What’s the furthest extreme you could go in order to save a buck? Plenty of people have cut back on shopping, dining out and vacations, or they’ve driven old cars and lived in smaller houses. But few are dedicated enough to eat bologna sandwiches every day or start riding a bike. If you think you’ve run out of ways to save extra money, think again. Following are # strange, weird and quirky ways to save extra money… and they really work, too! Will you go to the extreme?
Use Less Water to Flush
Fill a water bottle or small jug with sand or rocks, cap it and place it in your toilet tank. Simply by displacing that amount of water, you save 10 or more gallons of water each day. Over the course of a year, you could save almost $100 on your water bill!
Sounds gross, right? Maybe, but truly dedicated savers aren’t afraid to get down and dirty. But there’s an entire community of frugal folks that admit to and even brag about dumpster diving and all their glorious finds. Dumpster divers have claimed to create entire meals and furnish entire homes from discarded items thrown out with the trash. You’ll always want to be sure you’re in compliance with local law, of course, and not trespassing on private property, either.
Don’t Buy New
Other than groceries, almost anything you can buy new from the store can also be bought second-hand, including cards, electronics, furniture, clothing and housewares. Gently-used items are usually just as good as their sparkling new counterparts, and between pawn shops, second-hand stores, yard sales, Craigslist and EBay, there’s not much you won’t be able to find.
Go to Bed Early
We use the most electricity at night when it’s dark and colder. Take advantage of the daylight by going to bed and waking up earlier in the day so you use less electricity at night.
Exfoliate with Coffee Grinds
If you’re already spending money on coffee, you can turn that into savings on exfoliator. Reused coffee grinds are excellent at exfoliating dry skin. You’ll save money and have glowing skin at the same time. While you’re saving your used coffee grinds, throw some into your garden as fertilizer, too.
Shop on Wednesday
Many groceries stores and supermarkets launch their new sales on Wednesday. If you restrict your shopping to mid-week, you’ll have access to the new deals while they’re aplenty, and some stores will even honor the previous week’s coupons on Wednesday at the same time, doubling your savings opportunities.
If you’re not afraid of being “that person,” start holding on to any extra condiments you get from restaurants, food trucks and convenience stores. Store all those ketchup, mustard, salt, sugar and creamer packs in a big ziplock bag, and chances are you’ll never have to pay for condiments again!
Bathe or shower with your significant other and use practically half the water.
Change the Way You Groupon
Savvy shoppers will confirm you can save as much as 80 percent on your costs if you only dine at places offering a Groupon. Buy why not make money while you save money? Buy your Groupons (of $20 or more) at SendEarnings.com and earn a $5 cash rebate for each purchase.
Paint Your Roof
It may sound crazy, but you can save a bundle on electric bills every year by painting your roof. According to Mother Nature Network, homes with white roofs use 20-percent less electricity to air condition.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to save a buck?