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Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips For Frugal Living

Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips For Frugal Living
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Confession time: I’m a cheapskate. I am fairly frugal (though not always), but sometimes I take it too far: I have T-shirts with holes in them, I never buy new clothes, we’re shopping for a new couch because our current one has holes in it, and I ran my current pair of running shoes until the soles fell off. However, I have gradually learned to be frugal in many ways that I would recommend to others. Why live frugally? All of which you might believe, but I believe I do have a life. So, if you’d like some tips on frugal living, here are just a few, from a cheapskate. Go with one car. —Read more about simple productivity, focus and getting great things done in my book, The Power of Less. Related:  Frugality

Frugal Tips - Saving Money Tips “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.” -Barbara Bloom You know what one of my favorite things in my house is? It’s a bunch of candleholders that I made from small jelly jars. All I did was wash them out and stick some tea lights in there. They’re the best candleholders I’ve ever had. My jelly-jars-turned-candleholders have history, and good memories. Here in America, we have a serious “throw it away and buy something new” problem. But by doing this I think we’re robbing ourselves of the lessons the Japanese have learned a long time ago. The lesson is that the items we use everyday become dear by our use and familiarity with them. I have to tell you that when my copy of Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time finally came in, I was enraptured from the first page. Fabulous. Let’s go: Last Word… Simple.

7 Ways to Enhance Focus, Creativity, Productivity and Performance Back in my corporate lawyer days, there was one guy who everyone hated. Not because he was mean or underhanded or cut-throat. He was actually quite nice and always willing to help. People hated him because he was good. While everyone else fretted and froze under the dizzying pace and pressure of the job, he seemed to always keep it together, to thrive and even come alive as the fire got hotter. He wasn’t an adrenaline junkie or cowboy. I used to wonder what he was doing differently. Because if it wasn’t genetic, if it was something that could be learned, I wanted to know. I never figured it out before I left the law. Turns out, there are a handful of things most super-performers do different that underlie or, at least substantially accelerate their success. Time for Mindset Domination Strategy #2. In part 1 of this series , we introduced the first of three little-known practices that turbo-charge your creativity, productivity and develop breakout problem-solving ability—Building In Space.

5 Things to Do at 50 with No Retirement Savings EmailEmail Sometimes, it seems as though personal finance advice is all about what you should have done. But we’re all able to easily identify the mistakes we’ve made in the past. The important advice is what you should do to correct those old mistakes. Shoulda coulda woulda is singularly unhelpful in those situations. This is particularly true when it comes to retirement savings. 2. 3. 4. 5. Starting your retirement savings late is not ideal. Tagged as: 401k, Retirement Special Offer: Trade free for 60 Days and Get Up to $600! Related Posts

COZY LITTLE HOUSE: How I've Learned To Live Frugally My life changed pretty drastically a couple of years ago. I was divorced and moving to a different state, and wondering how on earth I was going to pull this off. The dogs and I crossed the border into Oklahoma and I thought: Well, another chapter in my life begins. What kept ringing in my years in those early days were someone's words, meant to make me feel small. "You can't make it by yourself." I'm pleased to say that, through thick and thin, I have managed to make it. Now I'll tell you how I learned to live frugally. 1. Wait, if you possibly can, until you have two to three errands to run before you head out. 2. It was two cups of coffee for years. If you want to eat out, lunch time is the cheapest time to go to restaurants. Restaurants tend to serve big plates of food. I sometimes order a pizza online and have it delivered. For supper (which is what we call it around here), I tend to have a potato. The next night I will have a baked sweet potato. 3. 4. I don't go to movies. 5. 6. 7.

Frugal Mom - Frugal Living & Work at Home Ideas : Frugal Mom Living Wage Calculator 70 Reminders to Help You Break Any Barrier | Learn This - StumbleUpon I am pleased to introduce this guest article by a new friend John, the creator of HiLife2B, where he hopes to inspire people and to help them achieve their dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @janyasor 1. Believe that even the smallest compliment can save someone’s life 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70.

How to Downsize Your Lifestyle EmailEmail Many of us look around and wonder how we ended up with so much stuff. Sometimes I wonder why I spend the money I do on things that don’t get used a whole lot. There is a lot to be said for a little more simplicity, as many people have discovered during the recession. It is possible to spend less money, and still live a full life. Examine Your Expenses and Your Priorities Before you can downsize your lifestyle, you need to understand what you are spending money on, and decide whether there’s a better way to use your money. Look at all of your spending. Next, consider your priorities. Decluttering Your Life Another essential step in downsizing your lifestyle is to get rid of the clutter in your life. Technology can make your life easier in this regard as well. Making a Plan Finally, you need to make a plan for your money and for your life if you want to downsize your lifestyle. Choose which aspect of your lifestyle you want to downsize the most, and start there. Related Posts

How to Live Frugally Reddit user manbeef says: "Hit up a couple of grocery stores in your area or look at flyers. Compare your food staples and see which store is cheaper. Hopefully you'll notice a trend. In my area, I have three grocery stores to choose from: one is overall a lot more expensive, but has a lot of unique and hard-to-find items; the second is expensive, but has a good selection of produce and meats; the third one is cheaper overall, but lacks some items. "What you should be able to do is walk into a store, look at a product, and know what a good price for that product is. Reddit user seriouslyjessie shared a listing of national averages for various grocery staples.

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