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53 Ways You Can Embrace Frugal Living Today

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Think frugality’s not for you? Think again!

For some of us, frugality comes naturally. But for others, frugal living conjures up images of a miserly, meagre existence. No wonder so many tune out when the topic of frugality comes up!

But what if I told you living frugally doesn’t have to be painful or boring? And—what if I also told you it could bring financial peace, security, and even freedom? It’s true. A frugal lifestyle can provide all this and more.

In this article, I’ll share the whys and hows of frugal living. Then, I’ll get you inspired and motivated by sharing my 53 favourite frugal living tips. Ready to start saving? Let’s go!

Why Embrace Frugal Living

I love frugality. (I really do! If you don’t believe me, check out my interview with myselfthis post, and this podcast episode.) There are so many benefits to living a frugal life, and I wholeheartedly vouch for all of them. 

But for those who aren’t frugal weirdos like me, I get it. If you need more convincing, that’s what this section’s for. Below, I’m sharing some of the top reasons to embrace frugal living. I hope they’ll bring you over to the frugal side!

It’s Easier Than Earning More

Frugality is the simplest, quickest way to improve your finances. When compared with increasing your income, living frugally is far easier. You don’t need special training, knowledge, or tools to save money. Simply pick a tip and get started TODAY!

I think of frugality and saving as low-hanging fruit. Take those easy wins and use them to propel your finances forward.

It’s Powerful

Underneath the simplicity of frugal living is its incredible power. With a few frugal choices, you could save thousands of dollars every year. Those thousands of dollars could become tens or even hundreds of thousands when saved and invested over time. 

Imagine the options and freedom that kind of money could bring to your life. Frugality can help you get there.

It’s Freeing

Being frugal can play a huge role in helping you reach financial freedom. How? It increases the gap between your income and expenses. This gap is your savings. When invested wisely, your savings are what will get you to financial freedom.

While a decent income also plays a part, you won’t get far if you spend it all. Frugality is the other half of the financial freedom equation. Embracing it can help you reach your goals sooner.

It’s Painless (When Done Right)

Some people think frugality is difficult and takes the fun out of life. They’re just doing it wrong! The truth is, living a frugal life can be completely painless. 

The key is to focus on your values. Cut back hard on things you don’t value. Then, enjoy spending on things you do. That’s the secret to frugality without deprivation.

It’s Rewarding

Maybe I’m a money geek, but I find frugality and saving to be incredibly rewarding. Seriously, though—how can you not feel good about slashing an expense in half? Or cutting out a no-longer-needed expense?

Frugal changes like these are undeniably rewarding—both emotionally and financially. If you’re having a hard time embracing frugal living, try focusing on the rewards. That may be what you need to get started.

It’s Fun

I honestly find frugal living to be lots of fun. That’s because it’s not ALL about cutting back and saving money. In fact, much of it is about getting creative and learning new skills and ideas.

Also, it often requires connecting with and learning from others. This, too, can bring more fun and enjoyment into your life. All of this just makes frugality even more rewarding.

How to Embrace Frugal Living

So, now you know the whys of frugal living. It’s time to learn how you can start embracing this way of life. It isn’t hard—especially if you break it into manageable steps. 

That’s what I’ve done for you in this section. Have a read and get ready to start your frugal living journey!

Gather Ideas

Get started by learning about the many ways to save money through frugality. To give you some ideas, I’ve listed my 53 best frugal tips in the next section. If that’s not enough, I share even more resources in FI School Lesson 2: Frugality and saving.

Start Thoughtfully

Try to be thoughtful when choosing your initial money-saving tasks. Don’t start with overly difficult or drawn-out ones. This could sap you of motivation and derail the whole process. Instead, select tasks that are relatively easy to accomplish and give you a boost.

Keep Your Values in Mind

When considering frugal ideas, always keep your values in mind. As mentioned, this is the best way to prevent feelings of deprivation. You’ll also gain a greater sense of satisfaction when your frugal decisions are true to your values. In turn, this will motivate you to keep going.

Take on Higher-Value Tasks

Once you tick off some of the easy tasks, it’s time to take on some of the harder ones. They may require more time and effort to complete, but they’ll usually make up for it with bigger savings. Make the leap and go for it—it’ll be worth it!

Tally up the Savings

Keep a running tally of the money you’ve saved. (It might be fun to display your progress using a colouring sheet or wall chart.) This will increase your motivation to continue working through your money-saving tasks.

Make Plans for the Savings

Start making plans to put your savings to work (or enjoy a portion of it)! This can also help to keep your motivation high and feed the virtuous cycle of frugality. 

Related: FI School Lesson 7: Investing

Put the Savings to Work

Finally, it’s time to put your newly-gained savings to work. You could pay off debt, deposit it in a high-interest savings account or invest it. As you watch your net worth increase, you’ll further fuel your desire to find even more ways to save money. 

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53 Ways You Can Embrace Frugal Living Today

Okay, now we’ve got the whys and the hows of frugal living covered. Are you pumped up and ready to start saving? In no particular order, here are my 53 favorite frugal living tips to help you save money and spend less. (And maybe even reach FIRE—financial independence, retire early!)

1. Regularly revisit recurring expenses

Revisit your recurring expenses to see if you can reduce, cut or optimize them. For example: do you still read that magazine? Could you get away with less mobile data? Revisit your expenses annually (at minimum) plus anytime your needs or life situation changes.

Related: Learn we optimize our expenses in How Much Does it Cost to Live the FIRE Life in Vancouver?

2. Shop around and get new quotes

Every year or so, shop around and get two to three new quotes on your recurring expenses. Switching to a competitor or taking advantage of promotions could save you hundreds.

3. Ask for loyalty discounts

Instead of leaving for a competitor, try negotiating with your biller. Call and ask to speak to the retention department. Mention how long you’ve been a customer, then negotiate for a discount or get them to meet (or beat) a competitor’s rate.

4. Pay annually (or all upfront) instead of monthly

Some billers offer a discount to customers who pay their bill once a year or all upfront versus monthly. Insurance, online services, and some medical services often offer this payment option.

5. Pay with a credit card

Maximize your spending by paying with a rewards credit card. Even better—use a card that offers higher-earning categories. (For example, groceries, gas, restaurants.)

Related: My Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Review

6. Pay in cash instead of with a credit card

Often, smaller businesses will offer a discount if you pay in cash or with your debit card. (I know this tip goes against my previous tip! But in some cases, the savings are greater than any credit card rewards you might earn.) 

7. Register for refer-a-friend programs

Many billers and banks offer refer-a-friend programs where you and/or your referred friend receive a bonus. Sometimes, the referral bonuses can be quite lucrative, so always check to see if your biller or bank offers them!

Related: Check out the many bonuses you may be able to access by using my referral links!

8. Skip extended warranties

Resist the alluring sales pitches to buy extended warranties. They’re rarely worth it. Since you’re now a frugality expert, you should be saving enough to cover any issues that arise.

Related: You Don’t Need an Emergency Fund (You Need an Emergency Plan)

9. Raise your deductibles

This is an easy way to potentially save hundreds on your insurance. Raise your deductibles as high as you can afford. Your coverage will remain the same, but your policy premiums won’t—they’ll be much cheaper!

Related: In my April to June 2021 update, I discussed my decision to stick with high deductibles

10. Fine-tune your coverage

Thoroughly read the details of your insurance policies. Are you paying for coverage you don’t need? For example, jewelry and fine collectibles on your home insurance; rental car coverage on your car insurance. Remove unnecessary coverage and enjoy the savings! 

Tip: if you’re looking for fully-customizable home insurance, I use and recommend Square One Insurance. Bonus: if you use my link, you’ll receive a $25 credit!

11. Ask about discounts

Most insurance companies offer senior, group, corporate, alumni, or profession-specific discounts. These discounts are sometimes not publicly shared, so you may need to ask to access them.

12. Use an insurance broker

When purchasing insurance or applying for a mortgage, you’ll often do better by working with a broker. Brokers can access quotes from multiple companies. That means they can often find you a better rate than you’d be able to find yourself.

13. Ditch bank accounts with fees

So many banks now offer fee-free accounts. There’s no longer any reason to use accounts with fees or minimum balance requirements. You can also do even better than that! Try to find a no-fee account that pays you high interest and functions as a checking account. 

Tip: for this, I highly recommend my favourite bank account—the EQ Bank Savings Plus Account.

14. Understand your account fees

Keep in mind that fee-free bank or investment accounts may still have hidden charges. You could incur them if you’re not aware. Be sure to understand any potential fees and how to avoid them.

15. Request a fee waiver

Even the best of us make mistakes! Call your bank or brokerage to plead your case if you slip up and are charged an account or transaction fee. Often, they’ll offer a one-time fee waiver. It’ll cost you a mild scolding and a promise not to do it again—but it’s worth it!

16. Invest in low-cost index funds or ETFs

Consider investing your money in index funds or ETFs when you’re ready to put your savings to work. They’re effective, easy to use, and the fees are ultra-low. (Tip: check out the resources I’ve listed in FI School Lesson 6: Index Investing to learn more about this style of investing.)

17. House hack

Want to live in your house for free (or close to it)? Try house hacking! Some ideas include: renting out your basement, taking in roommates, or Airbnbing your guest bedrooms. You may also want to consider my family’s house hack of choice—hosting international homestay students.

18. Live in a walkable/bikeable area

Save big on transportation costs by living in an area that’s walkable and/or bikeable. By avoiding the need for a car, you’ll save money, get healthier and help the environment! (Tip: visit walkscore.com to find walk, transit, and bike scores for most cities in the world.)

19. Meal plan

Plan your meals one to two weeks at a time, basing your meals on what’s on sale (see the next tip below). This frugal living skill not only saves you money but time and stress as well. (No more coming home and wondering what’s for dinner!)

Related: I share this tip and more in How to Reach FI on One Income, With Kids, in a High Cost of Living Area

20. Check flyers and shop sales

One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to check flyers and shop sales. Doing so could easily save you thousands every year. (Tip: use flyer apps like Flipp and Reebee to quickly and conveniently find the best deals in your area.)

21. Buy discounted food

This is one of my favorite frugal hacks! Look for services like Flashfood or Imperfect Foods. They sell close-to-expiry, ugly, or overstocked food at heavily discounted prices. We use Flashfood regularly, and it saves us 50% or more on quality, still-tasty groceries.

Related: My Detailed Review of Flashfood

22. Get a freezer

Make the best of sales by stocking up and buying in bulk—then store the excess in your freezer for future use. By doing this, you won’t need to buy groceries at regular prices or wait for sales. You can simply ‘shop’ from your freezer!

23. Reimagine leftovers

Combat food waste and boredom by getting creative and reimagining your leftovers. For example, turn a roast chicken into chicken noodle soup, chicken salad sandwiches, or fried rice. (Tip: look online to find recipes for your leftovers. Often, you’ll discover new dishes that may be even yummier than the original dish!)

24. Clean your fridge

If you notice your food’s spoiling sooner than expected, try this simple fix: clean your fridge. You’ll likely find this fixes the problem. You’ll save your food from an untimely early demise, and save money!

Related: I share this tip and more in How to Save $40 a Month With Three Easy Fridge Hacks

25. Cook pasta (and other noodles) efficiently

Instead of keeping your cooktop on the entire time, try this energy-efficient technique:

  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Drop in the pasta.
  • Stir the pasta to prevent clumping.
  • Bring the water back to a boil, then turn off the heat.
  • Put the lid on the pot.
  • Let the pasta soak for 10 minutes.
  • Try it for doneness.
  • If it’s not done, try it every 2–3 minutes until fully cooked. 

Note: I learned this cooking technique from The Complete Tightwad Gazette. It’s the bible of frugal living!

26. Start baking during preheating

Did you know that most dishes don’t require a preheated oven to start cooking? Save energy and time by putting your dish into the oven when it’s still cold. During preheating, your food will slowly come up to the right temperature. This, in turn, reduces the overall cooking time and energy use.

27. Use the smallest appliance possible

If a smaller appliance will get the job done, use that instead of a larger one. For example: use the toaster oven instead of the wall oven, the Instant Pot instead of a pot on the stove, the hand mixer instead of the stand mixer. This saves you energy and, in turn, money!

28. Eat out at lunchtime or during happy hour

If you enjoy eating out, you could save big by avoiding the dinnertime timeslot. Many restaurants offer happy hour specials or the same meals at a discount for lunch. As a bonus, you’ll also avoid dinnertime crowds!

29. Share meals

My family can usually fill up on three restaurant dishes between the four of us. A typical restaurant dish costs $20 or more (plus tax and tip). Sharing dishes can add up to significant savings and helps to avoid overeating!

30. Take leftovers home

If you can’t finish your meal, ask to have your leftovers wrapped to take home. Don’t forget to also pack uneaten dipping sauces, side dishes, and bread. They’ll get tossed anyway—why waste delicious food that you spent your hard-earned money on? 

31. Use coupons and group deals

Don’t be shy about finding and using coupons and group deals when eating out. They’re a fun and frugal way to try new restaurants (and you could discover a new favorite spot). But don’t forget: being frugal is the goal. Being cheap is not—so make sure you tip on the undiscounted amount!

32. Avoid ordering drinks and desserts

Drinks (alcoholic or not) are often the most marked-up items on restaurant menus. Desserts have a lower markup but are nonetheless costly for what you get. By enjoying your drinks and dessert at home, you’ll not only save on the menu price but also taxes and tips.

33. Shower less often

This may seem weird or gross to some, but it could become the norm if discussed more often! Unless you live in a hot, humid climate, you could very likely shower every other day (or less) without issue. Your skin, wallet, and the planet will thank you for it! 

Related: My guest Court discusses this and much more in her interview, How Much Does it Cost to Live the FIRE Life in Cochrane?

34. Wash your laundry less often

Not only can you wash your body less often, but the same goes for your laundry! Clothing, towels, and bedding do not need to be washed after every use. If the item still smells and looks clean, keep wearing or using it until it truly needs a wash. It’s a time, energy, and money-saving win-win all around!

35. Hang dry everything except the smallest items

Save money, energy, and wear and tear on your laundry by hang drying and avoiding the dryer. I realize it can be a pain to hang up many small items. So, reserve your dryer for socks and other tiny items. (Don’t forget to throw your hang-dried towels in the load—see the next tip!)

36. Add dry towels and dryer balls to your dryer loads

To soften your ‘crunchy’ hang-dried towels, pop them in the dryer with your damp laundry. The moisture from the wet laundry will soften the towels. And the towels and dryer balls will speed up drying time and fluff up the rest of your laundry. (It really works!)

37. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Did you know that ‘free’ or discounted cell phones from cellular providers are financed via your phone plan? It’s rarely a good deal, so opt instead to buy your phone elsewhere (preferably used) then BYOD to your carrier. You could easily save hundreds this way.

Tip: you can BYOD to my favourite Canadian cell carrier—Public Mobile. Bonus: if you use my referral code (YR0Z30) you’ll get a $10 credit!

Related: Read my interview with myself to learn more about why I love Public Mobile (and all the other ways my family saves money).

38. Keep your devices longer

So many of us have fallen into the ‘normal’ routine of upgrading our devices every two to three years. It’s time to stop the madness! For the sake of your wallet (and our planet), resist this cultural norm and hang onto your devices for as long as you can. Four to five years is a more reasonable lifespan for phones (and five or more years for tablets).

39. Buy used

Always shop the used market first! Even like-new items sell for a fraction of their original purchase price. Buying used does require patience and effort, but it usually pays off. This is especially true when you’re done with the item and resell it for the same price or more! It’s essentially like renting items for free (or close to it).

40. Use Camel Camel Camel

If you do a lot of shopping at Amazon, you’ll love Camel Camel Camel. It’s a website that helps you monitor Amazon for price drops on items you’re interested in. When an item you’re watching drops in price, Camel Camel Camel will send you an alert. (Tip: prices can change quickly on Amazon, so jump on it when you get an alert!)

41. Use rebate sites

Sign up for rebate sites like Shopper ArmyRakuten, and Great Canadian Rebates. These sites allow you to earn cash back on your online purchases. Watch for bonus events when you can earn 2x, 4x, or even 10x the normal rebate on your purchases! (Tip: check multiple rebate sites before making purchases. Often, the cashback amount is significantly higher on one site.)

42. Buy discounted gift cards

Discounted gift cards are a great way to save even more at your favorite stores! (You can purchase them in both physical and electronic formats.) Shop for them at websites such as CardswapGift Cards Wild and Raise. Typically, you’ll get bigger discounts on gift cards in larger denominations and for less-popular stores.

43. Stack strategies

For maximum savings, stack every money-saving shopping strategy that’s available to you. Here’s how:

  1. Pay for your discounted gift cards with a rewards credit card.
  2. Use a rebate site to earn cash back on your purchase.
  3. Use a discounted gift card to pay for the purchase.

44. Shop clearance and sale items only

Train yourself to ignore regular-priced items. Instead, head to the sale/clearance section of your favorite store or website. You’ll typically save 25–50% on these items, but the discounts can be even higher. (This blows the typical 5–10% off offers on regular-priced merchandise out of the water!)

45. Find and use promo codes

These are getting harder to find, but it’s always worth a try. Search online for promo, discount, or coupon codes for the stores you shop at. Typically, these coupons will get you free shipping or 10% off your purchase. (Tip: if you’re also using a rebate site, check the terms and conditions. Sometimes, using a coupon will void the cashback offer from your rebate site.)

46. DIY everything you can

One of the best ways to save a lot of money is to DIY everything that you can. Here are some ideas to get you started: cooking, baking, home and car maintenance and repair, renovations, haircuts, pet grooming, vegetable growing. The possibilities are endless! (Tip: YouTube is one of the best, free ways to learn how to DIY just about anything.)

Related: It’s the Perfect Time for DIY Haircuts!

47. Mend and repair your stuff

Mending and repairing things is, sadly, becoming a relic of the past. This is terrible for our wallets and the environment. Thankfully, the right to repair movement is gaining steam. Fight back against disposable culture. Turn mending and repairing into a normal part of your frugal living routine!

48. Maintain your stuff

Maintaining your stuff goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip. Take care of your belongings and regularly maintain them. It will save you money and prevent the need to mend or repair them in the first place. (Tip: set recurring reminders on your phone so you don’t forget to take care of routine maintenance tasks.)

49. Travel as a group

Travel can be very costly. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to save on vacations and trips. Travelling as a group is one of them. Group travel can net you valuable discounts through bulk purchases and shared accommodations, and transportation.

Related: I share this tip and more in How to Reach FI on One Income, With Kids, in a High Cost of Living Area

50. Stay in Airbnbs

This is my family’s favorite form of travel accommodation! Airbnbs are typically more affordable than hotels. Also, there’s usually a kitchen to cook or reheat meals (which saves money on eating out). We also love that Airbnbs are actual homes. This gives us a more authentic travel experience. 

 

51. Embrace slow travel

Slow travel is one of the best ways to make travel more affordable. How? When you slow travel, you can spread out the cost of transportation (e.g., flights, trains, etc.) across many more days. This brings your per-day cost way down. Slow travel also gives you time and flexibility to select slower, more affordable modes of transport.

52. Travel hack

Travel hacking is the process of earning credit card points to pay for your travel expenses. You could end up paying little or nothing for flights, hotels, and other expenses. It’s a fantastic way to turn your regular spending into free or discounted travel!

Related: FI School Lesson 12: Travel Hacking 

53. Put your frugal living thinking cap on

This final tip will help you go beyond the tips in this post. Anytime you’re faced with a spending decision, get creative. Ask yourself how you might be able to do it more frugally. Over time, you’ll get better and better at it. (It’s like exercising a muscle—so practice often for best results!)

Conclusion

I hope this post inspired you to embrace frugal living. When you live frugally, you’ll save money and time and lighten your footprint on the Earth. What’s not to love? Take action now by picking one (or a few) tips from this article and get started!

Looking for more frugal living tips?

If you’re ready for even more ideas to save money, I’ve got you covered! 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Maria @ Handful of Thoughts
    August 12, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Great list Chrissy. I’m familiar with most of what you listed but #25 about cooking pasta was new to me. Guess there’s always something more to learn.

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      August 15, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Hi Maria—that pasta cooking tip is pretty neat! Our Indonesian relatives also cook noodles this way (fuel is very expensive in Indonesia).

      I think small reductions in energy use like this could collectively save the world not just money, but a lot of carbon emissions. I hope more of us will consider making changes like these.

  • Reply
    Teresa
    August 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    I have learned a lot from Chrissy and so lucky to be her MIL! I love all the frugal tips and use many of them especially Flashfood! Every week, I check Flipp on Wednesdays and Thursdays to preview the sales the start the next day so that I can plan my meals. Thank you again Chrissy for your dedication to helping us save money and the younger ones towards FIRE!

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      August 15, 2021 at 9:52 am

      Hi Mom—thanks so much for reading and commenting! I learned many of these frugal tips from you. You’re quite a master of frugal living yourself!

      Flashfood is so amazing. You’ve made such good use of it! I hope the program continues to expand. 👍

  • Reply
    Court @ Modern FImily
    August 13, 2021 at 8:08 am

    As always, a very thorough post with so many great insights!

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      August 15, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Hi Court—thanks for stopping by. I’m sure you already knew ALL of these (and then some)!

  • Reply
    Mrs RichFrugalLife
    August 14, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Great list, Chrissy! I love frugal tips and we do most of these regularly.

    The pasta cooking idea was new to me as well. Though I do use a similar strategy when cooking in the oven, by turning it off early and leaving the food in there for the last few minutes of cooking time. Doesn’t work with baking, but great for most things, especially in our hot summers when I want the oven on as little as possible!

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      August 15, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Hi Mrs. RichFrugalLife—that’s a fantastic tip to turn off the oven early. I don’t do that often enough. I also need to do it more often with anything I’m simmering on the stove. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      Teresa
      August 15, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Actually I do the same when grilling and also frying in my cast iron pan – I turn off the heat when I guestimate how much more time I need. For instance – my steaks take 4 minutes on each side so I turn off after 3 minutes on the second side and let it cook the last minute with no fire on. with baking, I turn off the oven and let the cookies sit for the last few minutes….. Cannot remember if Chrissy mentioned price match. She told me which stores do price matching and I use Flipp (another Chrissy advice) to find deals and then go to the one store that price matches so I get all the deals from one store – saves time and money. This week, it is Lactantia butter – usually $6.98 at our grocery store but a grocery store that is quite a distance away has it on for $3.33 so I got the price matched at my regular store!

      • Chrissy
        August 17, 2021 at 10:54 pm

        Hi Mom—I learn just as much from you as you claim to learn from me! I’m not nearly as expert as you when it comes to cooking efficiently. You’re the master of that! Thanks for sharing this frying tip. I will have to remember it.

        I do love price matching as well! It saves me time and gas when I can get everything at one store. I just wish it didn’t cause such a delay to the people behind me in line. Usually, it’s pretty quick to do a price match, but sometimes it’s a bit of a hassle. 🙁

  • Reply
    Bob Wen
    August 15, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Fantastic list, and it serves as a reminder for me, as I occasionally slip into my old pre-FIRE mindset ways.

    There are a few items where I’ll seek out the best deal I can, but absolutely not the cheapest possible, and that is a vehicle and a cellphone. Reliability is of course important in a vehicle, but for me, having a plethora of safety features is also money well spent – I don’t really want to get my money’s worth out of my life insurance! So, I’ll not skim on a few thousand dollars to forgo, for example, the side curtain airbags or ABS. On the cellphone (and any other device that connects to a network, especially via wifi), it must be able to run the latest operating system to protect against being hacked. For example, earlier this year I had the option to replace the battery (again) in my iPhone 6, but because Apple was no longer updating the O.S. (IOS), I bit the bullet and upgraded to the iPhone SE 2020 – of course stacking a discount, points, and a cash back credit card. I now have a device that is more secure, but also produces much better photos and videos of our new grandson. Sure, it hurt a little to deviate from the frugal path, but I’ve mostly come to terms with it now.

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      August 15, 2021 at 10:01 am

      Hi Bob—I love reading frugal tips for the same reason. It’s good to be reminded, and it’s also good to learn new tips that I may not have discovered.

      I completely agree with you that going cheap isn’t the best idea with some things. You do need to balance quality and price and look for good value. Your phone example is a good one.

      One thing my family does is to pass down older phones to children or to older family members. They tend to not need all the latest bells and whistles.

      However, as you mentioned, there are security concerns to consider as the devices get older. Thanks for mentioning that.

      Overall, I think the sweet spot is around 4 years for a new phone. They’re usually still updated at that point and still very functional and fast.

      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and insight!

  • Reply
    Mrs FDU
    August 17, 2021 at 12:24 am

    We try to do most of this! A lot of it has to do with sustainability too – like not letting food go to waste for example.
    And we LOVE slow travel.
    Mr FDU especially liked the shower less advice, I think he will use this against me for when I tell him to shower HAHA!

    • Reply
      Chrissy
      August 17, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      Hi Mrs. FDU—yes, you’re completely right that a lot of these tips do double-duty. They’re both good for your wallet AND for the planet. It just makes sense, for so many reasons, to live more frugally.

      Slow travel is amazing, but most people aren’t able to take advantage of it due to work/school schedules. This is just another great reason to pursue FI. It can free us to travel slower, from a young age when we’re still able-bodied and have the energy!

      LOL about Mr. FDU. He’s not allowed to use my post as an excuse if he’s been out all day in the Australian sun and comes home sweaty and smelly. 😆

  • Reply
    Dividend Power
    August 17, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Great article on frugality. I only use some of these but could do more.

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      Chrissy
      August 17, 2021 at 10:50 pm

      Hi Dividend Power—thanks so much for reading and for the comment. I think it’s okay to do what we can, when we can, and only if we want. 👍

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