I make my own cleaning products. Equal amounts of white vinegar + water in a plastic spray bottle costs far less than commercial window cleaner, is every bit as effective, & smells better. Baking soda + liquid castille soap works for cleaning sinks, stovetops, and messy counters, and is cheaper than a bottle of liquid scrub from the cleaning aisle of the grocery store. Borax comes in huge boxes, and is great for all kinds of uses, especially heavy scrubbing. Iam eco-friendly and IYAMCHEAP.
For Christmas my fiancé and I don’t have a lot to spend on presents, but he has a lot of people in his family! For most of his (and my) relatives (aunts, uncles, etc.), we buy chocolate and baking supplies and mould our on chocolates, make almond bark, and bake cookies, then wrap them up in Christmas tins and on cute Christmas plates the dollar store sells (they’re only $1.25 already at Christmas, but after Christmas any with obvious Christmas patterns go on sale for 50 or 25 cents!) IYAMCHEAP
I work in the post office, and today we got ad mail in the form of Nutella samples. I asked if I could have the extras, and ended up with over 100 individual packets of Nutella, and coupons! People can go in and ask for extras too. IYAMCHEAP
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