We asked how you are a thrifty shopper and you responded with some great suggestions and 15 effortless thrifty tips!!
Guys, this list is amazing and so helpful!! I know that I’ll be implementing some of these in my routine. 😊
How about you? Check to see if there is anything in the list that you didn’t know or surprised you and let me know in the comments below. It was so much fun to get this list of so many amazing ideas that I might have to do it again soon!
Here is the list of all of your thrifty tips!
I also included a printable just for you to print off and keep for yourself. Enjoy! 😀
- Shop Consignment Stores: Shop consignment stores for your kids. They outgrow their clothes so fast that paying retail for something that they wear just a few times is just not worth it.
- Meal Plan: I meal plan for two weeks at a time and shop twice a month. I have created different meal plans and a grocery list for those meals. Before I go shopping, I shop my pantry and freezer first. I typically meal prep for the week on the weekend. This saves time and stress preparing weeknight meals and also keeps us from eating out.
- Keep Lists: I have a list of items I need on my phone so I always have it with me when I am in different places. I always check sales racks and the back of stores like Target where they keep their clearance items. I also always check to see if there is a coupon before I go shopping. Generally, there is a coupon or a price match.
- Make Use of Everything: I buy whole chickens instead of packaged pieces and use the bones to make chicken stock, which I can freeze for later. It’s cheaper, tastes better, and doesn’t have all those bad chemicals/preservatives in it.
- Reuse: I keep tissue paper and gift bags to reuse. Seldom have to buy them.
- Clean with Vinegar: I use vinegar and bleach to clean just about everything in my house.
- Wash in Cold: I wash all my clothes (except sheets) in cold tap water.
- Use Chalkboard Paint to Revive Old Items: I use chalkboard paint to give thrift store finds a cheap Makeover. Only takes one coat, no primer needed.
- Price Match: I try to price match everything!
- Grocery Pick Up: Clicklist through Ralph’s grocery or WalMart grocery lets you order your groceries through the site, go to the parking lot, and they will bring it all out for you. I save time, not having to get my kids out of the car, and it helps the budget because I’m not just piling things into my cart that I don’t need.
- Find Ways to Repurpose: For Instance, sometimes you get to keep hangers that are included with pants when you purchase them. Cut off the clips and use them to seal chips or anything.
- Make your own. I won’t go into all the possibilities here, but many times we buy things when really, we could make them ourselves for much cheaper if we get a little creative. Now, this might take a little more time and effort, but it can be fun, especially if you make it a family project. We recently made our own shelves with only a piece of lumber, instead of buying them. If you don’t know how to make something, search for it online. You’ll most likely find some instructions.
- Declutter to Save Cash: Go into a room and go through every single item in it. Do you really need that item? Are you happy that it’s there, or would you be just fine if it were not? If you can find stuff to get rid of, get rid of it – it just creates clutter and it might have some value to others. Also, you’re likely to get a lot of cleaning done in the process.
- New Trick on eBay: I’m not 100% sure that this will work but I learned today of a new trick on eBay on a website here. It’s definitely worth a shot to get a great deal.
- ThredUP: Have you ever heard of a website called thredup.com? If not, you should check it out. It has so many designer clothes and accessories, including maternity clothes, for a fraction of the cost!