Monday, May 26, 2014

Get Your Thrift On

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No matter if you’re saving for a luxurious vacation to Hawaii or worried about how much money is slipping through your wallet during the month, it’s always a good idea to take a look at what you’re spending. When hearing words like “frugal,” and “thrifty,” many people imagine that they will have to give up some of the finer things in order to save - but this assumption simply isn’t true.

If you’re interested in tightening up your budget, you don’t have to worry. These simple tips from will have you spending less in no time. Keep reading to learn more.

Cooking at Home: To save the most, cut back on ordering in or going out to eat. For tips on home cooking, recipes, and advice, check out our sister site, the Kitchn. Just to get you started, we're linking to a few of their ideas for cooking at home on a budget:

Recipes for Vegetarians (and Vegans Too)

More With Less: Frugal and Budget Cooking

Cupboard Challenges (working with what you've got)

Cheap Wines for Tough Times

Could You Eat on $25 a Week?

Repurposing and Reusing: Before you buy something new, try "shopping" within your own home. Look for items that could have a second life as something else. For instance, Rachel transformed this tea tray into a magnetic board for her kitchen. For a few repurposing ideas from AT, see these posts:

20 Ways to Reuse from AT:Chicago

House Tour: Rachel's Repurposed Mid-Century Place

Recycline: 10 Best Ways to Reuse an Empty Plastic Bottle

10 Upcycled Uses for Old Things

Creative Reuse: Best of 2008

Cleaning and Organizing: A chaotic, messy apartment is loaded with spending traps. You're more likely to overspend when you can't find something, you have no clean laundry, or you just feel depressed about your home. Before you throw any cash at the problem, start with a clean slate. You'll probably find that what you really need is less, not more. A few starting points from AT:

Cleaning & Organizing Tip: Start with the Bedroom

4 Steps for a Successful Closet Cleanse: S.H.E.D.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools: AT Cleans it All

Can Cleaning Your House Change Your Mood?

Clip File: 8 Great Cleaning How-To's

Thrifting and Scavenging: You know those people who always have a story to tell about how they scored an Eames chair on Craigslist for $20 or a set of antique silver at a garage sale for pocket change? You could be that person; it just takes a little effort and training. Begin your education in thrifting by reading these posts:

How To: Restore Thrift Store Furniture

How To: Collect Quality Furniture When You Don't Have Much Money

Flea Market Shopping with Eddie Ross

Craigslist Buying and Selling Etiquette

Clip File: 10 Thrifty Tips

Sewing: We learned the basics of sewing in our Girl Scout Troop, and those skills have paid off much more than the training we used to earn our horseback riding or campfire badges. With our very basic abilities, we've made everything from bedspreads to curtains to pillowcases, saving lots of money in the process. Our advice to learning a new craft is to start small and work your way up. Here are a few basic how-to's to begin:

How To: Sew An Envelope Pillowcase

How To: Make a Simple Bed Skirt

How To: Sew Lined Curtains

How To: Make Your Own Cloth Napkins

How To: Luxe Faux Fur Throw


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