7 Easy Tips for a More Frugal Lifestyle

Being frugal does not have to mean sacrificing quality or following overly complicated methods to save money. In fact, there are simple things that you can do every day that will help you get more out of everything that you purchase. Below are 7 effortless tips to be more frugal and stretch your money the farthest today.

1. Separate your bananas.
Divide them from the stem and keep each banana separate to maintain freshness. They ripe too fast because of the ethylene they produce and separating the bunch slows the process significantly.

2. Extend the life of your lettuce.
This tip works for most leafy greens: wrap it in paper towel and place inside a zip-top bag to maintain the crunch and freshness.

3. Add weeks of shaving life to your razor.
After using your razor, remove the excess water off, dip it in alcohol, then store in a dry place outside of your shower. This cleans the blade, prevents rust, and ensures you do not need to buy another one any time soon.

4. Extend the life of your mattress.
Did you know that flipping and rotating your mattress every three months can extend its life span? Better keep this tip in mind because good mattresses are expensive!

5. Use less personal care products.
Try this experiment this week: halve the amount of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and detergent you use and check if you can see any difference. Chances are, there will be none and you would have saved a considerable amount of money.

6. Airdry your clothes.
If you have the space, you can save a lot by unplugging your dryer. Also, that lint you see on your clothes is signs of disintegration from the tumbling. Using a clothesline is gentler on your clothes and more energy efficient.

7. Make your leather shoes last longer.
First of all, get the soles lined with rubber to prevent them from wearing down. Second, do not wear them two days in a row. The rest will keep moisture at bay and make your shoes last longer.

Ian Schindler