Who doesn’t want to save money? Maybe you don’t want to spend less than you make, there are always other ways out there. They might not be tips or tricks, but I’m guessing not too many of them have been suggested to you before.
1. Become homeless on purpose. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to pay rent anymore? Imagine all the money you could save by living in your car, on the streets, with family and friends or at a shelter. This also takes household bills out of the equation; no more debating about whether or not to cancel your cable.
2. Full-time camping. This one is along the same lines as the last one, but leaves you with a sense of home. I’m talking roughing it here, not campsites with bathrooms (and fees), but out in the wilderness. You won’t need to worry about where you’ll be sleeping every night and you can still save the big bucks.
3. Goodbye TP. Toilet paper can get really expensive and the prices increases with each household member. If you really want to save money, just forgo the toilet paper. You could always grab some leaves from outside, and it’s better for the environment.
4. The Ramen Diet. Many people one time or another have followed, to some extent, the Ramen Diet. Mostly it’s due to their money being tight, but imagine how much money you could save on groceries every month by utilizing this religiously.
5. Soup kitchens and food banks. Yet another great way to save on your grocery bill. Obviously, this will only save you money if you don’t really ‘need’ it. Scoring free meals and free food could lift quite a burden off your grocery spending.
6. Who needs electricity anyway? Turning off or letting your utilities get turned off can save you a ton of money, potentially hundreds every month. Natural sunlight, candles, flashlights and fireplaces are great alternatives. If people hundreds of years ago could do it, so can you.
7. Shower power! By showering once per week, or less, you can save a lot of money. You’ll be using less water (decreased water and sewer bills), heating less water (lower utility bills), less soap and shampoo, less towels (saves utilities from laundry) and possibly other things. As an added bonus, you might even spend less money going out because your friends or family will suddenly be too busy to hang out.
8. Just say NO! Don’t buy anything you want, nothing, not at all. Stick with your most basic needs only. If you’re successful, you could probably even retire around a decade or so earlier than you normally could. Lots of potential, but be careful…this could lead to financial deprivation.
9. Bum it. Why pay for stuff with your hard-earned money? Just bum it, borrow it or convince somebody else to give it to you. All you need is some friends (with jobs) and neighbors, the more the better. Sugar, eggs, the sky’s the limit. The more you bum, the more you save. Need a place to live? Crash on somebody’s couch and save the dough. This skill can take some time to build, so get practicing.
10. Extreme coupon. Everybody’s doing it and saving like crazy. The more time you spend, the more money you can save. You can also begin
hoarding stockpiling all the free stuff out there, even if you don’t need it. You could always sell some of it to pay your rent, just think outside the box. Oh, and don’t forget to dumpster dive for your coupons, you don’t want to actually pay for them. While you’re in there, why not grab some dinner, many people throw away perfectly edible food.
Note: I don’t actually suggest trying any of these ways to save money.
Would you try any of these?
What the craziest thing you’ve done to save money?
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