In one of her gazette’s Amy Dacyczyn came up with a word related to frugality for every letter of the alphabet and I thought it’d be fun to do it myself (without cheating and looking at hers!)
Appreciate what you already have.
Budget – Keeping track of where your money goes is important!
Exercise at home instead of the gym.
Forage for free wild foods (just make sure they’re okay to eat!)
Garden for fresh produce.
Ice – I used to always buy a bag of ice at the gas station if I needed ice on a trip to keep food cold, but now I usually just fill a bottle (milk or juice jug work great) with water and freeze. I put that in our cooler with the food and it keeps it pretty cool!
Jobs-Even little odd jobs can help the wallet, like babysitting, lawn mowing or window washing.
Kitchen – If you have a kitchen, use it! It can make healthier and cheaper foods than restaurants.
Libraries are great for books, DVDs and all kinds of activities!
Math is a good thing to know when adding up the budget or trying to find the unit price of something.
Newspapers can be used for wrapping paper or even to make bows with!
Obey traffic laws to avoid costly tickets.
Pressure cooking uses less energy and time.
Question all advertisements, they’re trying to get your money!
Research products before making a purchase.
Sewing is a great skill, even just sewing a button back on or patching a hole.
The Tightwad Gazette!! My favorite book on frugality!
Upcycle all kinds of things!
Venison is a delicious meat and can be cheap if you hunt frugally or know someone who does! We’ve found a lot of people hunt deer and either don’t like the meat or get more than they need and look for people to take some.
Water is cheaper from the tap instead of bottled.
X-amine your finances often (okay, I know this one was kind of cheating, but I couldn’t think of how xylophones were frugal).
Yesterday’s mistakes are past, be a good steward of your resources in the here and now.
Zeal -Keep your zeal for frugality by remembering your purpose!
This post is linked at Frugally Sustainable.