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Updated on July 22, 2020
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Simplify Life

Frugal today means living a simpler less wasteful life within our personal finances. It used to mean going without but times have changed. Frugal living can become a habit so that you simply will not buy something that is over priced or unnecessary. It is simply making a choice.

Box of coins

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Entertainment - Have fun Without Spending

Everyone likes to spend a little money on entertainment but if you are on a tight budget you have to plan carefully. Try saving money by keeping a change jar in your bedroom and put all your loose change it the jar each night, which will build up to be several dollars in a relatively short time.

Eating at restaurants and going to movies is much more expensive now than it was a few years ago. When the money is adequate pick a nice restaurant and enjoy your outing. Renting movies is cheaper than going to the theaters.

If you love going to music concerts, then save up for one that is special to you. If you enjoy theater, sometimes you can find reasonably priced shows at local colleges or small theater groups. Museums and art galleries are always interesting and they are free.

Have a game night with friends or a cookout in the back yard. Go bike riding with your spouse or a friend. Think creatively and you can probably think of many things to do to socialize with family and friends.

Cleaning Recipes with Home Products

Multipurpose cleaner:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Mix together and wipe over surfaces

Wood Polish:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Half cup lemon juice
  • Mix together. Use a small amount on a soft cloth and after applying, buff off with a dry soft cloth.

Refrigerator odors?

1 cup dry baking soda place on saucer in the back of the refrigerator.

Blocked drain cleaner:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup baking soda1 cup vinegar
  • Mix together and pour down drain. Leave for several minutes then flush with hot water.

Stubborn stains:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup borax
  • Mix and pour onto the stain. Leave for at least 10 minutes then using a scourer rub off. (only use on surfaces that will not scratch)

Carpet freshener:

  • Dry baking soda
  • Sprinkle on carpet and leave for 1 hour before vacuuming

Save Money on Groceries

Groceries are a major way you can cut your spending through sales, grocery coupons and wise spending. Cooking differently also can save money.

Use your cheaper cuts of meat and have at least two meatless dinners per week. Make casseroles that will last for two meals. /stay always from processed food as it is more expensive. Use oatmeal for breakfast as it is healthier and cheaper. You can sweeten it up for the children with some honey and maybe add some raisins or other fruit.

Saving Money on Cleaning Products

When you go into the grocery store you will see a huge variety of cleaning products, each one with a different purpose. Buy the stores own brand in a concentrated version if they have one. Buy the largest size as that will work out cheaper over time. When using the products measure the suggested amount. Try any cleaner on a small area first to make sure it does no damage. Why not try to make your own cleaning products?

You can make a multipurpose cleaner with these basic ingredients:

  • White vinegar is excellent for killing germs, bacteria and mold.
  • Baking soda is a great deodorizer and scourer.
  • Lemon juice is useful because the acid provides antibacterial and antiseptic properties, plus it provides a great fresh smell to your home.
  • Olive oil is good for polishing wood surfaces and adding shine to stainless steel.
  • Salt is a multipurpose cleaner and deodorizer which is great for frugal cleaning due to its cheap price.

Money Saved from Frugel Living

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On Assignment: Frugal Family

How to save money with simple home tips.

  • Cut your cable bill down by eliminating movie channels or perhaps some other channels that you really don’t watch.
  • Turn the lights off when you are not in a room.
  • Turn computers off at night as well.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to cut down on your utility bills.
  • Put a timer on your hot water heater also, and make sure it is wrapped tightly to keep the heat in.
  • Use old wash cloths or dish towels to wipe up spills rather than paper towels.
  • Learn to cut your children’s hair.
  • Do not use your credit cards unless you can pay them off when the bill arrives as not paying interest is a money saving tip.

Cut Expenses

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Eliminate Pests from Your Home

If you have a pest problem there are several natural ways that you can do, which is healthier for you and your pets. Plus they are cheaper.

  • To keep flies out of your home have some small pots of basil growing around your home.
  • To keep ants out leave cucumber peel on window ledges in the kitchen to deter them. Also wash cabinets with a solution of vinegar and water. Cinnamon or salt sprinkled around the outside of your door with keep ants away.
  • Weevils can be kept out by placing a bay leave in pots containing flour and cereal.
  • Moths will be kept away by placing mint teabags inside wardrobes and closets.
  • Mice will stay away from entering your home by planting peppermint plants around the outside of your home. Also, keep all dry goods inside sealed containers,
  • Mint, garlic and basil are all good to have planted around your home as they deter many pests and you can plant them in between your other plants.

How To Live on Practically Nothing


Frugal living isn’t difficult; it is just simple living. You can cut your expenses in a very noticeable way. You will have more money in your savings, and for repairs to your home as periodically they are required.

You will have more money to reach your long term financial goals. Perhaps frugal living is a new mindset for you, but you will like the results.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Abby,

    I appreciate nice ciomments. Take care.

  • Abby Slutsky profile image

    Abby Slutsky 

    11 months ago from America

    Great article. I am amazed at how much we are saving not going out during this virus, so I am sure your suggestions save quite a bit.

  • Jackie Lynnley profile image

    Jackie Lynnley 

    8 years ago from the beautiful south

    Thank you.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jackie, I save change in a vase also. It has been a while since I wrote this hub but I think it has some good information, so I decided to feature it briefly. Thanks for your comments.

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    8 years ago from the beautiful south

    Looks like this has been awhile but still some great tips and i am sure people may need this one soon if not now. I saved just quarters a couple years back in a pretty vase I had bought until it got filled to the top and I knew I had to have several dollars but when I emptied it out it was over ninety dollars!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    mdlawyer, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    10 years ago

    Soon after the meltdown and the economic doldrums, these tips are very useful for those who are eager to save on the household expenses. Great tips Pamela99,. VOTED UP! RATED USEFUL!!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, So true. Thanks for your comment.

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    Support Med. 

    10 years ago from Michigan

    Great tips for saving money and much needed at this time. v/r

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    mepperly, Thank you so much for your comments and I'm glad to have you as a fan.

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    Shelly Epperly 

    10 years ago from Vancouver,WA

    Love this article! Following you...

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    MarloByDesign, I agree. Thanks so much for your comments.

  • MarloByDesign profile image


    10 years ago from United States

    Baking soda is a great deodorizer and scourer. - yes, I agree, it is great for soaking dishes! I also enjoy writing Hubs on frugal spending. Thank you.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Troy, I hope it does to because I plan to try it also. Thank you for your comments.

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    Troy Wilkerson 

    10 years ago from Norfolk, VA

    Pamela99, Thans for the sound advice. I hope the basil tip wors for the flies.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jeff, I hope the pest fighting tips work well for you. Thank you so much for your comment.

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    10 years ago

    There are some great tips in this article. As others have noted, the pest-fighting tips are fantastic.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    mazzastick, I keep loose change also. I'm glad the hub was useful. Thanks for your comments.

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    10 years ago

    I keep a glass jar by the front door, this is where the loose change goes. I like your ideas for eliminating pests around your house. I will plant some garlic around my house this spring.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    bayoulady, I think I am a lot like you as I will scrimp in one area to get something I want. Thanks for your comment.

  • bayoulady profile image


    10 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    Great hub! I find frugal living FUN! There are a few things that I don't scrimp on,(my favorite perfume..though it's not THAT expensive...)but because I pinched pennies elsewhere,I can afford it.(Never bought a cup of Starbucks in my life and don't intend to!)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, Thanks for the comment.

    KKGals, I appreciate all of your comments.

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    Susan Hazelton 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Pamela, great tips on how to save. We gone to renting movies to save the money. And I love the pest control tips. I didn't know cucumber peel would keep ants away. Great job.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Washington

    All good points, Pamela~!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    sweetmummy, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Raylene Wall 

    10 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    I think you hit the nail on the head - it's about simplifying things. Great tips!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Neva, I appreciate your comment.

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    Neva Flores 

    10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this wonderfully useful information. :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Vicky, Thanks so much for your comments and I'm glad you liked the video.

    Darsky, I will be glad when this contest is over also. That is why I have skipped a couple of days and written on a different topic. I know you know about living frugally and I wish you better days. Hugs and love to you.

    rpalulis, It's strange that I've heard some of those tips for years and still buy products in the store. So now I am going to start following my own advice! Thanks so much for your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I want one of those also! Thanks for your comments.

  • rpalulis profile image


    10 years ago from NY

    Great money saving tips Pamela, love the cleaning recipes. Its amazing how much you can save when you are mentally aware of such spending habits. Thanks for sharing.

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    10 years ago from south Florida

    These are all excellent tips, Pamela, for saving money and becoming a member of the Frugal Society. I particularly like your strategies for eliminating pests from your home. Here is one more you might want to add.

    I have discovered the ideal method for eliminating pests from my home. I just purchased a new doormat that reads, "GO AWAY." I'm sure that will do the job! :)

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Good Morning my dear Pam, between you and Audrey you are both killing me, I will be thrilled when this contest is over LOL this is truly a fantastic hub, and I have NO choice I must be is changing scary...rate this up love & peace darski Oh Pam your vote up is below the comment section, love you

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    Susan Ungrey 

    10 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Great advice that we all should try to live by. Love the videos that you added!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Chin chin, Good luck with cutting your children's hair. Thanks for your comment.

    Hello, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    Very detailed and well laid out hub discribing how to save money. Thank you, Pamela, for your helpful tips.

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    Chin chin 

    10 years ago from Philippines

    Thanks for sharing these practical tips for saving on costs. A mom like can surely use these tips for better home management.

    By the way, I have learned to cut the hair of my children. Just don't know until when they would allow me.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nicole, Thanks so much for your comments.

    Mentalist acer, I like it! :-) I appreciate your comments.

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    Mentalist acer 

    10 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    You're going to start hearing people getting set-top boxes for a one-time fee,coming with a variety of programs from the computer along with a $10.00 monthly subscription to Netflix and then cutting out their $60.00 monthly fee for cable.;)

  • Nicole Winter profile image

    Nicole A. Winter 

    10 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Great hub, I love the frugal tips on pest control, thank-you so much!


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