70 Frugal Living Tips To Save Money: Part 2

Last week we talked about the various ways to become more frugal in our homes with these 26 frugal living tips.

Today, I’d like to talk about ways to be frugal when it comes to transportation and groceries. Both are variable expenses and should be easy to cut back on.

Here are some frugal living tips when it comes to your groceries and transportation:

Transportation

27. Keep your tires at the right pressure for optimal fuel efficiency.
28. Wash your own car. It’s easy to do and a great way to save money.
29. Drive your vehicle until it falls apart, all the while, saving for your next one.
30. Combine errands. Avoid making multiple trips and instead try to do all of your errands at once, to save on fuel.
31. Walk instead of drive. Save money on transportation costs and get some exercise at the same time.
32. Keep up with routine vehicle maintenance. The better care you take of your vehicle, the longer it will last.
33. Consider becoming a one vehicle family. Think long and hard about whether or not you actually need to have more than one vehicle. If not, get rid of the excess.

Groceries

34. Bring re-useable bags with you when you go shopping, so you don’t have to buy plastic bags.
35. Buy generic. This applies to food, beauty products and even medications. Most often, the generic brand is just as good (sometimes better!) than the name brand.
36. Menu plan. Create a weekly or monthly menu plan and stick to it as best you can. Doing so will allow you to create a shopping list – only buy what’s on your list, that’s it. This is a great way to avoid impulse purchases.
37. Learn how to price match and do it whenever possible, to save money on transportation costs.
38. Cook at home, instead of spending a fortune on restaurant meals.
39. Take advantage of mail in rebates to save money on your grocery bill.
40. Grow your own vegetables and herbs. This is much easier to do than it seems, and can save you a great amount of cash.
41. Make your own baby food. Puree your own vegetables, fruits, etc. and save money. Those tiny little jars at the grocery store are WAY overpriced!
42. Use cloth diapers instead of disposables. The initial cost for cloth diapers is much cheaper than having to purchase disposable diapers every few weeks. Plus, it’s much better for the environment.
43. Eat less meat. Consider having at least one meatless meal every week.
44. Look over all of your bills to make sure you weren’t over-charged for something.
45. Use coupons. This is one of the best ways that you can save money on your grocery bill, but there are also coupons available for clothing stores, restaurants and more.

Do you do any of the frugal tips above?

Of course, don’t feel obligated to do every single thing on this list. You can be frugal just by participating in a few of them. Small changes can equal huge savings!

Do you have any frugal tips to share?

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Comments
  1. Trish says:

    Hi there,
    I noticed taking a bus to work instead of driving (if possible) as way to be frugal.
    I notice in this economy with wanting to save money and the cost of gas people are not turning to public transpor. Believe in the fact that the more people who take a bus the better the transit system will become. I find it sad that so many would rather pay parking and high gas prices than just jump on a bus…our society has built a stigma around public transport and really when people are trying to be green and frugal this never seems to pop or be used an option.

    T

  2. Jennifer says:

    I saw on a tv show once this man who doesn’t pay more than $1 for any cleaners for his bathroom and didn’t realize how much I spent in the past on them … needless to say I only use Comet now and it usually goes on sale for $0.50 can at Canadian Tire every month. It may take a little extra scrubbing but works just great!!

  3. Carrie says:

    his one drives me nuts – Bring re-useable bags with you when you go shopping, so you don’t have to buy plastic bags. I can’t believe we have to pay for bags at supperstore and shoppers – I remember walmart trying that and it did not go over at all.

  4. Betty says:

    One thing only to clean (bathrooms, kitchen or whatever): I’m a firm believer in Mr. Clean “Magic Eraser”. All you do is wet them & start scrubbing; rinse periodically. in my experience it works way better than comet!! We used to have a lot of iron in our water @ our old house & the best thing to take it off besides using lime away or CLR (all toxic materials) was the magic eraser. They last pretty well depending on how hard you have to scrub!!

    Some people I know even use the magic eraser to wash their floors by hand saying it cleans better than floor cleaners. I was a non-believer @ first but now I use it on everything that needs cleaning or stains taken off (walls, floors, etc.)

  5. Amie says:

    Using cloth diapers is my big one. I have used the same diapers for 2 kids now and I’ve saved tons of money on diapers and wipes. (I use cloth wipes too) The best part is that when you are done with your diapers you can re-sell them and get up to 60% of their initial value.

  6. Theresa says:

    Would love to live with one vehicle, but we live in the country and hubby is a shift worker. 2 vehicles are very necessary.

    Great tips

  7. Julie says:

    Tea vs. Coffee

    I just purchased a box of Tetley tea at SDM for $3.99 (and used a coupon for 2 for 1). So, for $4 — I now have 144 teas (more if I re-use the tea bags) which works out to about 2 cents per beverage.

    I’ve been thinking that if I switch over from coffee to tea, I’ll be saving A LOT of money.

    A big tin of Tim’s coffee costs $18. That’ll give me about 40 coffees plus I buy cream and the paper filters for my coffee which works out to about 52 cents per coffee.

    Instead of spending $400 a year (stops to coffee shops included) I’ll spend $15. Wow. About $385 saved. Pass the kettle!

  8. Shauna says:

    My mom uses vinegar, water and the blank paper she get with her flyers. I have seen her use that stuff and it works well. Mind you have to really scrub the glass a little bit harder than you would paper towel and cleaner. But I didn’t believe her at first until I saw it for my self.

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