Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ways To Cut Your Expenses

There are many ways to cut back, cut down or cut out expenses. Below are some things that you too can do to save those oh so precious greenbacks:

- Trash pick what you need. I found two cane backed club chairs on the sidewalk while running one day. Someone stopped mid-way refinishing then so I painted them high gloss white and reupholster the seats using fabric we had laying around the house. The table/desk pictured below was stained dark brown which I stripped and finished with a clear poly gloss finish. The table is a two for one as it unfolds, swivels and turns into a dining table. I can't believe that someone threw this out!

-Rent movies from the library - they're free!
-Get your books from the library - they're free too
-Cut your own hair
-Polish your own shoes
-Quit the gym and walk, run, bike or scoot to the office
-Do your own manicure
-Make your own coffee
-Make your own meals from scratch. Anything mad from scratch is much cheaper!

-Bake your own bread. At 3.99 a loaf you could get 4 loaves by baking your own (Buttermilk bread loaves pictured below.)

-Make your own pizza or flat bread.

-Go to museums on free or discounted days
-Stop downloading music
-Duct tape anything that breaks
-Read books online (Google Books)
-Do your own wash
-Create a buying club to leverage discounts

Yes, I do all of the above so I do put my money where my pen writes. If you have more ideas to save, please share them.
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