The web is full of tips and tricks on the subject of frugality. This is list of ten that I either adhere to or have had a laugh about (while thinking “Hmmm, maybe I should….)
Shop at Aldi and Lidl – What surprised me about this was just how much it reduced my grocery bill. Most other comments you read about them are also true.
Spin out Gillette razor usage by Stropping – Yeah, I bought a rubber gizmo to strop my blades on from Amazon at fourteen quid. It worked. Then I read you got the same effect by running the blades down your soapy forearm. That works too. (Using the reverse motion you’d use for shaving, making sure the blades aren’t poised to shave.) I can make a Gilette blade easily last a month of daily use this way.
Turn off car air con to save Petrol – I’m not even sure that this works, but an old taxi driver who used to regularly pick me up from Heathrow Airport would do this until I realised why I was sitting in a pool of rancid sweat in his old Rover.
Cut dishwasher Tablets in Half – Oh, I’m tempted by this one.
Walk & Bike – Maybe it’s stating the obvious to use this method of transportation as an alternative when you can, but never mind the environment, think of the money you’re saving.
Drop a brick in Toilet Cistern – This cuts down your water usage. No idea what it will save in the year, I just like the simplicity of it and the unarguable fact that it will ensure you use less water.
Library Reservation Service – I’ve saved about twenty quid a month on Kindle downloads since rediscovering my library, its on-line reservation system and cross referencing it with the 200 or so books on my Amazon Wish List.
Skype/WhatsApp etc – I was late to the party on this. Quality of the call isn’t all that great sometimes but come on, it’s free!
The Pirate Bay – Ehrm, maybe I shouldn’t admit to this…..
Using Teabags Five Times in a Row – I think that’s enough Frugal Tips