What money-saving habit should everyone know

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When frugality is a continuum, some people fall very far at one end (let's call the end "saving used aluminum foil in a drawer"). You'll go a lot (really great) to save a few dollars (or even pennies) here and there. Some of their habits - even if they are totally smart - could be extreme, but maybe you can learn something from them.

Here are some really frugal habits, along with a few toned-down frugal tips that you can try instead ...

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The ultra-frugal habit:

Rotate batteries from high-powered items (such as children's toys) to lower-powered items such as toys. B. your TV remote control.

The economical alternative:

You could flip your batteries OR you could just switch to rechargeable batteries (these are great) and save yourself the hassle.

The ultra-frugal habit:

Keep a basket by your printer or in your desk to save any printed piece of paper for possible reuse.

The economical alternative:

Use smaller fonts, thin margins, and print on both sides of the page if possible. (And if you're doing this partly because you worry about the environment, switch to recycled paper or, you know ... talk someone into how to go digital.)

The ultra-frugal habit:

Save the wrappings of butter sticks for later and use them to lubricate pans when you cook.

The economical alternative:

Buy butter in bulk and let it freeze. It can be kept for a year or more, so you don't have to worry about the goods going bad.

The ultra-frugal habit:

Avoid left turns when driving (at least UPS does this to save fuel costs!).

The economical alternative:

Avoid idling and excessive use of the air conditioner. However, don't wait until your gas tank is almost empty to fill it if all you have to do is decide which gas station is closest to you - look for the lowest price in your area instead.

The ultra-frugal habit:

Wash the plastic sandwich bags for reuse after use.

The economical alternative:

Invest in mason jars (they're easier to clean!) Or reusable food storage bags that you will use over and over again.

The ultra-frugal habit:

Cut and dye your own hair at home.

The economical alternative:

If you really know what you're doing then you should definitely do it - but if you're thinking about trimming your bangs based on a YouTube tutorial, maybe you can skip the craft article and go to a beauty school for a deeply discounted haircut by an exerciser Stylists.

The ultra-frugal habit:

Lower the temperature of your water heater by a few degrees to keep energy costs down.

The economical alternative:

Take a few more minutes of your shower time and switch to washing your laundry in cold water. The laundry is still kept clean, but it doesn't use as much energy.

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