I don’t know of anyone who is more frugal than my grandparents.

Not only are they great savers but they at times hoard things. You’ll go by their homes and find stuff they have for over 10 years. And many times it looks pretty new as if it’s not used much.

Only if we could adapt some of their frugal habits. They know how to stretch every penny and make their money works perfectly for them. It was a way of living for them!

In this post, I want to share some of these frugal living tips with you to help us save more money and minimize the amount of debt we may have.

Luckily, I still used many of these frugal tips since they have passed down to me from my mother.


1. Re-purposing or Reuse Items

From jars, empty containers, Ziploc bags to even grocery bags. You name it all.

I can’t find the courage to toss away an empty pasta sauce jar. There are so many things you can do with these items.

For instance, with a jar you can use it for DIY, recipes, to even home décor projects.

This could be candles, sewing kit, craft storage, candle holders to painted vases. You can use the grocery bags that you get from Walmart etc as garbage bags.

It has been over one year since I have purchase garbage bags.

Related: 8 Products That You Can Reuse A 1000 Times and Save Money

2. Plant Your Own

Luckily, my grandparents were farmers so they were able to provide for all the kids.

Planting your own vegetables and fruits can help you save a lot of money in the long run. Some of the most beginner-friendly produce that you can start planting are pumpkin, watermelon, lettuce, cucumbers, and corns.

You’ll also be confident in the food that you’re consuming.

Related: How To Grow Vegetables In Container For Beginners

3. Learn To Bake

This could be from bread (different variations like cheese and garlic bread), cinnamon rolls, to even tortillas.

You’ll save more money with this frugal tip and many times your baked goods tend to serve longer.

You’ll be surprised by the number of things you can bake instead of buying which would be much healthier and taste just as lovely.

4. Hang Your Clothes On A Line


In many third world countries, this is what they do. Washing your clothes in a tub and hanging them outside to be dry is completely normal.

This helps you save on both electricity and water. If you have a washing machine, you can just put your clothes out to dry. ( You are still saving)

This frugal tip from grandma could be a good alternative for someone moving in their first home that can’t afford a washer or dryer. And in some cases both!

5. Stop Wasting Food

Food waste is a no-no for grandma. Is either you eat it off or the rest goes in the refrigerator.

Even though this is a great way of saving money, it wouldn’t make sense if you’ll keep the leftover in the refrigerator for a week only to toss it in the bin.

6. Wear Your Clothes Out

I have a blouse that is about 5 years old.

I mean it still fits and it still looks wearable. Instead of buying clothes every 6 months – only to wear it a couple of times try this method to save money.

Grandma would always wear her clothes until it’s no use again. Once it’s still looking good and fits then its worthy of staying in your closet a bit longer.

6. Work Together

You may be wondering what working together as to do with frugal living but it means everything.

You don’t have to pay for a babysitter when your aunt, mom, or even an older sibling can help with that.

That’s why an old saying states that it takes a village to raise a child.

Furthermore, if someone in your family has a farm then you can get fresh produce cheaper or even for free. You’ll end up saving more money while helping each other.

7. Batch Cooking

You’ll end up saving more on money and time while reducing food waste.

In today’s world, it’s known as meal prepping (a fancier term) but this has been around for a long time.

You could batch cook casseroles, bread, soup, to even macaroni and cheese. The key is to make every meal stretch for the family and freeze leftovers.

To make batch cooking easier use large pots, do it on weekends, and listen to music while cooking.

Related: How to Meal Prep Like A Expert

8. Have Basic Sewing Skills

My mom used to sew my uniforms for school, and cute suits for church.

And we save a ton of money!

Oh, and she sews all my baby clothes too. You may not have advanced sewing skills but knowing just the basics can help you in the long run.

Many times we toss or give away clothes because of minor adjustments to make to it. But with basic sewing skills, you can fix that immediately.

10. Do it Yourself

Instead of calling someone to paint or fix something around your home why not do it yourself.

The difference with this era compared with our grandparents is that we have information at the tip of our fingers.

All you have to do is go on Youtube or type in google on how to do something and a wide range of answers pop up.

This could also go for soap making, handsantizer, all purpose soap, candle making or any other household items.

11. Hand-wash Dishes

A little secret, I have never used a dishwasher. I don’t even think I know how to use one even though I have one.

Not only does it save on water and energy but it’s a great chore for kids. There are some surprising benefits for washing the dishes by hand and one is to reduce stress.

12. Pass Down Clothes to Younger Siblings

Yes!! I can’t tell the number of times my younger sister actually asked for an item of clothing from me that obviously cannot fit her.

If you had a baby recently and planning to have another one soon then you can keep back those clothes (depending on the gender ofcourse).

Once an item of clothing that can’t fit an older sibling but its in good condition then give it to the younger ones if they want it.

Most of the time, the younger one will be elated.

13. Buy Used When You Can

You can find great quality items at garage sale and thrift store etc at a cheaper price.

You don’t need to buy everything brand new. This could range from appliances, certain furniture, toys, baby items, books, refurbished computers to even used tools.

There is a wide range of things that you can get cheap especially when people are moving and don’t have enough space to carry everything or just can’t bother.

14. Rewear Clothes Before Wash

If you’re tired of laundry piles and won’t find this gross then you can try this.

Right now, I have clothes that go under the category ‘dirty and not so dirty’.

With a little sniff, you’ll know where each clothes belongs. Some clothing that you could wear again would be like jeans, pajamas and even bras.

Clothing that you should never wear more than once would be underwear.

During the summer or hot days, try to re-wear clothes less.

15. Buy With Cash

The best way to stop impulse shopping is by bringing a specific amount of cash on you.

Instead of using your credit card to make purchases, use cash instead to help you manage your money.

You can try the envelope cash system where you label each envelope and budget the amount of money needed.

16. DIY gifts

Gifts can become expensive over the years. From birthdays to holidays, you can easily spend hundreds of dollars without hesitation.

But you can reduce the cost of gift buying by making the gift yourself.

From mason jar gifts, homemade candles, sugar scrub, or a simple gift box.

17. Keep Your Cell Phone

Nowadays, people aren’t even keeping their phone for one year. Once a new version comes out, they buy it instantly.

Can you imagine what you could do with that extra cash? Instead of buying a new phone every year, why not keep your present cell phone until it’s no use.

You’ll see how long your phone can serve you.

18. Use Toiletries Until There’s Nothing Left

Do you know that some of the stuff you toss away can be used for an extra week?

Like lotions, makeup items to even toothpaste. So ensure to squeeze out every bit of toothpaste and lotion before tossing it away.

You can actually tear the toothpaste open and use your brush to get the residue out.

It might not save you a lot of money but a little bit can go a long way.

19. Find Extra Ways To Make Money

Grandma would find different ways of making money to help take care of the home.

Whether it’s sewing, hairdressing, poultry farming, baking or whatever she can do on the side.

And guess what? You can do it too! One of the easiest ways to earn extra cash is through surveys.

20. Be Mindful of Utility Usage

If you’re leaving your home, then plug out as many appliances as you can from tv, cell phone charger to computers.

This helps you save on energy.

In addition, ensure to turn off all lights when not in use, don’t allow the kids to spend a ton of time in the shower etc.

You get it! It’s all about saving.

21. Find Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Yourself

Finding a way to enjoy yourself while spending time with your family that doesn’t cost money can be a gamechanger.

Instead of clubbing or eating out, why not have a movie and game night with your family. Or go to the park or visit places that you can go and enjoy yourself for free.


There are so many frugal living hacks we can actually learn from our grandparents or even the great depression. These frugal living tips are old fashioned but it’s still effective in saving money.

If you want to stop living paycheck to paycheck or start saving money now – then you need to give these tips a chance.

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