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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.

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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.

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3020 | Northern Colorado | | , , | Comments

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.

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3017 | Farmington, CT, USA | | | Comments

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.

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3016 | Fife, Scotland | | | Comments

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.


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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.

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3022 | Northern Colorado | | | Comments

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.

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3019 | suisun, ca | | , | Comments

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.

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