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Most of us want to save money when we can. Why spend money on unnecessary things if you can find an alternate way to achieve the same goal while saving some cash along the way? It’s good to find creative ways to cut back on your expenses and save, but often, there are simple hacks to save right in front of us, but most people tend to ignore them. Here are 14 of the best (and easiest) ways to live frugally that don’t require a ton of effort.

1. Ditch the Specialty Cleaning Products

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Household items like vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap are great alternatives for cleaning almost everything. You don’t need to spend boatloads of money on specialty cleaning products for every room and surface.

2. No Paper Towels Needed

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Using torn and stained clothing as towels is an excellent transition from paper towels. This will save you so much money in the long run as you can use them and toss them right in the wash.

3. Visit the Thrift Shop

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Buying clothing from thrift stores for the cool temperatures is a great way to save money on heating bills. They don’t need to look fancy; they just need to keep you warm!

4. Do it Yourself

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If you have a broken item, try to find a “How to” video to fix it before paying someone to repair it or replace it. You can even borrow tools from friends and family to complete the repair if needed.

5. Get a Free Library Membership

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If you are looking for a quiet, free, and climate-controlled place for downtime, look no further than your local library! The membership is free and includes lots of additional benefits.

6. Beans and Rice

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Cooking beans and rice as a staple meal is a smart way to save money while giving your body the nutrients it needs. Try adding some low-cost meat, onions, and some hot sauce to add flavor.

7. Find the Nearest Food Bank

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When needed, using the food bank is a great way to find good quality food. There is no shame in asking for help!

8. Stock Up When Ordering Take-Out

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Grab some napkins, utensils, and condiments with your next take-out order. Don’t take more than you need, but this is a great way to stock up on small items at no extra cost.

9. Give and Receive

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When you have an excess amount of something you can share, do it! If you share with others who have extra, they’re likely to return the favor; sharing is caring.

10. Keep the Heat Out

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Using Mylar sheets is a great, cost-effective way to stop temperature transfer. It will allow some sunlight while keeping your place cool. Another great option to keep your home cooler is to hang blackout curtains on your windows.

11. Ditch the Brand Names

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Buy generic brands when you can. For the most part, you’ll find similar items with a cheaper price tag and the same great taste. In rare instances, you may notice a difference, but not often.

12. Spend the Day Fishing

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Get a fishing license and entertain yourself for a day while catching food cheaply. Dig up your worms, get a basic pole, use a leftover fishing line, and catch yourself some dinner.

13. Stick to Your Grocery Budget

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Sticking to your grocery budget is a sure way to save money. One way to limit yourself is to bring a certain amount of reusable bags. Whatever doesn’t fit in the bags doesn’t get to come home with you.

14. Be Grateful

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One of the most important things is to be grateful. Be grateful for the people you have in your life, as no amount of money can buy them.

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While inflation seems to be slowing down, anyone who has been to the grocery store in the past month knows prices are still outrageous. But, it is possible to counter inflation in 2024 with these frugal hacks that will save money and offset elevated prices. 6 Frugal Hacks To Save Money and Counter Inflation in 2024

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