Saving serious money can call for some serious decisions, even crazy decisions. The suggestions below are on the extreme, edge-of-the-cliff side of savings. They are not all for the fainthearted savers.
They are often not for people attached to the idea of hygiene.
Don’t shower everyday
Save on water, soap and the need to buy Valentines Day presents.
Not such a bad one, Really, every day is a lot of hair care and you could save dimes (and time) by trimming that back to a couple of times a week.
No more toilet paper
Mmm, after you on that one.
Take a navy shower
A sentence asking to be made into a joke, but really in reference to the procedure of using water only to get wet and rinse. Save on water, soap but may still need to fork out for the Valentines Day present.
Sew your own clothes
It’s not that hard, and you can pretend to be old school. Spend the difference on a rocking chair and some baccy and you’re set.
It’s cold, and accessories all cost, so think about knitting your own gloves, scarves, beanies. It’s not hard to learn, and it’s much cheaper. You can also choose the perfect colour, which is always exciting.
Wash your clothes
In the shower. Take them in with you. Personally, I like to give my clothes a break from close contact with my body, but I’ve always been picky.
Make your own soap
See number five for the old school retro feel that you’re going for. Making your own soap will also help if you hate preservatives, or the ignorance of products that comes with a lot of consumers purchases.
Stop wearing make-up
You will end saving money, the cost of make-up is out of this world and you do wash it off at the end of every day (unless you’re me, where you wipe it off on the pillow every evening).
No more razors, no more shaving cream, no water wastage, Go for the radical artistic look, and you might even get girls while saving money.
Cut your own hair
You’d save a lot of money, and who likes straight hair cuts anyway? That’s so 2006.
Use mayonnaise… on your face
Apparently it’s a great moisturizer. I’ll report on the truth of this next week.
Live on the run
Why the need for a permanent location for your home? Why not get mobile, and get a mobile home? It’s way cheaper and there’s no land tax.
Take in boarders
If you have a spare room, why not earn some extra cash by having boarders? Just vet them first, unless you really like Pink Floyd being played until 4 in the morning and having a dirty washing drying throughout your living room.
Live in your car
Not comfy, not sensible, but most definitely cheap.
Cut paper napkins in half
Clever, but probably not as cheap as just having linen napkins and washing them. Probably not as good for the environment either.
Live without heating or air-conditioning
Again, I might get someone else to roadtest that first before I willingly set myself up for hypothermia and heat exhaustion.