>>1050775 Back when I worked overnights at Wallyworld, there where a couple guys who would come in 3 am & buy a bunch of produce. When I went to the local farmers market one day they were there, selling everything for twice what they paid for it.
>>1050751 >Stop eating out >Stop buying brand name everything >Stop driving, get a bike, even walk >Don't pay for cable, all your entertainment >Stop having friends. Such a waste of money being social.
>>1050857 I agree; I hate soap and shampoo. I switched off shampoo for diluted apple cider vinegar once per week. It does a better job with my hair than any shampoo ever has. It cleans and deoderizes my hair. It takes out some of the excess oil but doesn't strip your hair like regular shampoos. Once the vinegar evaporates, your hair will smell better than after shampoo (Kinda like what happens when you use vinegar on musty clothes in the washer).
Oh yeah, sure, I'll talk on laundromat frugality since I work in a laundromat and see what works and what doesn't.
-Dish soap is a great and cheap stain pre-treater. Pretreat and keep stains wet if you want to get rid of them. -Use vinegar for anything that has smells, especially mold/mildew. -Peroxide works perfect for removing blood. -If you insist on using bleach, pre-dilute your shit in a cup. Take a detergent cup, fill it 80% full of water, then add a capful or two of bleach. This will make it so you will never have the risk of having even a drop of concentrated bleach hitting your clothes and eating holes in it. -In my opinion, vinegar is safer and does better than bleach at everything but keeping whites unstained. -If you actually use a laundromat, always use the stainless steel front loading washers. They came out about 80 years after your classic top loaders and they can handle wash loads much better and more efficiently. The key is to fill these to the top without stuffing them. Trust me, they will run better than if you leave them half or 2/3 full. This is because they spin horizontally and being underfilled, combined with gravity, will cause the machine to become unbalanced. Underfilling machines is old habits from top loading machines and is one of the reasons why you should avoid them. -As for dryers, it's the opposite. They will run best underfilled so that the items have room to tumble. 1/3 full is perfect, 1/2 loads will take forever to dry and anything more isn't worth the effort.
>>1050751 >Quit doing drugs/smoking cigarettes/drinking. >Take half of a caffeine pill in lieu of drinking coffee. At Walmart it costs about $4 for 100 pills, so taking half a pill is only 2 cents per morning. Compare that to a $5 Starbucks drink. >Use coupons. The savings add up. A lot of the time if you write to companies online, they will send you coupons. There are blogs with links posted. A few months ago I spent about 2 hours doing this and received over $100 in coupons. Only write companies whose products you buy anyway. >Don't pay for music/movies/satellite TV. Everything is stream-able online. >If you have a girlfriend or are dating, do things that are free. Instead of going to dinner/movie, go on a hike, go to the park, go to the beach, go out late at night and stargaze. Whatever. The best dates are free and you'll build much more intimacy with her than her 20 previous boyfriends who only did dinner/movie dates. >Don't eat out. You can prepare the same foods at home for half the cost. It adds up. >Get hobbies that don't require you to keep paying money or only require a one time start up cost. For example, buy a guitar and learn how to play. There are free lessons on Youtube. >Learn how to change your own oil/air filter/whatever. Again,there are free tutorials on Youtube that are absolutely killer.
>rice, oatmeal, potatoes, and bananas are cheap foods. Peanut butter is cheap in terms of calories per dollar. Eating mcdoubles for the gains is a meme.
>I used to own a prepaid phone to save on cell charges, but realized switching to republic wireless will save me money in the long run. look into it, but only if you have wi-fi at home. I paid $16 last month (after the initial $247.64 for the phone itself).
>If you're thinking of buying a treadmill, consider buying a jump rope. It's a lot of cardio and forces you to keep good form throughout.
>I recently installed a $20 programmable thermostat and I assume I've saved -- some -- money, although it's too early for me to say.
My man, that's exactly how I do it. I don't find driving to be fun or worth any great investment, most of my friends who bought new ($8,000+) cars have wrecked them and ruined their resale.
If my cheap car lasts more than 2 years it's highly inexpensive with the huge boost that no matter what I can still sell the damned thing even if it has some trouble for a decent chunk of the initial investment back.
>>1050751 >do preventative maintenance on your car >split costs with roommates. We split food, utilities, & rent. I pay $50/mo food, 25/mo utilities, 300/mo rent >use spare money to pay down loans while in college.
Get your oil changed at walmart for under 30 bucks. Or get the coupon and go for one of the pricier options... avoid those though, and make sure to never get anything else that they are selling.
Use fuel injector cleaner around the time you get an oil change.
Eventually save up to get a jack for your car, oil filter wrench, and a ratchet with adjustable torque to take the oil plug off. Make sure you know the torque on the plug so you don't strip the screw.
Fuck synthetic, buy regular oil.
Change your air filter yourself.
Buy a tire gauge either electronic or non and check the air pressure once a month.
Don't forget to add oil every now and then. Buy it in bulk.
Buy some transmission fluid as well.
Don't wash your car. Let the rain do it.
Buy wipers only when you absolutely need to. Like once per year is good.
Every 5,000 miles or 8,000km, rotate your tires.
Check engine coolant level.
Unhook the battery and brush off the connectors with a wire brush. They are like 50 cents.
Once a month, turn the car on at night and inspect the lights all around the vehicle.
Whenever you get gas, wipe the outside with a rag and the inside with a rag. Wipe down the inside of the cap too.
When you think of it. wiping off the inside of the engine is a good idea as well. Make sure vehicle is turned off, obviously.
And that is how you deal with cars if you don't really know them. All of my suggestions can be a little advanced especially if you have never changed oil or filters or added fluids, but you can search the internet for your car manual.
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