In early 2010, I shared My T0p 10 Most Favorite Frugal Things. A lot has changed since then. Although I still regularly use most of the items on the original list, I’ve discovered other money saving products that are worth mentioning. So, without further ado, here goes.
#10 Hem Tape
When my job required I don business casual attire, hem tape saved me buckets of cash and numerous trips to the seamstress. Despite paying good money for dress slacks, after a few wearings, the bottom hem would come loose. Before stumbling upon this iron-on adhesive, I’d paperclip, staple, but never sew my hem back together. You can buy this product at Walmart for a couple of bucks.
#9 Slow Cooker Liners
The slow cooker earned its spot as my most beloved kitchen appliance years ago. Although I adore slow cooking, I despise the nastiness it leaves behind after each use. Liners spare me from the clean up process. And thus, provide an incentive to prepare homemade meals instead of ordering takeout.
#8 Palmolive Gold
Palmolive Gold helped me recover from a long stint as a loyal user of Dove “beauty bars.” Granted, the bar’s size is smaller than average. Still, it costs much less than the heavily marketed alternatives. For a buck and some change, you can pick up a 3-pack of Palmolive Gold from Target.
One day, after a routine, $15 eyebrow wax, a cluster of hideous, puss filled bumps sprouted up around my eyebrows. Once I realized the outbreak wasn’t a one-time occurrence, I switched to razors to tame my eyebrows. Grab a 3-pack of eyebrow razors for less than $5 at your local pharmacy.
#6 Pipe Cleaners
I curl my (dread)locks with super cheap pipe cleaners. Flexible hair rollers at a beauty supply store average about a dollar each while a hundred pipe cleaners from craft stores only cost a few bucks.
#5 Seasoning Mix
Ever notice how expensive spices are? If you don’t cook regularly, opt for a one-dollar seasoning mix and save money. As an added bonus, premixed flavors help cut meal prep time so you’re less inclined to hit the drive-thru.
#4 Cocoa Butter
Back in the day, I’d set myself in front of a mirror and stare at my skin for hours, mesmerized by the smallness of my pores, the smooth chocolatyness of my skin. Now, blemish causing pimples pop up on my forehead every month. Fortunately, I discovered long ago (after being clawed in the face during a middle school fist fight) that 100% Cocoa Butter reverses skin discoloration. A stick of cocoa butter retails for a little over a dollar at many drug stores.
#3 Freezer Bags
To save money on meat, I buy in bulk. Since I often only prepare meals for one, I don’t need to cook an entire family pack of chicken thighs at once. Freezer bags allow me to break down meat into single portions, which reduces food waste and speeds up the thawing process.
#2 Coffee Maker
I’ve gone from drinking a daily, $3 Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiato to brewing a cup of Folger’s coffee for the cost of a few nickels. I bought my coffee maker from Bed, Bath & Beyond with one of those ginormous 20% off coupons you get in the mail almost every week.
#1 Boxed Wine
$18 for a box of wine = 6.5 bottles of wine = $2.77 per bottle
A bottle of chardonnay goes for $5 or $6 in the grocery store. I’ve seen $3 bottles of white wines at Walmart and Aldi, but those stores are at least a full gallon’s worth of gas away from where I live.
What are some of your favorite frugal things?