· If you are paying for extra cable channels AND a service like Netflicks, perhaps you are paying twice for the same enjoyment. Consider getting rid of one (or more if you are really indulgent). If it were up to me, I’d ditch cable altogether and watch things on youtube and hulu.com. I find enough to keep me busy at the latter which is an ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, FOX and many other networks and studios.
· One frugal thing I do is buy clothes that can be washed by me—I hate paying money to a dry cleaners. I handwash delicates and have even washed my husband’s suits and pressed them myself –although I DO generally pay for suits and coats to be cleaned. I do know I’ve saved tons over the years on this one item
· Speaking of clothes, I am terrible about staining the front (ok, sides, back, sleeves) of my clothes. I keep a lot of white and beige tops that go with anything in my mix and match wardrobe, but It’s hard to find these. When I see white or beige tops on sale I buy four.
· I bought small fancy flavored coffee grounds for holiday gifts and saved back a few for me. I add a couple tablespoons to my sale coffee and spread the luxury a little.
· The FDIC has a nice publication called Practical Advice for Everyone on How to Save and Manage Money
· Gardenweb has many great forums, but my favorite is the frugal gardening forum. Here is a link to what these folks think are their best frugal gardening tips.
· I’ve had good experiences buying contact lenses online with http://www.1800contacts.com/ While my eye doctor’s office has rebates, they are a hassle and nowhere near the savings I get online. The online service beats *mart prices even.
· One of the ways that I have saved money over the years is to have a homesteading mindset. You can do this in the middle of the city and on a little acreage. I could say more but there are some nice explanations and links here:
· Even if you live in a first floor apartment with a patio you can have a garden.