- I wear my disposable contacts for 1 month instead of the suggested 2 weeks. Our health insurance only pays for a doctor's appointment every 2 years, so I extend my contact wear longer to make it through the 24 month period. Most eye doctors would warn against this, but my eye doctor says that my eyes tolerate it fine. Always listen to your eye doctor.
- I buy my eyeglasses from Zinni optical online. Two years ago, I was able to get 6 pairs of eyeglasses for around $72 and that included shipping. The hardest part of the whole process was trying to figure out my pupillary distance. I don't know if I did mine right, but I can see great with my glasses. They will double check your prescription with your eye doctor, so you need to order within a year of your last eye doctor's appointment.
- I know most of you wouldn't even know what to do without your smartphone! I know I get strange looks when people realize that I still have a small "dumb" phone, BUT I've only had to spend $70 in the past 16 months for my cell phone. I pay as I go with Page Plus Cellular. I've been very happy with the service. With T-Mobile, I was never able to get a signal in my house. With Page Plus, I have a signal every time. If you really have to have a smartphone, they offer plans for smartphones too.
- I go to the cheap hair salon. I know some people have horror stories about hair cuts that they've gotten at cheap hair salons, but I've been pretty lucky so far. I never would have thought I'd go to a hair salon where the haircuts were around $15, but it's worked for me so far. Sometimes, we even get lucky and get haircuts when they're having their $5.99 haircut sale!
- Before I decided to go gray, I colored my own hair. It probably only cost me around $5 per month. I got my hair color from Sally's. My mom and my sister were both cosmetologists, and used to do my hair when I still lived at home. I just continued the practice myself once I moved up here. Since going gray, it now costs me nothing! Best decision I ever made.
- My kids pack their lunch for school. This actually accomplishes two things. . . . it saves us money and it allows me to see what nutrition they're getting.
- We drive our cars until they die. Seriously. Our van is almost on it's last legs. We keep fixing the small things that pop up.
- My hubby fixes everything on our vehicles that he can by himself. If he doesn't know how to do something, he learns how to do it online. There are YouTube videos for everything. In the past year he's replaced the muffler, spark plugs, oil pan and something next to the wheels that helps control steering--for the life of me, I can't remember what it's called right now! When the check engine light comes on, the auto parts store can do a diagnostic test to see what's wrong so that you can fix it.
- Although we're not willing to give up cable, we only have basic cable. We don't have any premium channels or a DVR. I wish we could get our cable bundle cheaper, but I'm not willing to give up my landline phone. Yes! We still have a landline! I just feel better having it with the kids and being so far away from home. It's nice to have a phone we don't have to remember to charge.
- I buy wine that costs around $3 per bottle. Every store has it's own label of cheap wine that they carry, including the drug stores. The cheap wine prices vary from $2.99 per bottle at Giant Eagle to around $4.29 at CVS, Walgreens and Aldi. If I buy in bulk~~a case of wine~~I get an extra 10% case discount.
- We occasionally make our own beer and wine from kits. My hubby does it as a fun hobby, but it also saves money if you want any kind of craft beer.
- I work out at home. Several years ago I bought some different videos that have props, etc. For example, I have a pilates DVD that came with a big elastic band. I have a video that came with a weighted bar. I also have a video that has a weighted ball. For a small amount of money up front, I have all kinds of different workouts I can do at home.
- We still have a VCR. Yes, you read that right. We still have a VCR. How does that save us money? Most things on VHS are a LOT cheaper than DVD or BlueRay. It's possible to find workout videos on Half.com on VHS. Plus, if you garage sale, a lot of people sell old VHS movies for really cheap.
- In the Winter time, we have a vent that we add to our dryer that allows the hot air from the dryer to flow into the laundry room instead of being vented out of the house. In the Summertime, you cover it so that it does NOT warm up your house. You can find them at stores like Home Depot.
- We buy Future Fashionista's school clothes at Salvation Army on their half off day. The clothes at our store are always in really good shape, some of them are new with tags. They are always "new" to her. Luckily, she's not at a point yet where she has to have what everyone else has. She's pretty creative, so I don't know if she'll be that way anyway.
- Occasionally, we shop at the bread outlet store and freeze bread. The store isn't that close anymore, so we don't make it very often.
- My hubby barters and trades for things that he wants. If he has something that he doesn't want any more, he'll list it on Craig's List and try to find something that he does want.
- We make our own laundry soap and hand soap.
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