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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

In my never-ending quest to be thrifty I have come across some really stupid ideas. Separating two-ply bathroom tissue and cruising restaurant dumpsters for free food (research 'Freeganism' if you want to learn more about that) come to mind immediately. And while those may not be worth the time or the health risks, there are some stupid-sounding ideas that really can save you real dollars if you are willing to suspend your disbelief.

Please scroll down for some ideas.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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1. Cut your own hair. This may not work for most women, but so many men wear their hair short or buzzed these days, why go to a salon when for the price of a pair of clippers you can save yourself 20 bucks every five or six weeks?

2. Whiten your teeth with baking soda. We have covered this one before. While I wouldn't use it exclusively as a toothpaste, baking soda makes a good tooth whitener. It is completely non-toxic and a box of baking soda is 99 cents.

3. Re-use sandwich and storage bags. Do they only cost 3 or 4 cents a bag? Sure. But would you throw a nickel away because it had some crumbs on it? I won't wash a Ziploc bag if it is oily or greasy, but I can stretch a box of sandwich bags for practically a year. I also wash plastic wear.

4. Keep extra napkins and condiments from fast food places. Eating fast food is usually a money-waster to begin with, but if I am going to stop for a hamburger or a cup of coffee and a donut, I always save the napkins. This one simple habit probably saves me from buying at least one roll of paper towels every month.

5. If it's yellow let it mellow. I don't like to go out of my way to be gross, but older toilets can use 3.5 to 5 gallons of fresh water with every flush. If you are a homeowner chances are you pay for water, and that is a lot of money to be flushing down the toilet. Since my spouse normally does not use the same toilet that I use, I find it does not inconvenience anyone if I skip flushing until I have something substantial to get rid of.

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