Sometimes, the most effective money-saving strategies come from unexpected sources.

A user asked on a popular forum, what did you start doing that saved you money when keeping was different from the initial goal? and people share their experiences of money-saving habits that were initially motivated by something entirely different.

These tips can help you save big time.

1. DIY Haircuts

cut your own hair
Image Credits: Deposit Photos.

“So I’ll start: I began cutting my hair rather than going to a salon because the place I had been going to no longer had well-trained people. The last time I went, they royally ruined my hair, so I decided I would learn how to maintain it myself. I already knew what I liked and had a little experience with it, so I didn’t want to continue trusting someone else with my hair.

This decision has saved me roughly $200 annually, and I don’t think I will ever return to a salon unless I want a specific treatment done.” a user shared.

2. Quitting Alcohol

Cocktail glass with drink in the bar with bottles in the dark background
Image Credits: Deposit Photos.

“I quit drinking alcohol years ago for health reasons, and the financial aspect of it hit me later in life; I was already frugal and didn’t spend much already, but I know it saved me a ton of cash. Once in a while, like maybe twice a year, I will buy a bottle of good red wine if I need to celebrate, and that’s it. Any addiction isn’t so good for the wallet.” said one.

Read: 15 Unskippable Frugal Hacks That You Should Know And Try

3. Aversion To Eating Out

Milenial people sharing content on streaming platform with digital web camera - Modern lifestyle concept with smart millenial guys and girls having fun vlogging live feeds on social media networks
Image Credits: Deposit Photos.

“I stopped eating out because I’m lazy and don’t feel like leaving the house in the evening once I’ve changed into sweats. And uh, turns out I save a lot of money that way!” a user shared.

“I moved from an urban to a rural area, so I didn’t have easy access to foods I love. I learned how to make my fave foods and started buying in bulk because stores were so far away. I now grind or slice my meats and make everything I eat. Don’t buy premade food and have super delicious food that’s a fraction of the cost. I also started a food business.” another said.

4. Shopping Secondhand

Shopping woman excited showing price tag at clothes sale in clothing store. Smiling cheerful woman. Price label reads sale.
Image Credits: Deposit Photos.

“I started buying clothes on eBay, Poshmark, and Mercari to get cute clothes while avoiding supporting unethical brands. Quickly realized that everything I could want, including jewelry, gets sold secondhand for way less, lots of times even new with tag & that’s basically how I get 90% of my clothing now.” said one.

5. Getting A Freezer

Close up photo of attractive beautiful lady with her wide staring eyes she look at camera stand inside cozy comfort apartment
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

“We got a dedicated freezer to have more food on hand. When I know I’ve got $1000 worth of food in the freezer, I don’t eat out as much; that’s a lot of money stored in that freezer! Also, we can take advantage of sales at the grocery store.

Around Easter, we’ll buy a BUNCH of ham at pennies a pound. At Thanksgiving, I’ll buy two extra turkeys and break them down for eating later. It’s hard to do a whole turkey; it’s easy to do a turkey breast, legs, or thighs. Again super cheap at the right time of year.” said one.

6. Borrowing Video Games

Young boy with a surprised expression with eye glasses
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

“My library loans out ps5, Xbox series, and switch games. I’ve probably saved over $1000, never buying a single-player game anymore. I also get to test out multiplayer games before I commit to buying.” a user shared.

Read: Are you being cheap or just frugal? Find Out If You Do Any Of These 10 Things!

7. Switching To A Menstrual Cup

Young woman over isolated background taking a lot of money
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

“I started using a menstrual cup. Initially, I was researching organic tampons because I was worried about TSS and the environment, ultimately leading me to reusable period products.

I haven’t bought tampons/pads since 2018, which has saved me hundreds of dollars, and I’ve dramatically cut down the amount of waste I produce from my menstrual cycle!” a user said.

8. Switching To Iced Tea

Portrait of charming person with red lips stick waving hands screaming, shouting isolated over red background
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

“Drinking iced teas. I started with bagged raspberry hibiscus, which led to buying it in bulk from the farmer’s market. $9 for enough to last four months. I put a teaspoon in a carafe, filled it with water, and put it in the fridge overnight. The tea is delicious, incredibly healthy, and super cheap. That’s been the biggest surprise one.” said one.

Read: 10 Things That “Appear” Extravagant, But Is Actually Frugal

9. Making Homemade Vanilla Syrup

Young beautiful redhead woman holding bag with money and dollar sign over white background stressed with hand on head, shocked with shame and surprise face, angry and frustrated. Fear and upset for mistake.
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

“I started making vanilla syrup for my coffee because I couldn’t find it in stock at any local stores in 2020; I typically had been going through a $5 bottle every week.

It doesn’t seem like much, but pennies for sugar and cheap artificial vanilla compared to $260 a year is a change I’m glad I made.” shared one.

10. Cutting Cable

a man watching youtube
Image Credits: Deposit Photos.

“I cut the cable when I moved overseas – never missed it—barely watched any streaming outside of youtube. So when I came back, I just got internet only. I used to have some streaming channels, but I’ve cut almost all of those too… I find it’s not that I want to watch a show or movie that often; I just want background noise while I surf.” shared one.

Sometimes the most superficial and unexpected changes in our habits can lead to significant savings in our daily lives. What are some things you’ve started doing that have saved you money? Share your viewpoints with us!

12 Cities in the U.S. That Are a Total Nightmare to Live In (or Visit)

young pretty woman looking shocked, angry, annoyed or disappointed, open mouthed and furious
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

Looking to relocate? Here are 12 cities in the US where you might want to avoid setting up roots. These cities are plagued by problems like high crime rates, poor infrastructure, and a lack of affordable housing. Read here.

15 Things We All Need to Stop Buying. It’s Total Waste Of Money

A beautiful young Caucasian woman with her hand in her hair.
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

To save money, reduce clutter, and help the environment, here are 15 things we can all stop buying

15 “Non-Religious” Cults That Almost Feel Religious. Are You Guilty Of Being A Part Of Any?

Photo crazy astonished guy see incredible vacation sales discounts impressed, raise modern bright specs wear white clothes isolated over blue color background
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

So many fads are turning into some “divine” stuff people follow with an “almost religious” devotion. Here are 15 non-religious cults that feel like religious ones.

15 Physical Traits That Might Make You Less Dateable

Close up photo beautiful her she lady unexpected epic fail arms hands fingers near mouth bite teeth eyes full fear oh no expression wear casual white t-shirt clothes isolated violet purple background.
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

Physical attraction is an essential factor in many romantic relationships. However, it’s important to remember that everyone has different preferences. Read here. 

The Exodus: Why People Are Leaving Religion in Droves

Surprised and impressed brunette girl looking amazed and pointing fingers down.
Image Credits: Deposit Photos

Religion is a personal and complex topic, and there are many reasons why someone might turn their back on it. Read why people are leaving religion.

This article was originally published on Mrs. Daaku Studio.

Similar Posts