There are so many ways to save money! Here are some of the ways I save.
My boyfriend and I work for the same company and work the same hours right now. Ever since we moved in together, we’ve carpooled, and it has saved me a lot of money and wear and tear on my car. Mr. Frugal Turtle usually drives since he has way less miles on his car. I usually only end up buying one tank of gas a month. I know this won’t always be the case, and one of us will switch to a different shift or get a new job completely, but I’m enjoying this while I’m able to.
I’m very green when it comes to gardening. (Get it? Green. HaHa!) But I’m trying to grow some plants in pots right now. Lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, a few different kinds of peppers, basil, and spinach are what I’m attempting to grow right now. My mom on the other hand, has been gardening her whole life and whenever I go visit, I end up coming home with grocery bags full of fresh veggies and greens to enjoy. For free! It’s awesome! You can’t beat fresh from the garden produce.
3. Cell Phone
Right now I use a three and half year old Virgin Mobile phone. It has some character and can be fussy at times and shut off for no reason, but I can call and text and do everything I need to do on that phone. So I’m keeping it. So many people tell me I should upgrade, but I’m holding strong! I pay around $38 every month for my phone and when I eventually do get a new one, I’m probably going to look into Republic Wireless. I’ve heard good things about that company.
4. Cook at Home
I love to cook and bake! One of my favorite things in the whole world is being in the kitchen with music blaring and having a good drink on the counter to sip from. If Mr. Frugal Turtle is around to keep me company it’s even more awesome! I find great recipes on Pinterest. If I’m not sure what I want to do with an ingredient I get from my mom’s garden, I’ll just search that item on Pinterest and a lot of delicious, interesting dishes pop up. I can usually find one where I already have all the ingredients right here at home, and if I don’t, I improvise!
5. Shop the Deals
I tend to shop at four grocery stores. I love the local Food Co-op in St. Cloud, MN! They have all the delicious, local and organic produce and other different foods that are harder to find. Unfortunately they are pretty expensive, but this is probably the one area where I splurge on. Then there’s the cheaper, large grocery store where I buy the bulk of my groceries. They send out coupon books every so often and I make sure to stock up on the items I use the most. Then there are two smaller, slightly more expensive grocery stores I frequent. One is close to where I work, so if I want to make something after work, but need one ingredient, that’s the store I head to. The last grocery store also sends out coupon books, and is relatively close, so I usually only go there when I want to use their coupons and it’s on my way to or from someplace else.
6. Cut Cable
I cut cable out of my life about four years ago. Haven’t missed it. Mr. Frugal Turtle cut out cable before I moved in, so we rely on mainly Netflix for our shows. When I hear about all the stupid reality shows that are on television now, I realize we made the right choice. I thought people were more open to cutting cable lately, but a co-worker found out recently that we didn’t have cable and I think her mind was blown.
7. Thrift and Discount Stores
I’m pretty lucky that I can wear jeans and a t-shirt to my job every day. As a result of this, I buy most of my work clothes at thrift shops. The rest of my wardrobe is largely made up of clothes purchased at Kohl’s with a 30% off coupon. There are so many cute clothes at thrift shops that I spend a couple hours there whenever I go and my arms are heavily weighted down by armfulls of clothes waiting to be tried on.