Life

50 Easy & Low-Waste Ways to Save Money

Today we’re getting frugal over here on Victoria Kaitlin! I thought I’d share with you 50 simple ways to save some money just by doing everyday things, but with a focus on trying to be low-waste!  I’ve sorted these tips into three categories — beauty, household, and lifestyle!

BEAUTY

1. Eliminate the bulk of your beauty products. I can assure you, they’re not all necessary. Figure out what you love, and don’t repurchase the rest.

2. Make your own beauty products — like soaps, deodorant, lip balm, etc.

3. Cut your own hair. It’s pretty easy to do and there are so many free tutorials online.

4. Do your own manicures/pedicures. Again, it’s super simple and will save a ton of money.

5. Make your own foaming hand soaps with a foaming soap dispenser. (You can also do the same thing with dish soap, body wash, etc.)

6. Invest in a safety razor. After the initial investment in the razor handle, it will literally cost pennies per razor blade.

7. Let your hair air dry rather than using a hair dryer. It’s way better for your hair and it doesn’t use any electricity. Tip: wash your hair at night, so that there’s more time for it to dry.

HOUSEHOLD

8. Turn down your thermostat by a couple degrees in the winter and up a couple degrees in the summer.

9. Also, consider using a programmable thermostat that allows you to set a certain temperature for while you’re out.

10. When it’s breezy outside, turn off the air conditioning and open windows for fresh air.

11. Turn off the lights when leaving a room. It’s better to turn lights on and off as you come and go, rather than just leaving them on.

12. Wash laundry in cold water rather than warm or hot. Cold water generally cleans just as well.  And it helps items last longer.

13. Speaking of laundry — only wash items when they actually need to be washed. It’s so easy to feel like something needs to be washed after wearing it once or twice, even if it’s not dirty; but it doesn’t need to be.

14. Also, use less laundry detergent. Depending on how dirty your laundry is, the recommended amount of detergent per load is not needed. Consider using half that amount.

15. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth/washing your face at the sink/washing the dishes/etc. Not everyone has to pay more if they use more water, but it’s still better to not waste water.

16. Shower in cool water rather than hot. This will make you shower quicker, which will use less water…and by not using as much hot water, it will save money either on your electricity or gas.

17. Cut out any disposable kitchenware (like plastic or styrofoam plates, bowls, forks, knives, spoons, straws, cups, trays, etc.). They’re convenient, but they’re costing you extra money and they’re bad for the environment.

18. Use cloth napkins/dish towels/any cloth instead of paper towels.

19. Turn off and unplug any non-essential electronics when not in use.

20. Hang your laundry to dry instead of putting it in the dryer.

21. In rooms with good sunlight, open window curtains/blinds in the winter to bring in extra heat, and keep them closed in the summer to keep it cool.

22. Use a fuzzy sock to dust your house instead of disposable dusters. After using it, just throw it in your next load of laundry and use it again.

23. Make your own cleaning products.

LIFESTYLE

24. Carry and refill your own water bottle instead of buying plastic ones.

25. Plan your meals. This way, less food goes to waste — which means less money leaves your wallet.

26. Prepare and pack your own lunch, rather than buying lunch.

27. Use reusable containers instead of plastic bags or paper bags for lunches.

28. Cook/bake from scratch (e.g. homemade muffins, breads, soups, etc.), rather than buying packaged foods.

29. Save your vegetable scraps in a container in the freezer to make your own broth/stock.

30. Make the library your best friend.

31. Check thrift stores first.  Whatever it is you’re looking for, the thrift store likely has it!

32. If you’re able to, consider walking/running/biking/skateboarding/etc. to more places. It takes more time, but it’s good for health and it saves money.

33. Also, public transportation is cheaper than driving, too, so if it works for your lifestyle, take advantage of it!

34. Buy food in bulk…it saves money and there’s typically less packaging.

35. Use reusable bags instead of buying plastic bags at the store…it won’t save a lot of money, but why spend money on something that’s just going to end up in the garbage?

36. If you can, sew up small holes or tears in clothing, rather than just throwing them out. It’s honestly so easy.

37. Switch to a menstrual cup if you can. It’s more of an upfront cost, but if you take care of it, you should have it for years. Not everyone is able to use them, though, so don’t feel bad if you can’t.

38. Don’t buy unless you need something.

39. Keep an inventory of everything you use, and watch for sales as things start to run out.

40. In the summer, grow your own vegetables/fruit in your backyard or on your balcony in reusable plastic bins.

41. Try growing your own herbs and spices right in your kitchen. It’s much cheaper than buying spices in the store…and there’s very little packaging involved.

42. Cancel some or all of your physical subscriptions (like magazines, sample boxes, etc.).

43. Avoid eating out. It’s expensive and, in some circumstances, it creates unnecessary waste.

44. Skip your morning coffee run to Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Second Cup, etc. This could literally save some people over $1000 a year! If you must get it, bring your own mug.

45. Also, please avoid K-cups — they’re super wasteful and they’re so expensive.

46. Reuse glass jars (from spaghetti sauce, jam, etc.) to hold dry foods (like flour, pasta, etc.)

47. Avoid trendy, low-quality clothing. It won’t last — so it will be a waste of money — and it all ends up in the landfill. The fast fashion industry is a serious problem.

48. Consider a clothing exchange with your friends and family. New clothes and no cost!

49. If you love watching movies in the theatre, go on cheap days (and bring your own snacks). If you love the museum, visit when it’s free.

50. Eat plant-based. Meat is expensive and it causes tremendous animal suffering and is bad for the environment and our health.  Many of the cheapest foods in the grocery store are plant-based.

I hope some of these tips are helpful to you. I follow most of these tips in my life, and they really make a difference!

Let me know some of your simple tips to save money!

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