June 10, 2010

Miss Frugality Shares Her tips

Do you ever run out of money
before you run out of month?

Requested by a Simply Brookes fan
(yeah for fans!)

I decided to post some of my personal favorite
money saving tips when the budget gets tight.

Here are a few things I do when I don't want to zip the credit card,
but use what limited budget is actually in the bank account, however small.

1. Rather than head to the mall, head to the walking trail.
This will kill time, it's good for you and it's free!
Free workout...no membership fees

2. Rent a movie.
Rather than take your family to a movie theater and
pay exorbitant prices for tickets and snacks. Stay home,
order a movie OnDemand, watch in the comfort of your own home and
eat your favorite pantry snacks.
Entertainment at home.

3. Eat in.
Pack your lunch when you leave for the day.
If you are running errands, come home to eat!
This one is a slippery slope.
Simply put...EAT AT HOME.
Hello PB&J.

4. Clean a closet.
Take the time to sort through that utility closet you've been telling yourself
you need to go through. Better yet, actually MAKE MONEY by setting aside items
you can sell on craigslist or clothing you could sell at your local consignment shop.
Potential to actually make $$!

5. Catch up on your reading list.
Relax in your favorite reading nook and read that book you've been meaning to get to.
(Hopefully you even got it at the library...another money saver).
More entertainment at home.

6. Take the family out for ice cream instead of dinner.
That's right. Eat at home (Top Roman, anyone?) and for a "treat" pack the kids in the car
and trek down to your nearest and dearest local Golden Arches. You can get sundaes or ice cream cones for less than $1.50...and that is all without even getting out of the car.
Cheap Treats.

7. Go to a FREE museum or monument.
Walk around, eat your sack lunch, go home.
Perfect day of no spending.
Entertainment for free.

8. Wash the car.
No, I don't mean the kind you drive thru and let the guys hand dry.
Heck, you will burn calories doing this yourself.
Put some elbow grease into it.
Get out the vacuum and don't forget the Armor All.

Hopefully that gave you some ideas or revived some oldies but goodies.
Tell me ways YOU stretch your budget at the end of the month.

I love this stuff...

As always, thanks for visiting.


  1. GREAT list! We took getting the car washed out of the budget and now the kids and I do it. They like to help, so it is a win-win! #1 is great too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love from,

  2. G, always love your positive comments. Glad you enjoyed...yes, #1 could be a hike, too!
    Have a great day,

  3. For even cheaper movies....have you tried the Redbox? Can you say $1 rentals!! Not quite the selection of other rental companies but cheap, cheap! You can go on-line, and put your movie on hold at your nearest red box.

    The eating at home is huge!! To expand on that...make a weekly menu to plan out your dinners. Sometimes the hardest part is deciding what to make on a busy day, if you have already thought that thru than you know you have what you need to make A,B or C alleviating that pressure. Also, keep a few go to easy meals on that list. Spaghetti, Frozen Ravioli's, Burrito Fixings, Frozen Vegetables...you could always have breakfast for dinner. The kids will think it is funny and fun....and it's cheap!

  4. K, You are one of my money idol's. I knew you would be able to contribute to this post! Yes, H just told me about the $1 movie rentals as a matter of fact! Looking into it...don't like the 24 hour rule.

    I've learned from the best (you and H, for sure!).
    Thanks for your take.