Money-Saving Tricks Part II

28 Jan

I’m so thankful for the rockin’ personal finance community I’ve come to know over the past year of blogging. In addition to offering great advice, these writers also help inspire me during moments of writer’s block. This week’s post is influenced by an article I read from Myscha Theriault over at Financial Highway last week. She highlights a few money-saving tricks that keep her from spending needlessly, and it got me thinking about some of the things I do to avoid parting with my cash.

Photo by Allesandra Elle via Flickr.

Photo by Allesandra Elle via Flickr.

Repair shoes. I wear boots exclusively during the fall and winter, which means the heels get worn down pretty fast. As much as I’d love to buy a new pair every time this happens, my budget and common sense refuse to allow such frivolity. Instead, I take my boots to a local shoe repair and get them re-heeled for $15. This small investment increases the lifespan of my winter kicks and keeps me looking stylish for less.

Hang-dry clothing. During my amateur laundering days, I ruined many a nice garment by tossing it into the dryer. Reading the care labels on your clothing is key, and many of my work blouses and workout tanks are hang-dried. I don’t have a fancy drying rack; instead, I hang clothes from the top of doorways in my closet and laundry room. Undergarments are never run through the dryer, either; I put those around doorknobs, much to the amusement of my husband.

Create rags from old garments. As I was drying myself off the other day, I heard a huge “rip” and discovered my towel had torn apart. I could have trashed it, but instead I kept tearing (super fun, by the way) and put the pieces into the rag basket I keep in my bathroom closet. Similarly, I keep old socks for use in car waxing and ripped tee shirts as jersey rags. No need to buy something you’ll only soil when you have these items at your disposal.

Repurpose. In my post about redecorating for free, I shared a few examples of using wine corks as vase fillers and liquor bottles as decorative containers. I also used hemp necklaces lovingly created by my sister-in-law to hold back beaded curtains in my master bath. I even used part of a cardboard box to create a shelf in a kitchen cabinet to organize my spices (ghetto but effective). Ultimately, I’ve saved good money by finding things I already own to repurpose into what I need.

After reading this post, do you have any money-saving hacks to share?

6 Responses to “Money-Saving Tricks Part II”

  1. DC @ Young Adult Money January 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    I like the idea of using old clothes as rags, and I’m surprised I haven’t done this more so now that I have a house.

    • Kendal January 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      Honestly, I don’t use rags a lot, but they are one of those items you really need when you need it. So it’s good to have them when you decide to polish your wood furniture or scrub a particularly dirty area! Thanks for commenting, DC.

  2. The Frugal Flirter January 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    I always use old t-shirts as rags, and am trying to find new uses for things around the house – every bit helps! Thanks for the tips! FF

    • Kendal January 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Finding new uses for things you already own is incredibly satisfying. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Marissa@Thirtysixmonths February 4, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    I am very impressed on your ways for saving money! Well, it’s very important now a days to know our expenditure limitations and start saving money! Your tips will be a big help to those who are aiming to save for rainy day!

    • Kendal February 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks Marissa! I appreciate the kudos. I haven’t always been a saver, but I’m glad to learn as I get older how important it is to reign in spending and save up for those rainy days. Thanks much for visiting!