How can I Create a Frugal Home?

Lily Ruha

A frugal home can be created by paying close attention to all household expenses. Outlining and adhering to a home budget will typically assist efforts to create a frugal household. Eliminating waste related to water, gas, and electricity usage will save money. Becoming a frugal shopper when buying groceries and household supplies will contribute to living frugally. Lowering expenses related to household services, such as lawn maintenance and housecleaning, is another strategy.

Only washing full loads of laundry can help you make a frugal home.
Only washing full loads of laundry can help you make a frugal home.

The first step to creating a frugal home is creating a home budget. A budget would contain an itemized list of all household expenses. Utilities, groceries, and lawn maintenance are among the various expenses associated with the household. After an exhaustive list of all household expenses has been created, effort can go into examining whether any of the expenses can be eliminated or reduced.

Mowing the lawn oneself can cut down on home service costs.
Mowing the lawn oneself can cut down on home service costs.

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When dealing with a large power bill, there are many ways to conserve energy and save money. Closing the heating and cooling vents and doors to unused rooms is one way to save on heating and cooling costs in a home. Adjusting the thermostat to save energy when not at home is another way to save money. Weather stripping windows and doors will limit extremely cold or hot air from entering the home. Turning off the television, radio, and other electronic devices when not in use can also result in a cumulative decrease in the power bill.

Clipping coupons is one aspect of a frugal living.
Clipping coupons is one aspect of a frugal living.

Lowering the water bill is another important part of creating a frugal home. Running the dishwasher and washing machine only when full is one strategy. Taking shorter showers is another option. Not running the water while brushing one’s teeth will help to reduce water usage. Turning off automatic sprinklers in rainy weather will also reduce the water bill.

Parents in a frugal home often work to teach their children about financial responsibility.
Parents in a frugal home often work to teach their children about financial responsibility.

Creating a frugal home also requires paying close attention to the grocery bill and general household shopping practices. Coupons can be clipped for discounts on commonly purchased items. Buying only the amount of perishable foods that can reasonably be used in a short amount of time will result in waste reduction and savings. Many generic brands are cheaper than brand names, and purchasing these can result in ongoing savings. Cleaning supplies, for example, can often be purchased in cheaper generic varieties.

Paying attention to lowering home services expenses is another important factor in creating a frugal home. A lawn mowing expense can be eliminated if a homeowner mows the lawn himself. Children can be taught to contribute to such household tasks to reduce expenses. All family members can help to clean the home to eliminate housecleaning expenses.

Creating a monthly expense list can help households be more frugal.
Creating a monthly expense list can help households be more frugal.

Discussion Comments

chrysalis

@uzumaba2 - I like your idea of using groupon to get a less expensive hair cut or hair color.

You can also call your local cosmetology school and have your hair done for around $5 plus a tip. If you get your hair colored, you might pay around $40 for highlights and less for a one-step color.

One of my kids has a best friend in cosmetology school. I've been paying her to cut my hair lately and her skills are really great. Not only that, she's sensitive to my needs and wants to please. You *can* get that $75 haircut for $5, ladies.

Frugality is an art!

uzumba2

A frugal home with lots of kids takes lots of work and dedication.

If you love couponing, there are more ways to make it work now than ever!

Join groupon and every day the site will share an offer from a local business with you via email. For example, you'll hear about a half-price massage or a facial or haircut from a particular day spa. One of the glitches with this setup is that if not enough people participate, the offer is dropped.

Search for your favorite coupons and brands at coupons.com or allprintablecoupons.com. Find discounts on everything you might need at the grocery store or superstore.

Finding coupon codes online is as easy as typing in a brand name and "coupon" in Google and a whole list of sites will provide you with coupon codes to help you increase your frugality.

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