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.)
-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.