Here are a few examples of "tiny" ways I am frugal:
- I used to throw my so-called dirty clothes in the laundry after wearing them once. It didn't matter if all I had done was wear an outfit to the mall for a couple hours. At the end of the day, the outfit went in the hamper. As a kid, we washed our towels and washcloths after every single use. Now that I am smarter, I use the same towel several times. That makes a huge difference in our electric bill, plus the towels last longer. If I wear a pair of shorts to run a few errands, I change out of them when I return home and will wear them again the next day. I do wear t-shirts and underwear only once. I sweat too much to get a second use out of them.
- A couple years ago one of my friends saw me applying my deodorant. He commented about how much I use. While I have heard of some misers who can get away without wearing deodorant at all, I still need it. But, after that comment I began reducing my usage a little at a time. I find that today I use about 75% less deodorant, and I don't stink.
- About once a month we try to use everything up from the refrigerator before shopping for groceries. The last few meals get a little interesting, but doing so prevents spoiled food from hiding behind other items.
- I use my bicycle to handle local errands whenever possible. There's a paved trail that crosses my street. I can use that to go to the grocery store, the library, and the hardware store, among other places. I get my exercise in this way, and save wear and tear on my car.
Tomorrow I will look at places where I spend more money than I have to. Smart frugality, after all, is an investment that should pay dividends over the long haul.