I drive around town and look in dumpsters.. not for trash, for cardboard boxes not too far in, that don’t have trash or foodstuff on them, take them home, re-assemble them into box-shape with some tape, and use them to ship the things I sell on ebay. Free publications around town of various types (GreenSheet is one locally, another is a spanish one) can be balled up into small balls. Fill the empty spaces in the boxes with balled up paper. Keeps costs down for selling online. IYAMCHEAP.
In order to save money on water (and help the environment), I take Rationing Era Baths instead of showers. I fill the tub with five to six inches of water. While it’s filling, I fill a pitcher of water and set it aside. I dunk my hair, shampoo, scrub my body, and drain the tub. I use the pitcher to rinse everything off with clean water so I don’t end up with itchy soap scum stuck to me. Then I spray a (homemade) leave-in conditioner onto my hair. IYAMCHEAP.
I don’t eat fast food too often, but when I do I always ask for/take a few extra condiments/dipping sauces/napkins/utensil/etc to keep at home when I need it. I don’t use ketchup a lot so its silly to have a whole bottle when a packet or two is enough. I only take what I need when I need it, so none of it is going to waste.
I went to my local fabric store and bought $300 worth of patterns for $15. That is a 93% savings! I got enough projects to last me the next few years. This is the only time I buy patterns. IYAMCHEAP
I’m a college student buying food for myself for the first time. There is some I haven’t opened yet and don’t predict I’ll use by the time the semester ends. I know some of the big stores have easy return policies even without a receipt so I’ve gone in there a few times with unopened food and just gotten store credit! I buy things I know I’ll eat instead and it means I’m not spending any more money. IYAMCHEAP.
We live abroad in France and have lots of friends and acquaintances who have moved here for a year or two and then move back to their homes. When they’re leaving, they often have left-over basic supplies (trash bags, flour, boullion cubes, olive oil…) plus dishes and tupperware. Instead of them throwing it away, we collect it all and either use it ourselves or give the supplies to others. We save the dishes and etc. and give them to the next group of teachers to come over! IAMCHEAP!
I use gas saving tips like slowing down when I approach a red light. If it turns green before I get to it, I don’t lose momentum having to stop. Years ago, Shell engineers found that driving at 35 mph was the most efficient speed for non-highway use. Others include having tires inflated to the right pressure and not turning the A/C on high, particularly when the vehicle is under a load like going up a steep road.
We used to just refill our dog’s bowl every time it was empty. Then I went to my vet and she told me exactly how much food to feed him, which was a lot less than I thought! We’re saving at least half a bag a month, he’s lost some weight, and he acts like a puppy again! Also I stopped buying expensive dog treats and give him organic baby carrots instead, which are healthier for him, and better for me because IYAMCHEAP.