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Monday, March 19, 2012

You Know You’re a Tightwad If…

I scoff at most tips for saving money. “Use coupons when things go on sale.” Hmph. Who doesn’t do that?!

I wasn’t born during the Great Depression. I just act like it. Here are some real tightwad tips:

*Cut the toothpaste or hand cream tube open to get out the last bit.
*Fuse the old soap scrap onto the new bar.

*Buy big boxes of tissue and transfer smaller amounts to cute little designer boxes, which you re-use.
*Use grocery store bags to line the trash can and waste baskets, and use newspaper sleeve bags for pet waste.
*Reuse wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes and tissue paper. But not ribbon. Life’s too short to use ribbon at all.
*Buy blank cards by the box and write your own “happy birthday” or “get well” message.
*When tennis shoes show signs of wear, trickle them down to walking in the woods, then to yard work.
*Make a quilt out of t-shirts with sentimental value (i.e. from Billy Joel’s Iron Curtain tour). Use the sleeves for cleaning the bird stuff off the car.
*Use the backs of “Page a Day” calendars for scrap pads.
*Slice out the unused paper from school composition books and spiral notebooks and use for first drafts and lists.
*Tap and shake the ink cartridges to get a few more pages of printing.
Are you shaking your head, saying, “Oh, please!” yet?
The best money-saving tip of all? Stay out of stores.

Contributed by Elaine Jack, Assistant Editor, Today's Family magazine.


  1. My grandmommy (who grew up during the Depression) would be so proud of you! I admit, I do a lot of these things, too.

  2. Absolutely perfect post! That last one...I figured out a long time ago when my income was downsized by 3/4, living on about 1/4 what I use to. If you don't go to the store, you're not tempted.
    thanks for sharing Miranda!

  3. Those tips are so true! Too funny, though :)


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