If you’re on a tight budget, saving for a major expense like a family vacation or down payment on a home, or simply get a rush every time you save money, then you’re in luck. Thanks in large part to the Internet, anyone just about anywhere can find a whole slew of ways to save money. I personally love saving money but I feel like I’ve tried (and mastered) many of the more “conventional” ways…so, what is a Freebie Finding Mom to do now? 🙂 I’ve scoured the Internet to come up with 10 new (and slightly weird) ways to save money. Sure these are weird ways to save money, but they do save you money and none of them are all that difficult making them just fine in my book!
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10 Weird Ways to Save Money
Weird Way to Save Money #1
Hit the showers…or not. Don’t wash your hair as often. You can save money on water and expensive hair products by reducing the number of times you wash your hair in a week. Plus, you can also save money on electricity by not having to use your hair dryer or other hair styling tools (ex. curling iron). You may think this sounds like a really weird way to save money (and potentially even a little unhygienic) but simply try washing your hair one time less each week and see how much you save both in terms of money and time. You can also save money on expensive hair care products by making them at home. For example, try this coconut oil hair mask to get beautiful, healthy hair.
Weird Way to Save Money #2
Give the maid the day off. Okay, at your house you’re probably the maid, but you can still save money by not cleaning your home as often. If you put off cleaning a little bit longer than you normally do you can use fewer cleaning products. Also consider using cloths or towels instead of paper towels when cleaning in order to save money. If the thought of cleaning your house less frequently makes you cringe then at least consider making your own homemade cleaners to save money.
Weird Way to Save Money #3
Say bye-bye to diapers. Potty training your child early is a great way to save money. Getting your little one to use the “big boy” (or girl) potty early will save you big bucks on diapers and wipes. Plus, I’m sure you won’t be sad to see diaper changing go. Hmmm, maybe this isn’t such a weird way to save money.
Weird Way to Save Money #4
Painting party…on the roof. Believe it or not, painting your roof can save you a fistful of cash. According to Mother Nature Network, homes with a white roof may be able to reduce that AC bill by up to 20%. In addition, you may be eligible for rebates or other financial incentives as a reward for “going green”.
Weird Way to Save Money #5
Skip the salon. Salon bills can be outrageous especially when you factor in things like highlights. Instead of going to the salon once a month, try to go longer between cuts, coloring, and other treatments. In addition, when it comes to little ones, consider cutting their hair at home or visiting a place slightly cheaper…after all no two-year-old needs a $50 cut.
Weird Way to Save Money #6
Go off the grid. Okay, you don’t have to move to a cabin in the middle of nowhere with no running water or electricity, but simply getting off the computer can save you money. You’ll cut your electric bill and probably avoid temptation to buy that new pair of shoes. Plus, you’ll have more time to spend with your family and that’s truly priceless.
Weird Way to Save Money #7
From trash to treasure. Just because someone else is throwing something away doesn’t mean it’s trash. Save money by being a “garbage picker” and taking goods from your neighbors curb on trash night (it may be a good idea to ask first). Our neighbors throw out some pretty great stuff. I have noticed everything from toys to large TVs. This seemingly weird way to save money may just score you some awesome stuff.
Weird Way to Save Money #8
Be a dog. Dogs aren’t wasteful, they’ll eat just about anything. You should try to acquire this trait. Instead of pitching leftovers, find creative ways to use them up. You’ll be amazed at all the money you save on food.
Weird Way to Save Money #9
Ban bottles…at least for a while. Breastfeeding longer is not only good for your child but also good for your wallet. I am not advocating breastfeeding till your child enters kindergarten but what’s wrong with breastfeeding till your child’s first birthday?
Weird Way to Save Money #10
Freeze! While your freezer may be filled with meat, pizzas, and vegetables, try to find room for some other household goods. For example, according to Mother Nature Network, storing nickel-metal hydride batteries in the freezer can extend their life by as much as 90%. You can also make pantyhose last longer by storing them in the freezer. Even food items you typically wouldn’t store in the freezer can benefit from the cold. For example, coffee will stay fresh and last longer when left in the freezer.
These 10 weird ways to save money may seem, well, odd but they work. Add these tips to your money saving arsenal and forget about how strange they may appear.
Do you know of other weird ways to save money? Share them in the comments.