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!
I save the perfume samples from catalogs and magazines. This lets me try out new fragrances and have frequent change for free. As a bonus, I have asthma and used to be sensitive to fragrance. These samples are helping to desensitize me. IYAMCHEAP
My family goes in “halvsies” with another family & buys a whole beef. We take it to a local butcher, have it cut & wrapped to our specifications (lots of steaks, roasts, stewmeat & a little ground). Our half of a beef will feed my family of 4 for over a year, at around $2 a lb, & our ground beef is so lean I don’t even have to drain the fat. IYAMCHEAP!
Somebody said they go to the hair-cutting school to get cheaper haircuts. My friend wanted to dye her hair and I accompanied her to one. While we were there, a student approached me and offered to cut my hair for free if I would agree to be his model for a job audition. Naturally, I said yes because IYAMCHEAP.
My friend was envious, but after MY haircut he offered HER the chance to be his model for a photoshoot. So she’s getting professional photos for free – SHEISCHEAP too!
I don’t have a lot of spare money, but I have a cat with some minor medical problems, and it’s difficult to get her the care she needs at a price I can afford. So I check around at all the vets within a certain distance and see who can do what needs done for the least money. I’ve found a vet that will remove her abscessed tooth for just over a tenth of what the local vet wants for the procedure, because IYAMCHEAP!
I have long hair with bangs. My hair doesn’t need to be trimmed often, but my bangs need to be trimmed every few weeks. Rather than pay to have it done, I bought a pair of inexpensive hair cutting scissors and do it myself at home. It’s easy to do in front of a mirror, and IYAMCHEAP.