r/Frugal 3d ago LOVE! Timeless Beauty Silver Helpful Wholesome

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ How my under $25 Thanksgiving meal turned out! Surprisingly not bad at all….

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r/Frugal 1d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ When I was broke I could only afford clothing from thrift stores. Now that I make alright money I STILL can't justify not shopping at thrift stores

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Exceptions are for gifts, underwear, coats, shoes (depending on the shoe), or clothing that has an *extreme discount (usually on a clearance rack in an off season)*

When I was first living out on my own I couldn't afford new new clothing. The new clothes I got were gifted or using a gift card to get them. I realized the other day that now that I'm making alright money (a little over $20/h compared to the little under $9/h i was making when I first moved out of my parents') I'm STILL going to thrift shops when I need some "new" work clothes

At any thrift store I've been to you can always find clothes that still look new, or clothes that might even still have the original tags on them. Sweaters, tshirts, blouses, shorts, dresses, trousers, and jeans. Jeans are probably my favorite thing to find when thrifting because jeans are stupid expensive when new. $30, $40, $50 for new jeans? Jesus. Probably worth it because they do last a long time but when I know i can find a pair of jeans for under $10 at a thrift shop i can't justify paying over $20 for them at a department store

Just the other day at a couple different shops i got two "new" pairs of jeans and new work shirt and sweater for under $20. You can't find prices like that at other stores, or if you do it's through hunting through clearance racks and getting coupons. I remember once at some thrift shop i saw like 8 pairs of trousers that still had the original tags on them, BRAND NEW, probably for $5/piece, sadly they weren't my size so i couldn't get them. You could save even more money by learning how to do simple tailoring if you find something that's too big or small

r/Frugal 17d ago All-Seeing Upvote To The Stars Silver

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ My net worth is finally positive!

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r/Frugal 14d ago Wholesome

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Social media is full of elaborate, costly van life builds. Anyone in a van may be frugal, but I'm too frugal to build mine like that, focusing on the FUNCTIONALITY of it rather than the looks... you know what? It's basic, but it's been perfectly awesome for six years now. Frugality for the win!

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r/Frugal Oct 20 '22 Helpful Burning Cash

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Frugal living: Moving into a school converted into apartments! 600/month, all utilities included

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r/Frugal 3d ago Silver Wholesome

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Goodbye Prime

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My Prime membership renews in January and the cost is going up from $119 to $139. It does not seem like much but money is money.
I just made a quick spreadsheet and put in all of my Subscribe and save items and their cost. Did a little comparison on Walmart and found equivalent items for the same or cheaper. The stuff I can’t pick up in store can be bundled to take advantage of the free shipping on orders of $35 or more.

$140 a year does not seem like much but I just diverted the $12/month into our automatic savings account. Saving that money (with interest). instead of spending it feels like a win to me.

r/Frugal 7d ago Helpful

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Thank God for Taco Bell

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Taco Bell is the only place that you can still find sustaining food for under $5.

r/Frugal 18d ago Wholesome Silver Helpful

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ I’m an avid reader and have saved over $8k using the library this year

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r/Frugal 4d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Denny's has ushered in the era of the wearable coupon

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r/Frugal 4d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ The food pantry at my uni started giving out passes to the student meal center. They let me take this home!!!!

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r/Frugal 27d ago Silver Wholesome Seal of Approval I'll Drink to That

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Frugal Living Update: All Moved In With Space To Spare! (500 SQFT Schoolhouse Apartment, $600/Mo All In)

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r/Frugal 1d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ We seemed to be out of lotion, but instead of buying a new one i cut the top open and used a bag clip to keep it shut. So much lotion was still in the tube!

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r/Frugal 16d ago Helpful

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Didn't want to waste money on a new bookmark when I accidentally turned in a library book with my old one in it. So I got creative with an old phone case and my favorite PokΓ©mon card

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r/Frugal 8d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Cut $40 out of Thanksgiving budget by... getting rid of turkey!

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Every year, my extended family and I (consisting of roughly 50 people) get together to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner. And every year, we always buy duck, ham, and turkey.

Now, no one in my family actually likes turkey. I'll admit we do not know how to prepare it-- several of my aunts and uncles have tried, but it typically just ends up being very dry and very tasteless. But we buy it anyways for the "tradition" and for the kids who don't like duck (though IMO, they taste very similar).

When my cousin headed to the store last night and saw that our usual sized turkey was looming in at $58 this year, we decided enough was enough. After two looong decades, this tradition has finally come to an end. No more turkey!

Instead, we'll be replacing it with two 5-lb chickens-- which we do know how to cook and was $18 total from our local supermarket! I couldn't be happier to eat good food this year. Maybe we should have done this sooner!

r/Frugal Oct 09 '22

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Gas bill going up 17%… I’m going on strike

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r/Frugal Oct 29 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ If you try to cancel HBO Max, they'll give you 3 months for half price.

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My plan was to switch to Netflix. I went to HBO's website yesterday and canceled my subscription. It sent me to a screen where they offered me 3 months at half price. So I'm going to remain with HBO Max for three more months.

r/Frugal Oct 10 '22 Wholesome Helpful (Pro) Silver Helpful

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Cheapest Burial/Body Disposal

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My father donated his body to the local medical school. I just finished filling out a form to donate mine. They handle all the arrangements and expenses. When they're done with the body, they pay for the cremation, and give the family the ashes. They were incredibly professional and thoughtful with my father, even facilitating getting death certificates. I highly recommend this.

r/Frugal 22d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ We bought a bunch of bulk veggies from the local CSA. Carrots, potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, shallots, apples, and squash. This is our new pantry set up in the basement. 5 gal food grade buckets with flour, sugar, rice, and salt.

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r/Frugal 7d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Way more opportunities for free food than I previously imagined

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Traditionally, I have eaten out way too often, cooked at home way too infrequently, and thought eating leftovers was β€œgross”.

That was the old me.

Now that I’m nearly 4 months into my frugal journey, I’m cooking most meals, shopping for food bargains, and eating leftovers for days.

One of my biggest revelations was the abundance of free food. Now that my eyes are open to it, I’m seeing opportunities for free calories everywhere. Examples….

  1. There always seems to be someone at work who made brownies, or some celebration where there are bagels in the break room. A group would order pizza for lunch, have a slice left over, and offer it to me. I’d often pass that stuff up. Not anymore. I’ve come home with entire pizzas lately from groups who ordered too many. If I arrive and find a free bagel breakfast, I’ll eat a bagel, toss what I had brought to eat in the fridge, and eat that the next day.

  2. My sister in law had a party tonight. It was winding down and she texted, β€œCome on over, we have plenty of food!” I knew that she hates leftovers and would throw it away…so we went over. We ended up having a great dessert and taking home a giant bag of food.

  3. Yesterday, I went to a work-related conference. There was a free breakfast and free lunch. I made sure to hit up both.

I am going to save thousands on food this year!

r/Frugal 4h ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Lentil Chili for 69 cents per serving! Breakdown in comments

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327 Upvotes

r/Frugal 9d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Candle warmers are saving me money

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One of my little indulgences in life is happy, seasonal candles. But working from home I can go through one in a week or so. I recently picked up a candle warmer (not sure if links are allowed? You can get them at any chain store, etc.) and now my candles are lasting weeks, plus it feels a lot more safe with my ADHD brain lol. Hope this helps another candle lover out there :)

r/Frugal 9d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Thanks, r/frugal! I got these for $10, no shipping. The flowers are embroidered.

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r/Frugal 6d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ The amount of free food you can get in my town once a month.

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r/Frugal 4d ago

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ Flashfood takes expiring food from stores and sells it at discount through an app.

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236 Upvotes

I saw this visiting my grandparents for thanksgiving but I have a hunch I’ll be using this at Stop & Shop where I live.

r/Frugal Oct 18 '22

Frugal Win πŸŽ‰ I have a bad habit of buying bananas and letting them get too ripe. Everyone, please meet my first banana bread.

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5.2k Upvotes