One of my favorite go-to books is The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I never get tired of reading through the pages and pages of frugal living ideas. Even though the edition I have is over 15 years old, most of Amy Dacyczyn’s tips still apply, and I am always looking for ways I can incorporate her ideas into my life.
I have a true frugal spirit, and I am always pushing the limits to make things last longer and to re-use things in unusual ways. I have caught myself standing at the garbage can having a conversation with myself about throwing something away. I usually end up leaving the item on the counter for 30 minutes until I am sure it can not have another life doing something else.
Here are five of my favorite frugal living ideas from Amy’s book, The Complete Tightwad Gazette.
- Toilet Paper Tubes – Use an empty toilet paper roll to gather up the excess electrical cord on kitchen appliances, lamps, and electronics.
- Crayon Bits – My grandchildren love to peel the paper off their crayons, so when they break I place a variety of colors in a muffin tin and melt them in the oven. Once they are cooled, I pop them out and have little crayon wafers the kids can use to color with. They love the unusual shaped crayons and keep them busy for hours.
- Mesh Onion Bags – I cut off the metal clip and knot and tie the end after I place all my saved slivers of soap in it. My hubby’s hand get pretty dirty after working on the tractor, or in the garden and this makes a great scrubber for those extra dirty hands.
- Extra Crib Sheets – Crib sheets work perfect to use as a seat cover in the backseat of your car. Even though I don’t have children at home anymore, I still have car seats in my car for my grandchildren. It fits perfect for under the car seats and they double as a protector when I take the dog to the vet.
- Bacon Plastic – This has to be my favorite tip of all time! I am a quilter and am always looking for things to make templates with. The plastic that comes in a bacon package is the perfect thickness for quilting templates.
If you have not read The Complete Tightwad Gazette, I would highly recommend it and if you look for ways to save money and live more simple you will love this book.
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