- Save receipts, create a price book (include housewares, clothing, groceries, services, & other items).
- Develop menus and staples list, stock up on basics.
- Scout various markets for price comparisons.
- Buy vegetables and fruit on sale or in season, cut up and freeze.
- Look for holiday items on sale after the holidays for future use.
- Check grocery receipts for mispriced items.
- Use crock pot, freeze portions for other meals.
- Drink water instead of soda.
- Make juice spritzers with club soda and juice.
- Refill water bottles for personal use.
- Use drink concentrates and powdered drink mixes.
- Reuse tea bags.
- Wash and reuse baggies safely.
- Dilute dishwashing soap, shampoo, and hand soap.
- Use homemade skin products like: olive oil mask, grape juice astringent, milk as a rinse.
- Compare health providers, expertise, reputation and costs.
- Buy used clothes, household items from flea markets and “garage” sales.
- Repair clothes and other items.
- Wear old shoes around the house, save better shoes for dress-up.
- Develop a basic mix and match wardrobe, foundation black pants.
- Use plastic grocery and laundry bags for trash bags.
- Use cloth napkins.
- Wear solar watch.
- Recycle envelopes and copy paper.
- Take public transit.
- Use fans versus A/C.
- Unplug microwave when not in use.
- Turn off lights and fans when leaving the house.
- Walk and/or do yoga in home.
- Read free or low-cost ebooks from Smashwords, Amazon, Project Gutenberg and more.
- Use OpenCulure.org for viewing classic English movies for free.
- Attend various free cultural events.
- Use Skype and Magic Jack for international calls.
- Research travel and large purchases, then wait at least 24 hours before purchase.
- Pay off credit cards, use credit cards for purchases if concerned about a dispute, pay credit card in full.
- Compare ATM fees, use the lowest.
- Reduce number of ATM withdrawals per month.
- Put regular weekly or monthly savings amount, and spare change into savings account.
- Research CD interest rates, store money in long-term CDs.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle, regift, rethink, and re-enjoy.
- Best of all, be creative and keep your eyes open for savings opportunities.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
40+ Small Ways to Save Money in Mexico
While I enjoy being a tightwad, it also carries with it an ethical responsibility.
As Amy Dacyczyn notes:
“It is wrong to save money at the expense of others.”
--p228 The Complete Tightwad Gazette.
Here is my list of small ways to save money in Mexico: