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When I was in early high school, my mother would give me about $250 HKD (about $30 USD) for allowance, about once every two weeks. I’d stash $200 in a box in my room and keep $50 in my wallet. Since I really didn’t buy anything, this worked for several months. My mother got really irritated when she found out, especially when I admitted I didn’t know what I was saving up for; I just felt like saving. Even back at age 15, IYAMCHEAP

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The prospect of buying a prom dress had me worried about breaking the bank, so I scoured the thrift stores. I just bought my prom dress for $2.06! IYAMCHEAP

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2825 | New York, NY | USA | , , | Comments

As a high schooler, I have a lot of friends whose birthdays are during the school year. I learned this this trick from my mom. For their respective birthdays, I bake them a cake or cupcakes and make them a card. They love it! What they don’t know is that really IYAMCHEAP.

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I am a university student studying literature at one of the biggest institutions in my country. It has a great library system. So, I never buy textbooks; I find the one I need in the library. My friends spend up to $500 on supplies at the beginning of the year; I rarely even step into the campus bookstore. Professors always claim that we MUST buy the editions they condone, but I’ve never gotten a grade below a B- in their classes. Booyah, IYAMCHEAP and smart!

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Living in Florida, it’s a good idea to get hurricane preparedness supplies yearly. It’ll be a while before the season opens, but my local Albertsons is having an awesome special now, where you can buy 10 (20, 30, 40…etc) of select items to get a super low rate on each. So I bought 20 3 Liter jugs of water for $.59/each vs $1.29/each. I am ready, I am thirsty, and IYAMCHEAP.

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2898 | Albuquerque, NM | USA | | Comments

I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned this already, reusable swiffer pads. I purchased some from an Etsy shop for $3.25 for the dry and $6.50 for the wet(and $1 shipping). I sweep using the dry one and then use my own cleaning products with the wet pads and when I am done they go to the laundry to be washed and used again. I am saving boatloads on those expensive little swiffer pads and reducing my impact. Yay! IYAMCHEAP (and proud)

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2794 | Indianapolis, IN | USA | | Comments

Rather than fork out $2-$5 a pop for those baking soda deodorizers for my closets, I make my own from regular baking soda and coffee filters. Fold the filter into a packet, fill it with baking soda, and the place in a closet to prevent moisture build-up and funky odors. For what some spend for a single deodorizer, I can make 20 or 30, because IYAMCHEAP.

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Instead of buying lipsticks that I rarely use that also dry out and dry my lips out, I buy the small pots of lipbalm like Carmex or Burt’s Bees. I then buy cheap blush from a dollar store. Using a cheap eye shadow brush I add a little blush to the pot and have a cheap tinted lip gloss that is better for my lips and last forever. And I can use the balm un-tinted or make it as light our dark as I want it or what ever color I want with out paying anymore. More than $500 saved so far. IYAMCHEAP!

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