Whenever I go to conventions, I pick up a package of ramen on the way, and bring a bowl. When I get to the hotel, I use the coffee pot to make hot water to cook the ramen. I don’t have to buy expensive meals, leaving my money for the convention itself, because IYAMCHEAP.
I save money on bottled water by putting my grandparents’ well water in old iced tea jugs whenever I visit. Our tap water is disgusting and seems unaffected by filters. IYAMCHEAP (also, fortunate)
I make homemade playdough. It’s just flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, water, and food colouring. It’s super easy and cheaper than storebought AND it works just as well. IYAMCHEAP
I went to the thrift store on a lark and ended up finding a beautiful black wool coat with corset lacing on the back for $10. It was missing a ribbon that laced up the back and had a tiny cut in it less than two inches long, but the thrift store people then marked the coat down to $2 because of those imperfections! I fixed both issues myself and have since found out that the same coat, brand new, MSRP’s for over a hundred bucks! IYAMCHEAP
I just got over $50 worth of new Christmas stuff for $5.20. I ♥ after-season clearance time because IYAMCHEAP
This year for Christmas I made custom shirts for everyone. The shirts all cost $2.50 or less a piece, and I customized them with freezer paper stencils and bleach for next to nothing. They all LOVED them and never realized that IYAMCHEAP.
I normally look for free samples online. Whatever I do order, they usually come in the mail usually with a money saving coupon. Talk about two-for-one! IYAMCHEAP
Being an artist can sometimes be pretty pricey. Luckily for me, a lot of art supplies can be substituted by housewares or hardwares, or else made from scratch. If I can’t make or substitute something, I hunt around art-supply stores for a place that’s cheap on its own, and then wait until something I know I’m going to use goes on sale. I’ll end up spending less than 20 dollars on enough supplies to keep me occupied for weeks! IYAMCHEAP!