10 Ways to Become Frugal

by Jason Butler on February 10, 2016 · 9 comments

Become FrugalGood Morning Dinks. I hope everything is going well with you. Today, I want to go over 10 ways that will help you become frugal. All of these ideas are things that any person can do.

Buy store brands

The 1st thing on the list is to buy store brands when you are shopping for food. From my experiences store brands are just as good as regular brands. Depending on what the item was I couldn’t even taste the difference. Store brands are also cheaper than the name brands too.

Used car

The next thing on my list is to purchase a used car. New cars depreciate by a few hundred dollars once you leave the car lot. A good used car can be just as good as a new one. It is also much cheaper.

Cut cable

Cutting cable is the next way to becoming frugal. A lot of cable bills are over $100 per month. That is too much money to be paying for it. More people are cutting the cord each month as cheaper alternatives continue to present themselves. There are options like Netflix and Hulu. You can also stream shows from the internet as well.

Cut back on going out

By going out less, you can save a couple hundred dollars each month. There are several things that you have to pay for when going out such as drinks, food, and parking. If you go out three times a week and spend $30 each time, that’s $90 a week and $360 per month. If you stop going out you could save that extra $360 each month.

Smaller place to live

Number 5 on the list is to find a smaller place to live. In most cases the smaller the apartment or house is the cheaper the rent is.

Cook more

It’s no secret that cooking is cheaper than going out. One way to become more frugal is to make your lunch and bring it to work with you every day. This is a practice that I’ve been doing for the last few years. I can say that I’ve saved at least a couple hundred dollars by doing this.

Work out at home

Canceling the gym membership and working out at home is another way to become more frugal. Gym memberships can be expensive. If you’re not going to the gym at least twice a week that membership could be considered a waste. You should cancel it and exercise at home. Working out at home can be very easy. You can grab some weights and a small mat from your local thrift store and start a workout plan. If weights aren’t your thing you can look at hundreds of workout videos on YouTube.

Stop smoking

The 8th way to becoming more frugal is to stop smoking. If you’re a smoker you know that your habit isn’t cheap. By eliminating the cigarettes, you will save $100 – $200 per month. You will also be healthier.

Use coupons

Using coupons is a very popular thing to do if you’re frugal. There are coupons for a lot of items out there these days. It doesn’t make sense to pay full price for things anymore. Speaking of paying full price, that leads me to the final way to become frugal on the list.


The final way to become more frugal is to negotiate things. Whether it’s the price of your internet service or an item you see at the mall, try to negotiate it. The worse thing that could happen is that they will say no. Closed mouths don’t get fed. That’s the honest truth.

What are some ways that you are frugal?

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1 Cynthia February 10, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Great list for savings. I heard for some guys who negotiate with cable mobile and internet provider instead of you. They are persistent and don’t quit after 5 or more re directions. They charge you a percent of your year savings which they arrange. Anybody heard something about it?

2 Jason Butler February 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

I’ve heard of the company before. In my opinion, it’s a waste of money. I can negotiate and get the discounts without having to pay someone else to.

3 Thias @It Pays Dividends February 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

One of the best ways to become frugal is to spend money on things that give you value and fullfilment. Being frugal doesn’t equal being cheap. It means being more intentional with the ways that you spend your money.

4 Mel @ brokeGIRLrich February 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Negotiating can make such a big difference, but I’m always such a chicken about it – ESPECIALLY with my salary.

5 lolobunny February 13, 2016 at 9:58 pm

Great ideas. I like the one about living in a smaller space. We rent a basement suite. When we were looking size did not matter, the inclusion of utilities/laundry did. We patiently scoured so many ads, until we found one we were willing to settle for. It was just a bonus that it is not tiny. Sometimes things work out when you focus on the bigger picture.

6 James Pollard February 14, 2016 at 3:51 am

I love cars, but I don’t think I’ll ever get a new one, no matter how much money I have. Let the other guy take the depreciation hit. Plus I don’t think I could take the psychological toll of giving the car it’s very first ding, scratch or dent. :)

7 Hayley @ Disease Called Debt February 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

I do all of those things in my mission to live frugally. One thing I’m not so great at is constantly reviewing my bills and shopping around for the best deals. It’s time consuming but worth it of course if you can save money.

8 Anita February 18, 2016 at 1:04 am

These are great tips! Thanks for sharing. Hi, I’m Anita visiting from The Pin Junkie Pin Party.

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