When i clean the lint out of the dryer I dont throw it away, instead I put it in empty egg crates and use it as a fire starter log. I dont throw away lint, or egg crates and dont waste money on fire starters. Sometimes you even get a fresh cotton scent before the fire really gets going. IYAMCHEAP
I have allergies that make buy air freshener costly, and I live in a large apartment building with little ventilation,so it’s really unpleasant if things get stagnant. So instead of buying pricey hypoallergenic products, I buy peppermint extract, dilute with a little bit of water and spritz as needed. Instead of “odor neutralizing” pots, I mix baking soda, peppermint, and a little bit of rice in a tin. It helps get rid of humidity and keep things fresh. Iyamcheap
I sleep on the floor at work. I shower and change at a gym (which is free as I refer a new client every month) I’m a minimalist, I only own 100 items which are kept in the boot of my car. I have no power or accommodation costs. I only eat fruit, vegetables, cereal & fresh meat. I drink nothing but water. My recreational time is spent fishing, camping & mountain biking (all free). I Invest over 95% of my 100K+ net income. This may sound odd, but living like this made me very happy with life.
Free/cheap sources for craft goodies: Junk mail -Nice images, security envelopes with cool pattens on the inside, stuff that can be shredded for gift baskets. Hardware stores-cheaper than a craft store – containers, ball chains & washers to add to scrapbook pages, multicolored duct tape, lots of cool stuff. Antique stores – for paper ephemera like old greeting cards, advertising pages, etc. that can be scanned & used for digi art /printed for collage. I love crafting & IYAMCHEAP
I never seem to be able to decide what I want to eat. So instead of making food-plans and buying food once a week for several days, I go shopping every other day during my lunchbrake and just buy whatever is on sale. This way I can enjoy suprise-meals almost every day, get lots of healthy stuff (as there is ALWAYS something on sale in the fruit- and vegetable-section) and have a much fuller wallet on my way home. IYAMCHEAP
Last time I was in need of a bookcase, I checked the stores and was pretty uncomfortable with prices. So I hit the local construction materials store and went back home with some planks and screws and other stuff I needed; they were even so kind to saw them by my measures for free. One evening lacquering, another one assembling, and I have a nice floor-to-ceiling bookcase, made of good pine, which costs me less than a beaver-board one and fits into the apartment much better, because IYAMCHEAP.
When I was engaged, I worked at an university bookstore. At the end of the school year, we had many graduation announcements that we didn’t sell, and because they had the year on them, they were useless and my boss told me to destroy them. I threw away all the announcements, but got permission to keep the envelopes, which I then used to mail my home-made wedding announcements. I only had to pay for the stamps, since IYAMCHEAP
My cellphone died. On our family plan we have upgrades for a penny so I went to get a new phone. There was a penny on the floor so it actually didn’t cost me anything. Yes, IYAMCHEAP!