r/Frugal 8d ago

Holiday megathread!! Discuss quick frugal ideas, frugal challenges you're starting, and share your hauls with others here!

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to our monthly megathread! Please use this as a space to generate discussion and post your frugal updates, tips/tricks, or anything else!

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Share with us!

  • What are some unique thrift store finds you came across this week?
  • Did you use couponing tricks to get an amazing haul? How'd you accomplish that?
  • Was there something you had that you put to use in a new way?
  • What's your philosophy on frugality?

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Select list of some top posts of the previous month(s):

  1. Frugal living: Moving into a school converted into apartments! 600/month, all utilities included
  2. Follow up- my daughter’s costume. We took $1 pumpkins and an old sweater and made them into a Venus Flytrap costume.
  3. Gas bill going up 17%… I’m going on strike
  4. I love the library most because it saves money
  5. We live in Northern Canada, land of runaway food prices. Some of our harvest saved for winter. What started as a hobby has become a necessity.
  6. 70 lbs of potatoes I grew from seed potatoes from a garden store and an old bag of russets from my grandma’s pantry. Total cost: $10
  7. Gatorade, Fritos and Kleenex among US companies blasted for 'scamming customers with shrinkflation' as prices rise
  8. Forty years ago we started a store cupboard of household essentials to save money before our children were born. This is last of our soap stash.
  9. How to get free scientific papers!
  10. Noticed this about my life before I committed to a tighter budget.
  11. Seeds from Dollar Store vs Ace Hardware.
  12. I was looking online for a product that would safely hold my house key while jogging. Then I remembered I had such a product already.
  13. Using patterned socks to mend holes in clothes
  14. My dogs eat raw as I believe it’s best for them but I don’t want to pay the high cost. So after ads requesting leftover, extra, freezer burnt meat. I just made enough grind to feed my dogs for 9 months. Free.
  15. What are your ‘fuck-it this makes me happy’ non-frugal purchases?
  16. Where is this so-called 7% inflation everyone's talking about? Where I live (~150k pop. county), half my groceries' prices are up ~30% on average. Anyone else? How are you coping with the increased expenses?
  17. You are allowed to refill squeeze tubes of jam with regular jam. The government can't stop you.

r/Frugal Oct 27 '21 Wholesome

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r/Frugal 21h ago Silver Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming Wholesome Seal of Approval

Frugal Win 🎉 We have sent the same card for nearly 20 years

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r/Frugal 12h ago

Cooking Rice=60 cents, chicken breast =$2, frozen veggies packet=$2. Total $4.60

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r/Frugal 2h ago

Frugal Win 🎉 The ultimate frugal hack: discounted 50 cent items in Lid’l

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Unsure if this qualifies for non-US market Lid’ls but Lid’l discounts any item the day of its expiration to either .50 cents chiller items and $1.50 for meat and frozen items.

We get whole pizzas for .50 cents that are normally $8 which means dinner is .50 cents that night.

I’ve has Filet Mignon for $1.50 for us.

Picked up last night 8 of these bratwurst packets for .50 cents each. Freeze them and enjoy the savings!

Hope this helps!


r/Frugal 18h ago

Frugal Win 🎉 Frugal "Big Mac"

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r/Frugal 19h ago

DIY 🚧 DIY cheap Christmas decor! Paper snowflakes taped to the inside of lampshades

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r/Frugal 1d ago

Frugal Win 🎉 Was able to make Christmas gifts this year.

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Had some wood lying around, and found some on free sites. Used glue/clamps/screws to put them together. The rest was sanding, spray paint, tape, and a few add ons.


r/Frugal 16h ago

Tip/advice 💁‍♀️ Circle K has revamped their coffee bar. Not sure if every location has one yet, but they have grind to order coffee. and with "sip and save" it's $5.99 a month for a coffee a day plus refill. 1000% cheaper than coffee chains. About 20¢ a coffee if you're consistent

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r/Frugal 21h ago

Budget 💰 Finally started actually tracking and comparing my spending. I ended up in the green this month.. just barely.

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r/Frugal 1h ago

Advice Needed ✋ What to do with…less than stellar coffee?

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I usually don’t buy flavored coffees but I was really wanting some peppermint mocha vibes for the holidays. I took a gamble and tried out the Dark Chocolate Peppermint flavor from Target’s Good & Gather brand and it’s pretty not good (in my opinion!). Weird unpleasant chocolate flavor with basically no peppermint. I don’t want to just chuck it - has anyone found ways to repurpose coffee they didn’t like?


r/Frugal 5h ago

Budget 💰 Debit to build Credit

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Gone were the days when a credit card was only a deal for those who made big purchases. Recently, I came across a card that helps to build credit scores even with small purchases. It's like "Debit helps to build Credit". I have saved a lot of money through that in the form of cashbacks, no annual charges and no interest.


r/Frugal 12m ago

Home & apt 🏠 Electric heating in a top floor flat - solutions?

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I'm looking for advice on adding new radiators to my top floor (no gas supply) flat. When I moved in there were 3 dimplex storage heaters which looked fairly old. Using these did not suit my lifestyle and it was costing me over £5 a night with not much noticeable benefit in the cold evenings, as well as them looking extremely dated. Having had the floors done which required them to be removed and stored, as well as servicing my draughty windows, I am now in a position to put new heating solutions in place. I would like something smart but I've been put off storage heaters completely due to the inflexibility - I'd rather pay slightly more for heat on demand. This would involve me coming off of an economy 7 setup understandably.

Question - has anyone in a similar situation installed electric radiators? There are new ones that look like traditional designer radiators that work off wifi/Bluetooth.

Does anyone have experience of moving away from storage heating/economy 7 to a more modern setup.

Thanks in advance.


r/Frugal 16h ago

Tip/advice 💁‍♀️ Dehydrated lettuce/watermelon update and energy management options

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So I was unexpectedly unemployed in late October. Fortunately I had planned ahead and I am not in horrible spot. My house is secure. My advice to any homeowner is to save top at least six months of mortgage and don't touch it. I have three small dogs and dedicated that we will all make the journey together. A friend gave me an old stand up freezer. I have gotten a truck load of wood chips for my backyard from chipdrop. I raked in organic gardening lime to kill any bugs. That was a big job but the free truck load of wood chips was an immense bonus for me. I'm applying for jobs an d looking into self employed opportunities.

I have been going to food banks to reduce expenditures. I have been given a lot of fruits/vegetables that are within a day of going bad. The canned foods have been very helpful but are a lot of beans. My frugal lifestyle mandates that I am responsible for not wasting what is given to me. I was given a 5 lbs bag of salad greens that were past fresh date so I dehydrated them and then will powder them. They are a bit bitter but Ithey are dog safe as a dog food additive. I can also use it in foods that need a bit of green and bitter in them. I have dehydrated a cantaloupe, watermelon, 5lbs of sweet potatoes and 10 lbs of carrots. These are all good, safe treats for the dogs. Last night I caramelized 10 lbs of onions and froze individual portions. Today I got an eggplant, tomato and red pepper that was a day way from going completely bad. I will dehydrate those into a spaghetti sauce mix for later use. I also froze 3 lbs of whole potatoes to use latter as a hash/mashed potato meal. Most of the fresh/prepared food I'm receiving is requiring some type of processing/preservation method. I have three food banks close by that I can access on rotation. I answer all of their qualifying questions honestly. I am turning into a food saving expert.

The food bank today gave me 3 bags of dog food which is helpful. Tomorrow, I will reach out to organizations that specialize in helping with dog care during unexpected periods of unemployment. The dogs are enjoying going out on more walks and it's good for me too.

As far as heating my house, when I bought my fixer upper house 3 years ago I made into into separate portions which allows me to heat different areas separately. I got a couple of portable electric heaters from goodwill so I'm only heating the section I'm in. I'm in Phoenix AZ so the it's not gotten below 66 degrees during the day or below 45 degrees at night. Me and dogs snuggle at night, it doesn't drop below 65 degrees inside so I don't have to run heat/heaters at night.

I've gotten health insurance through the market place for 2023 so that will be very affordable and help out immensely with my prescriptions and doctors visits. I had to eat a large payment to be insured by health care for December but I rather be out $300 rather than $300K in debt if I have a catastrophe health event. I have to face the fact that I'm middle aged and overweight, I could have a stroke or heart attack. Also, I could be walking my dogs and get hit by a drunk driver. Anything could happen and I want health insurance in place!

I have spent the last 3 years planning for an unforeseen event and so far my frugal planning is paying off. My suggestion to all the frugal Nannettes/Nanos out there is to use the money save by being frugal as an insurance premium for unexpected catastrophic economic loss. My goal in making these posts is to let other frugal men/ women and everyone in between plan for unexpected unemployment and how to deal with it when it happens. Please use your frugality to plan, plan and plan for an unexpected happening inn your life.


r/Frugal 1d ago

Frugal Win 🎉 $28 of organic half and half for $2. I’m gonna freeze some!

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r/Frugal 13h ago

Personal care 🚿 Shampoo bars!

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I bought a solid shampoo bar and a conditioner as well on the 17th of October. I haven't had to buy either since. They were $15 (NZD) each which seems expensive but its saving me $15 a fortnight. I've only used about 1/3 of each bar so far, they will probably last me until next March at least. Just thought I'd share as its not something I had considered before.


r/Frugal 6m ago

DIY 🚧 Warmth for the winter!

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r/Frugal 1d ago

Opinion The cutting edge solution to rising debt? Paying in cash

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r/Frugal 15h ago

Tip/advice 💁‍♀️ Are heated blankets a good alternative to heating system?

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Trying to save up since the costs of gas and electricity are insane right now. I was wondering if anyone is using heated blankets? What is your opinion about them?


r/Frugal 21h ago

Frugal Win 🎉 One car for two adults

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My wife's car has been laid to rest after a 11 year, 225,000 mile life.

The car market is currently insane. We are trying to wait out the car market so we can pay a reasonable price for a safe car. So we are managing with only my car for now.

We are saving a considerable amount doing this; more than expected. Our gas spending went down by almost half (she has a long commute and my car gets excellent mpg). We save a bit on insurance too. This is challenging to navigate and it won't work forever but it's worth the hassle for now.

If any of you who are partnered run into a situation like this, see if you can make one car work!


r/Frugal 2h ago

Advice Needed ✋ How do you operate a Worcester DT10RF thermostat instructions.

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Hi y'all.

Anyone have an easy read guide to Worcester DT10RF thermostat instructions.

I have the manual but its so damn complex.

Would like to get to manual override (and set temp in manual) and how to set it up to come on in morning , and evening. Can't see how to upload the manual here, so perhaps I can't.

Thanks


r/Frugal 1d ago

Frugal Win 🎉 My first post!

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I went to Aldi's which I've recently discovered and got al of these items for $13.20! I made delicious quiche with green onions and sausage and cheese (did have to stop at Publix for the pie crust and green onions though)


r/Frugal 10h ago

Food shopping Any frugal food ideas? Snacks!

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So recently I've been looking for ideas for cheap snacks I eat midnight, these are some things I've tried so far! I measure them per ounce or per pound!

-Tyson Chicken nuggets ($3.6 per pound) -Homemade pita bread ($0.05 per ounce flour cheapest to make but most annoying!) -Pasta with tomato sauce ($0.18 per ounce) -Eggs and rice (removed because eggs got too expensive, but may resume) -French fries frozen ($0.12 per ounce)


r/Frugal 13h ago

Buy it for life High quality furniture brands?

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Hey frugal folks! I’m asking around for high quality furniture brands. As we all know, sometimes being frugal means spending a little more so it’ll last longer. So I would love some recommendations for high quality furniture brands.

P.S. I am not that into buying second hand (I know, I know that it’s frugal blasphemy but I just can’t do it lol)


r/Frugal 17h ago

Advice Needed ✋ any one have advice on frugal travel to japan

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im planning on staying for 60ish and so far my estimated expenses been 4000 for

this includes expenses 60ish day trip

  • 1200$ round trip flight higher estimate dont think theres anyway to make this cheaper maybe booking a package deal with flight and hostile?
  • 1200$ for stay at a hostile so 20$ a day usaully 1 are internet cafes cheaper or is this about as good as it gets?
  • 600$ food budget would be using hostile kitchen for main meals and then a snack a day during lunch
  • 200$ for passport this seems to be the average price for the us i believe?
  • 300$ extra money for attractions and items
  • then 500$ for anything else

r/Frugal 23h ago

Advice Needed ✋ Black Friday

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wasn’t sure where to share this-

a nutrition/supplements company was running a promotional offer for blank friday. spend $100 get a free tub of pre workout. i purchase 3 shirts and after tax and shipping it came out to over $100 and the free gift was automatically added to my cart. i also got a few follow up emails confirming my order, showing the free gift.

when my package arrived they physically crossed off the free gift from the packaging slip and didn’t include it, either.

i reached out to the company and they said it should not have been included because my purchase only went over $100 after the tax. my purchase without tax was very close to $100 as is.

should i push back on this? i understand the situation on their end… but the fact is i have multiple confirmations saying i’ve earned the free gift and i think it should be honored- even if it was because of a “technical issue”.

thoughts?


r/Frugal 1d ago

DIY 🚧 No tree? No problem. Lights, 3 hooks to anchor the lights, and ornaments I already had.

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