Tired of spending all of your money paying the bills and buying the boring necessities? Tired of having nothing left over to treat yourself with? Need to reduce your spending to make ends meet? If so then you need these top tips to live frugal:
Get into the 'make do and mend' mindset. People throw so much stuff away these days, and often buy a replacement or hire a professional whenever there is a problem. Learn to sew and you can fix or even make your own new clothes. Invest a few dollars in a manual for your car, and learn to do the maintenance and minor repairs yourself. And find as many people as you can that have some skill in mending things - someone who can fix computers, someone who can do DIY jobs that you can't and so on, and then try to trade with them. Offer to do favors in return for favors and then you won't have to pay for so many things.
Try to anticipate your needs. If you know that you are likely to need something in the future, then start looking for it right away. Then you can buy when there is a super cheap special offer on, rather than buying the best thing you can find on the day when you actually need it right now.
Have a vegetarian day each week. Meat is generally the most expensive component of any meal, so leaving it out at least some of the time will save you cash. If you have a local butcher then you can also ask them about cheap cuts of meat, and there are some bits of an animal that people just don't usually buy, but which are still good to eat, and you may be able to get yourself a bargain.
The internet is a great place to find coupons as well as using price comparison websites. But as in step one, when looking for coupons it is a good idea to take a look on a regular basis, perhaps once per week, to keep an eye out for things that you might need in the future, rather than just trying to find something that you need now.
Organize a party amongst your friends where you all bring in your old stuff and swap with each other! Alternatively sell you old things that you no longer need or use online and get yourself some extra cash.
Use natural alternatives to brand name cleaning products wherever possible. There are 1000 different ways to do this so I'm not going to list them all here, but a simple Google search will throw up loads of great stuff and if you are willing to put in a bit of extra elbow grease it can save you money.