I'm a bit frugal by nature and like to share my experiences and tips on how others can save money.
Make frugality a bit more fun. I am always trying to save a penny here and there if I can as I work my way to becoming debt-free. Rather than just clipping coupons and searching for discounts here and there - I've tried to come up with 20 more fun ways and ideas to save money.
1. Grocery Store Games.
There are all sorts of fun games you can play at the grocery store to save money. For example, see how little you can spend on a week’s worth of groceries. Or see how many items you can get for free using only coupons. You can also try to beat your previous week’s grocery bill total. My personal goal was to spend no more than $10 a day on food - sure it didn't work most of the time - but having a mental limit forces you to get creative.
2. Ditch the Car.
This isn't going to work for everyone but if you live in a city or even a town, see how long you can go without using your car. You’ll save on gas, parking, and maintenance costs. And it’s good for the environment too! Plus, you can then really start to question whether you really need a car. Will a bike (even an electric bike) do? That way you could even save on the gym cost too.
3. Enter Competitions.
There are loads of competitions you can enter for free online and offline. And if you’re lucky enough to win, you could get some great prizes that will help save money. For example, I once won a $250 grocery voucher in a social media competition which really helped out with the food bills for a couple of months. You can get dedicated websites out there to help you streamline the process too.
4. Get Paid to Search the Web.
Did you know that you can get paid simply for using a search engine like Google? It’s true! There are companies out there that will give you points, which can then be redeemed for cash or prizes, just for doing what you do anyway – searching the web. Check out Swagbucks and Qmee for a couple of options.
5. Get Cashback on Purchases.
Maybe not quite so fun, well it is when you get the cashback. There are now quite a few websites and apps that give you cashback on your everyday purchases. So, before buying anything, check to see if you can get your money back on it. A popular cashback site is TopCashback.
6. Do a No-Spend Challenge.
See how long you can go without spending any money – other than on essentials like food and bills, of course. This will really force you to get creative and figure out ways to have fun for free. You could even make it a competition with your friends or family to see who can last the longest.
7. Do a Reverse Budget.
A reverse budget is where you start with what’s left after you’ve paid your bills and then figure out how to make that last for the month. This is a great way to break the cycle of just spending whatever is left after bills are paid. It really makes you think about every purchase and whether it’s really necessary.
8. Play Free Games Online.
There are now loads of great games you can play online without spending any money. So, if you’re looking for a bit of fun, why not give them a go? PrizeRebel is one I particularly like as you can play games and then redeem your points for prizes.
9. Have a Movie Marathon.
Rather than heading to the cinema why not just organize a movie marathon with friends or family and make it a potluck event. Everyone brings food and drink to share and you get to enjoy a night in without spending any money. You could even add in a theme to make it even more fun. For example, you could have an Oscar-winning movie marathon or a marathon of movies set in a particular country.
10. Don't Eat Out and Try New Recipes Instead.
Eating out can be expensive, especially if you do it regularly. So, one way to save money is simply to cook at home more often. And to make things more interesting, why not try making new recipes? There are loads of great ones out there that are easy and cheap to make. Pinterest is a great place to find recipes.
11. Make Your Own Gifts.
If you’re looking for a way to save money on gifts, why not make your own? Homemade gifts are often more appreciated anyway as they’re personal and thoughtful. Plus, it can be really fun to make them.
12. Have a Picnic.
One of the best things about summer is being able to enjoy picnics in the park. And it’s a great way to save money too as you can just pack up some food and drinks from home. Plus, it’s a fabulous excuse to get out in the fresh air and soak up some Vitamin D.
13. Go For a Hike.
Hiking is a great way to see some beautiful scenery and it doesn’t cost a cent. So, next time you’re feeling like getting out and about, why not go for a hike? You could even turn it into a mini-adventure by packing a picnic to enjoy at the top (as we mentioned above).
14. Visit a Museum or Gallery.
Museums and galleries are great places to visit and most of them are free. So, if you’re looking for something to do for the day, why not check out what’s on at your local museum or gallery?
15. Have a Board Game Night.
One of the best things about board games is that they can be enjoyed again and again. So, if you’re looking for a fun and cheap way to spend an evening, why not have a board game night? You could even invite some friends over and make it into a potluck so that everyone brings a dish to share.
16. Check for Freebies Online.
There are now lots of websites and social media groups dedicated to finding and sharing freebies. So, if you’re looking for something in particular, it’s definitely worth checking them out. Freecycle is a great website for finding free stuff in your local area.
17. Check Facebook Market Place for Free Stuff.
Facebook Market Place is a great place to find free stuff. Just do a search for what you’re looking for and see what comes up. You might be surprised at what people are giving away for free. It becomes sort of treasure search and you get a real buzz when you land something you want.
18. See if Your Local Library Has Any Free Events On.
Libraries are not just places to borrow books from anymore. Most of them now have a whole range of events on that are free to attend. So, it’s definitely worth checking to see if your local library has anything on that you might be interested in.
19. Go Camping.
Camping is a great way to save money on accommodation as you can just pitch a tent in the garden or go to a campsite. And it’s a great way to spend some time outdoors too. Just make sure you’re prepared with all the essentials before you go.
20. Have a Scavenger Hunt.
Scavenger hunts are great fun and they can be done anywhere – even in your own home. So, if you’re looking for a fun and cheap way to entertain the kids (or yourself), why not set up a scavenger hunt? You could even make it into a competition with prizes for the winner.
There you have it – 20 funny ways to save money. So, next time you’re looking to cut back on your spending, why not try some of these fun ideas? They might just help you to save a few dollars.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Elin Beck