Admit it. We all do things in our private lives that we’d think twice about sharing with others (I’m not talking gross here, people). I’d like to spill seven of my frugal habits today in hopes of inspiring you to embrace your inner cheapskate! In all honesty, I think these are good practices and have no intention of changing them any time soon. I’m totally down for seeking ways in my everyday life to keep expenses low. And it just so happens that most of these habits are closely related to waste reduction (rather than straight up money savings), which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
- I wash and reuse zipper baggies. If I had something really wet or messy inside, it could be bound for the trash after one use. But often it just takes a quick inside-out rinse and air dry to be as good as new! Reducing the amount of plastic I use is a bonus, as well.
- I don’t shower every day. Yes, I’ll admit it! I don’t see the need to shower every day if I still feel clean and smell good. Water is a limited resource in Southern California and anything I can do to reduce my usage is just helping out.
- I do my own pedicures. If I can do something myself for a fraction of the price it would cost to pay someone else, I’ll generally go that way. My schedule isn’t so crammed that I can’t take about an hour every month to give my feet some love.
- I track every cent I spend. I discovered YNAB (You Need a Budget) a couple of years ago and finally transitioned from tracking purchases and monthly reconciliation in a checkbook ledger to digitally. I was way old school! Now, I easily enter every purchase in the YNAB phone app or desktop software and managing my daily finances hasn’t been easier! I’ll do another post with more details on how I use this for those of you who want to get down and dirty with your money.
- I don’t throw away food scraps. I try my best not to waste food, but when it comes to things like apple cores, slimy spinach leaves, and egg shells, I’m just not going to eat them. So, I toss them into the worm composing bin on my balcony and let them slowly create fertilizer for my plants. Worm poop is awesome! It keeps a little less food waste out of landfills and can make a fun gift for gardener friends.
- I’ll eat leftovers for DAYS. I’ll cook up a storm on Sunday night and eat the exact same left-overs for lunch practically the whole week! Sure, I can get tired of it by Thursday, but saving $10-20 on daily lunch out is worth it to me.
- I like cleaning my house. Many people I know hire a cleaning service for their homes (especially those who have kids). I actually enjoy spending a couple of hours at home each weekend to clean and do laundry myself. I’m not quite sure why. I think it enforces the pride I have in owning my condo, as well as my adage of not paying someone else if I can do it on my own.
That wasn’t so bad! Now it’s your turn to come out of your frugal closet and share your habits to keep a little more money in your pocket.