With the low Canadian dollar, you might be tightening the purse strings around your house. Perhaps you’re eating out less, doing laundry in cold water, buying generic brands, and so on to save money. But if you want to save to the extreme you can take these actions a step further and reach new levels of frugality you never thought possible!
Your kids may roll their eyes. Your neighbours might be embarrassed to know you. But you pay them no attention, as you are willing to do whatever it takes to save money!
Follow these tips to become the ultimate cheapskate!
1. Nab ketchup and/or sauce packets from fast food restaurants
Why buy expensive bottles of condiments when restaurants give these away for free!?
2. Go to the local wholesale store for free food samples
Say yes to all the samples! Do this around noon, and you have lunch for the whole family.
3. Wash and reuse disposable plastic cutlery
Be an eco-friendly cheapskate by washing plastic forks, knives, and spoons.
4. Carefully remove wrapping paper so it may be reused
Be like your grandma and carefully remove the wrapping paper and neatly fold it up to reuse later.
5. Only buy holiday presents on Boxing Day
Make a pact to not buy each other gifts until Boxing Day when everything is on sale.
6. Eat hot dogs, spaghetti and cheap canned food for every meal
Use your free condiments to add flavour!
7. Cut your own hair
It might be a bit crooked, but it’s free, right?
8. Pick through your neighbours’ recycling bins for bottles and cans you can redeem for cash
If you scrounge for enough bottles you can make a decent amount.
9. Train your cat to use the toilet
Save on kitty litter by training your cat to use the toilet like a human.
10. Put fake plastic flowers in your garden
Have a garden that’s always in bloom by sticking fake flowers in the flower beds instead of planting real.