Frugally Fit is baaaaack! We took a little break for a month so start in on some gardening things but it’s time to get thrifty again! You can catch up with the Frugally Fit series HERE or read the list of the frugal tips that we’ve already gone through HERE. Here are the tips we are going to try and work on this week:
Instead of buying something you need right away, post for it on Freecycle or Barter for it.
Try this for just one thing this week. It you can barter for it or if someone has it on Freecycle, you saved that much money on something that you would have boughten anyway! Not sure what Freecycle is? Read my post HERE. Not sure how to barter or bargain? Read my posts HERE and HERE.
Line dry your clothes.
Here it cost .12 perKWH for electricity(check your local bill for you cost per kilowatt hour) that means each time you run the dryer it costs .40. That may not seem like much but that means if you are doing 5 loads of laundry per week, it’s costing you an extra $8.58 per month on your electric bill. If you are doing 8 loads of laundry a week, it’s costing you $13.75 per month on your electric bill. If you don’t have to spend that extra $100 – $200 a year, why would you? Line dry your clothes! Even if you don’t have enough room to put up a big clothesline in the back yard you could use one of THESE or you can get a single clothesline in the camping section of Walmart that you can easily take down and put up. The weather is nicer out now so we don’t have much excuse not to line dry our clothes!
Make a bills checklist.
My hubby started doing this several months ago. We are both pretty good at remembering dates but occasionally when you get busy, something can slip your mind, like a bill payment. And even though you still remember and get it paid they tack on a late fee. The average credit card late fee is $39. That’s alot! If you are late on your payment just 3 times in one year that’s over $100! What the hubby did was type up a list of the bills that need paid each month in the order they need paid. If the date of one changed each month, he would leave that blank and as soon as we know we fill it in. Each time we pay a bill we cross it off on the list. Don’t forget to put the list somewhere you can easily find it and it’s easily seen.