I don’t put sweetener in my coffee or tea, but every time I’m at the coffee shop I pick up a sugar packet or two and a napkin. It’s not much, but it adds up very quickly and is exactly the same to the coffee shop as if I put it in my drink. IYAMCHEAP.
Rather than buying new — or even used — textbooks, I’ll sometimes just rent my college textbooks if it is available. The rental lasts throughout my whole semester, so I don’t have to worry about constantly renewing the book like I have to with library books. I spent under $150 and got 2 rentals and a used. IYAMCHEAP.
I use sheets I get at thrift stores to make sleepwear and gym clothes. I get 4-5 yards of 100% cotton (often in pretty or fun prints) rather than paying $ 7.00 a yard at the fabric store or $15 for a set of PJs. IYAMCHEAP.
I’m 14, but I’ve been saving up for a car for years. I haven’t spent any money on gifts for people for a while, because if I get them something, chances are someone else probably got them the same thing. Instead, I make oragami decorations and bracelets and necklaces that are not only unique, but personalized just for them. This way, I save money on gifts, and I’ll have more money for the car I want so my parents won’t have to buy it for me, which means more money for my college fund. IYAMCHEAP.
When making tea for more than one person, you can reuse teabags as follows:
If there are two cups: Make one tea first, then use the same teabag in the next cup, but leave to brew twice as long.
If making three cups: Make two cups with new teabags, and make the third using both of the other two.
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.