Frugal Living

Uncommon Ways to Save Money Every Month

We all know the usual advice about giving up our daily coffee or cutting the cable to help us save money, but there are so many more unusual ways that we could all be more frugal, that I have decided to collect some of them together in this post. If you think you’re already doing everything you can to save money, think again and check out these uncommon ways to save money…

Sign Up for a Subscription Box

Okay, so you probably think I’m crazy to suggest signing up to something unnecessary that actually costs money, but hear me out. As you can see from the list of subscription boxes at, many of these boxes contain products that are worth a fair bit more than you pay for the box. So, if you regularly buy beauty products, whiskey or whatever, you could actually save money by signing up to a subscription box that deals in that specific thing. Of course, this only works if you would be buying the stuff anyway, so don’t be tempted to sign up for something you don’t really need.

Unsubscribe from Email Lists

One of the best things I ever did was to unsubscribe from the vast majority of marketing emails I received. Every time you buy something online, unless you’re careful when it comes to the tick boxes, you get signed up to various newsletters all trying to sell you stuff. Nothing removes the temptation to buy stuff you don’t really need than unsubscribing from these emails. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss, and it will save you money.

Wash Your Hair Less Often

Most people wash their hair way more often than is necessary. If you’re washing your hair every day, you’re doing it wrong. You see, if you wash your hair too often, you get rid of all the natural oils that keep it from getting too dry. Many stylists suggest only washing your hair once a week, but if you’re prime to very greasy hair, you might need to wash a bit more often than that. Either way, if you stop washing so frequently, you can save quite a bit of money on the cost of shampoos, conditioners, etc. over the course of a year.

Shop at Thrift Stores

Okay, so there are some things like food and underwear that you will want to buy at regular stores, but for the most part, you can meet most of your needs, and meet them well, by shopping at thrift stores. There are so many clothes, gadgets, and pieces of furniture in great condition available at thrift stores, that you’d be mad to not at least check them out before buying new.

Put a Brick in Your Tank

If your water bill is higher than you would like, you can save as much as $100 annually by simply putting a brick into your toilet cistern. The brick will displace some of the water that is usually flushed, which means every flush is more economical.

Cut Down on Couponing

Sacrilege you say! I know that coupons can save you a small fortune – we’ve all seen those stories of people who’ve paid only a few cents for a couple of hundred dollars worth of groceries – but for many people, the coupons at places like   encourage overspending and impulse purchase by making them think they’re getting a better deal than they really are and by prompting them to act quickly before they miss out. If you can’t give up couponing completely, at least bear this in mind and take a closer look to see if you’re really making a saving with every coupon you find.

Pay with cash

Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy to overspend when you’re paying with your credit card? I have, and I think I have the answer. When you aren’t handing over any actual cash, it is easy to feel like you’re not spending much at all, whereas, when you physically see those bills changing hands, it feels like a very real loss, which can help to curb your spending. Paying with cash, of course, also means that you can only spend money you’ve actually earned, which will help to keep you out of debt. When you don’t have to worry about servicing debt, you can save more money and do the things you would really like to, so cash really is king.

Retire to Bed Early

This one might be a bit extreme, especially if you’re something of a night owl, but if you go to bed an hour or two earlier than you normally would, you’ll be using less electricity to keep your home light and ensure you’re entertained. You’ll also have more hours when you can benefit from natural light.

What are your more unusual tips for saving money?

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