Saving money can sometimes feel so difficult. It seems that everywhere you shop, and every one you do business with is trying to squeeze every last dollar out of you. The small and sometimes not so small amounts you give them add up. At the end of the day many are left struggling to make ends meet.
Sound familiar? It is to me. So I have put together some interesting and unique ways to cut your costs. Some of them are a little outlandish, but all will save you money. Without further ado, the list.
1 – Potty Train your cat
I figured I start with the most outlandish to get your attention. But still, it can be done. There are kits you can buy on the internet to help you with the task. Just think, you can probably save hundreds of dollars a year in kitty litter.
2 – Flush less
Along the same lines, or at least in the same room. Remember the old saying, If it’s yellow, let it mellow. Well, that saying can save you money. Reduce your water costs by flushing less. This goes for the cat too.
3 – Shop in a hurry
Buy your groceries when you have something else scheduled soon. Rushing through the aisles is a great way to stick to your shopping less. If you dawdle you are much more likely to make impulse purchases. Groceries often take a large chunk of the budget, so don’t give the store any more than you have to!
4 – Use vinegar and an old t-shirt for cleaning
You don’t need all of those fancy and expensive cleaning products. Vinegar and an old rag sufficed your parents for decades. Using them can cut still more off your grocery bill.
5 – Go to Mexico for your dental work
Medical tourism is huge. You can save tens of thousands of dollars by going overseas. On a personal note, I know someone who had a heart attack while traveling in Scotland. The doctors decided he needed open heart surgery, which they performed magnificently. My friend saved about $250,000 by inadvertently having a medical problem in another country.
Note: While this can save you thousands of dollars, do make sure you find a fully qualified and competent dentist.
6 – Go vegetarian
It doesn’t matter if it’s beef, chicken, pork or fish, meat is so expensive these days. Cut it from your diet and watch the savings add up. Plus, the animals will like you 😉
7 – Forage for food
Whether you are in an urban or a rural setting, there are all sorts of edible plants out there, which you could use to supplement your standard food supply. Do be careful though, as many plants can be toxic.
8 – Down size your house
The kids are gone, right? Why are you still living in that huge museum that costs a fortune to keep up and heat? Move someplace smaller and less costly. You will also get the benefit of the extra cash when you sell your huge house.
9 – Stay at hostels when you go on vacation
This is a great way not only to cut costs, but to get the flavor of your location. Hiltons and Sheratons keep you safe and sound, but they charge you an arm and a leg to do it. Hostels might not be pretty, but they will only charge you a fraction of the cost.
10 – Double up on birthdays and other parties
Surely there is someone you know whose child has a birthday within a month or so of yours. Split the cost of the party venue and save a bunch of money. Maybe use a little of that money to buy your child a little something extra.
11 – Raise your own chickens
Do you have a backyard? And the right zoning? Raising a couple of chickens can give you lots of eggs, which in turn may save you money. The only cost is some chicken feed and a little bit of time.
12 – Grown your own produce
Along the same line as the chickens, if you have any kind of green thumb, growing your own food can save you a bundle of money. A little land and a few seeds and you are all set. It helps if you can get directions on the internet too.
That’s it for now. I hope you can use one or two of these unusual money saving tips. Saving a hundred dollars on kitty litter may not sound all that appealing, but in the end, the combined savings from these tips could add up to quite a bit.
Author Bio: Glen is the owner of How to Save Money, a personal finance website dedicated to helping people save money and find financial freedom. Glen recently paid off over $300,000 in mortgage debt within 7 years, and he wants to share his money saving tips with others to help them get on their way to financial freedom.