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It all began with a challenge to snap a picture of a thrifty act each week for a month, during that month I discovered people really liked my thrifty people tips, and so I started writing about them as many Fridays as I could (some weeks the thrifty people muse doesn’t visit me but instead the resale fairy visits)
Almost 2 years later I have shared 23 articles with 10 thrifty tips and 1 article with 20 thrifty tips making a whopping 250 thrifty tips covering all kinds of areas of finances, from dating, to groceries, to camping and more.
250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money
That is 24 articles of 10 points and 1 article of 20 points add it up and you have 250 ways thrifty people save money.
When you click through and read the articles you will find…
10 key things Thrifty People do over and over to save money on just about anything
1. Shop sales and clearance
- 5 clearance rack tips to help you find the best discounts
- 6 ways to increase your savings on clearance items
A thrifty person rarely pays full price and clearance racks are usually just the beginning of the list of tips and trick to pay the least amount possible.
2. Shop secondhand
- Goodwill shopping tips
- How to best shop yard sales
- Thrift store shopping tips
- A thrifty person’s first ThredUp order: will she will order again
- Why This Thrifty Gal Will Shop More Than Twice At Twice
From cars to furniture to clothes, thrifty people know that the way to save a significant amount of money on purchase is to buy second hand.
3. If there is a coupon use it
psst….don’t forget about coupon apps….
- Berry Cart (organic & gluten free foods)
- Checkout 51
- Shopkick (a way to earn money as you shop)
- Receipt Hog
- Yaarlo (use code VICTORIA424 to earn a bonus when you sign up for Yaarlo
4. Don’t buy more than you need
This is hard for bargain lovers, we often get distracted by an “amazing bargain” forgetting a bargain isn’t a bargain if we didn’t need it in the first place. Those cool Christmas decorations might just a dollar a box but if you already have enough decorations each box bought is a dollar wasted.
5. Check Cash back sites and Rebate apps. for further discounts
Cash back sites give any where from 2 to 3 percent back to 8 percent or sometimes even higher on purchases made at your favorite stores when you use their links to take you to the store you want. The cash back is often given in the form of either a rebate check, a paypal deposit or a gift card, depending on the program.
Don’t forget to see what Swagbucks is offering in the way of Swag Bucks per dollar when you purchase through their links as often it is higher.
6. Purchase Discounted gift cards for planned purchases
If you know that you are planning to rebuild your back deck and you know what home improvement store you are going to get your supplies at, jump over to Cardpool and see if you can save on your supplies using discounted gift cards. For instance our family regularly save 7% or more to the home improvement store in our town and over the years this thrifty trick has saved us hundreds of dollars.
7. Make What You Do Own Last Longer
- How Having a “Good Enough” Attitude Can Save You Money
- Save Money By Buying Replacement Parts On Amazon
Taking care of your items makes them last longer and that of course means you don’t have to buy replacements as often saving you money.
8. Watch Daily deal sites for things on your need list
I love Groupon for finding great deals for restaurants in our area for thrifty date nights. I found a 1/2 price voucher for my favorite vitamin website at Living Social not to long ago. Zulily is my go to site for deals on everything from purses, to shoes, to running gear and much much more. If your can’t find a sale you can probably find a daily deal.
I have created a 2 page checklist to help you toss clutter and gain cash through your next yard sale.
9. Sell what you no longer need to help purchase what you currently need
Need a tent for an upcoming camping trip, sell your clutter and not only clean your home but get the tent you want paid for. What ever it is you need to pay for selling things you no longer need is a great way to help soften the blow that the purchase has to your budget.
Check out this post to find out how you can earn $100 in gift cards each month.
10. Use Point reward programs to collect points for gift cards to help pay.
Swagbucks and InstaGC are currently my two favorite companies for earning free gift cards that can help you pay down the cost of items. It is possible to earn as much as $100 a month with Swagbucks . InstGC offers instant gift cards that you receive within moments of earning them, here are a few ways to earn points with InstaGC. . You can always add in a few more point reward companies to make your monthly return even higher.
Want To Know How Thrifty People Find That Time To Be Thrifty?
Thrifty people know that it is just as important to manage your time as it is to manage your money, which is why this thrifty gal loves Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Evenings Course. In just 15 minutes a day for 2 weeks you will learn how to develop better evening habits that will have positive effects on the rest of your day. I myself found 25 minutes each morning by applying the principles taught in the course!
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