pm
  9. 1) I bike or walk to the store, bank, post office, etc. 2) I use drying racks for laundry instead of the electric dryer, and I’m planning to continue to do so with our cloth diapers once our baby arrives next month. 3) I shop second-hand for just about everything.

    Posted by Frugal Babe | April 2, 2008, 11:17 pm
  10. One of the most frugal things I do involves grapefruit. I love grapefruit, and I eat one every morning. Furthermore, I have not paid for a grapefruit for the last three years.

    My daughter sold Girl Scout cookies very successfully in our neighborhood, and this has morphed into a “take care for your dog and cat” business with some of her cookie clients. One of my daughter’s regular clients has a dog that lives on a hillside and on that hillside are two giant grapefruit trees that bear fruit year round. No one else eats the grapefruit, but me.

    We walk our dog over there regularly and pick up their dog to join us for part of the walk. Every week or two I carry back a big bag of grapefruit. I’m happy, my daughter is happy, and the dogs are happy. I am in free grapefruit heaven.

    Posted by Barb Ryan @ Pasadena Financial Planner | April 3, 2008, 12:54 am
  11. Great question! I’m most proud of cutting the expanded cable television service. If you knew how television-addicted we were before this move you would think it a miracle that we haven’t called to reinstate service.

    Posted by Frugal Dad | April 3, 2008, 3:53 am
  12. @Frugal Dad:
    Cutting down on tv channels is a great way to be frugal. It’s sometimes surprising what we don’t miss when we don’t have it.

    Posted by plonkee | April 3, 2008, 12:55 pm

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