13 Shocking But Smart Things Frugal People Do

When I worked at a big-city newspaper, I needed to confer with the photo department. A holiday potluck had taken place, and the shooters invited me to help myself to whatever was left. Zeroing in on a mostly eaten ham, I asked if anyone had claimed the bone.

“Go ahead and take it,” someone said. “Do you have a dog?”

“No, I have a pound of pinto beans and an onion.”

The reaction? Mostly puzzlement, and a couple of nervous smiles. But I made a nice pot of beans that weekend.

Grocery shopping at the office potluck is just one of the things that frugal people do. No, I don’t mean bringing enough Tupperware to carry home a week’s worth of meals. But at the end of the party, something has to be done with the leftovers, right? frugal living 2018 frugal living ideas best frugal living tips frugal living meaning

So here’s how you do it: Offer to help “clean up” after the potluck, and mention that since you hate waste, you’d like to take some of the unclaimed food home. That frees up others to take some as well — but if nobody steps up, it’s all yours. frugal living 2018 frugal living ideas best frugal living tips frugal living meaning

We are from Planet Moneywise and we have much to teach you. Here are some other frugal hacks that make sense to us but tend to confuse or even frighten other folks. frugal living 2018 frugal living ideas best frugal living tips frugal living meaning

13 Shocking Things Frugal People Do To Save Money

1. Check the free box at the yard sale.

Sure, that’s where Happy Meal toys go to die. But I’ve also found a cast-iron skillet, spoon rest, wooden coat rack, small saucepan, apron, biscuit cutter and food storage containers.

2. Believe that “manager’s specials” really ARE special.

We’re talking day-old bread, close-dated dairy, “scratch and dent” dry goods, produce that’s a little past its prime and what my partner inelegantly calls “used meat” (eeewww). Just use it right away or freeze it, and save a lot (think: pudding mix for 9 cents a box, a gallon of milk for 99 cents, 25 cents for a pound of pasta in a box with a slightly crushed corner). Frugalists just don’t see the downside of paying 50 percent less for pork chops.

3. Ignore the weather.

I live in Anchorage, AK, but the thermostat hardly ever goes above 62 degrees — and I work at home. Why pay for heat when I can make my own warmth by wearing layers?

If I lived in a hot climate, I’d use air conditioning — selectively. I’d set the thermostat high and run fans to keep the semi-cool air moving. I’d also want a whole-house fan to run at night once the temperature dropped outside. frugal living 2018 frugal living ideas best frugal living tips frugal living meaning

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