Most people that visit, Three Thrifty Guys, will notice that we post on a number of topics from avoiding pre-mades to investing to holiday gift ideas. However, today I'm getting back to basics and focusing on how to save a few dollars for our readers. Here are a numbers of ideas that I implement in my life that may help you:
- Couponing – since having our third child in 2009 we've started couponing to help save on our family a few dollars. A few websites I utilize are MoneySavingMom, iheartwags, CouponGal, and MojoSavings. I also used YouTube to find how other people were organizing their coupons.
- Buying in bulk – when I read Teri Gault's Shop Smart, Save More I realized that coupon with buying in bulk with help compound your savings. The biggest take away I had from the book was that most products go on sale in 3 months cycles. This way you should buy enough of a certain product (i.e. toilet paper or cereal) to last you at least 3 months until the next sale.
- Making our own cleaning products – by watching my grandparents live I realized that a lot of expense cleaning products can make at home and a lot cheaper! Some products I make at home include window cleaner & all purpose cleaner, and Swiffer wet jet wood floor cleaner. I'm still looking for a good organic laundry detergent, so if you have any tips, then post in the comments!
- Detesting debt – after watching my dad go through bankruptcy and seeing my grandparents live debt, I knew I wanted a life not like the typical American. To the point where I detested debt like agent Smith detested “reality” in the movie the Matrix. Agent smith “hates this place, this reality. It's a zoo!” While you watch this Matrix scene think of the correlation to how people in debt are in bondage to the slavery of debt.
- Stop buying crap – I love how Aaron's grandma put it in her 2010 interview when Aaron asked her what advice she had for people. Simple put she said, “Stop buying crap!” Buy things that last and not stuff that is cheaply made in China or that will give out in less than a year. I wish more people today would say obvious truths like Aaron's Grandma, June!
- Learn new trades – don't pigeon hole your self into only knowing one skill. Diversify you knowledge either through online training or shadowing someone (i.e. Mentor/Mentee). When tough times hit, then you'll hopefully be in a better position to weather the financial storms.
- Buy used (Goodwill/Garage Sales) – when I was in 7th grade one of my classmates stopped me on the playground, and said to me, “Charlie, I think you are wearing my old jacket. Ya, that is my old jacket! My mom sold it on our garage sale this weekend. See my last name's on the inside liner.” Talk about a major embarrassment for a middle school student!! Regardless of what society says it isn't shameful to buy used!
These are just a few ways that my family and I save money on a daily basis. I'd love to hear some ways you save money!