Crazy Money Saving Ideas That Aren’t Really That Crazy At All

If you have just started saving money then you might feel a bit crazy at times. After all, it seems that cutting down on what we spend and being inventive about different ways to spend less kind of goes against the grain these days. However, maybe some of these crazy ideas aren’t really all that crazy after all.

Rollerblade to Work

There’s one guy in my town who rollerblades past me just about every single day. I think he might be the only person here who actually owns rollerblades and at first I thought he was a bit crazy to whizz about on them. I realised recently, though, that he travels everywhere for free, avoids annoying traffic jams and gets a lot of exercise at the same time. Err, so what’s crazy about that?

Switch Everything Off and Crack Out the Candles

This is something we already do a few times a year out of necessity. Our town basically runs on hydroelectric power but it also has a 6 month dry season. When the local reservoir gets low, the authorities start cutting back on electricity by switching off the grid on random nights. This is pretty annoying when you are trying to finish something on your PC but it is good fun if you look at it in another way. We crack out some candles and then read stories or invent some games. It’s a great way to have a fun evening without spending anything on electricity, so maybe you should try it out one time.

Have a Clothes Swapping Party

Do you know how it feels when you want to buy some new clothes because you hate all of the stuff you own? Would arranging a clothes swap party with your friends be such a crazy solution to this problem? I guess that you need to have a few friends who also want to save money if you want to make this work. They would also need to have a similar taste to you and use the same size of clothing. This can be an entertaining evening and you might end up finding a new style if you try a few garments you normally wouldn’t pick up in the shops.

Hand Wash Clothes and Dry Them Outside

I have to confess that I love hand washing clothes. I had never, ever done this in my life until I rented a place with no washing machine. It was in South America and in my experience houses there tend to all have a little washing area outside the house. I would stand out in the sun, washing my smelly socks while a friendly humming bird would come to see me. Stick on the radio and you’re in hand washing heaven, even if you don’t have any humming birds living near you. Drying them outside then saves electricity and also gives them a lovely fresh smell.

Use the Bathroom Less

Apparently some people have come up with the tactic of going to the bathroom at work, at university or wherever they are just before they go home. The idea is that you save a flush and, hey, maybe some paper too. I must admit to being a bit less than comfortable with this idea but I guess it could work. Just imagine you have a family of 5 or 6 people who all save a flush a day…

Going Mad with Coupons

Using coupons is a great way to save some money on your shopping but some people can also find it a little bit embarrassing to pull out a wad of coupons at the supermarket checkout. Do you really need to feel this way, though? These days more and more people are searching for coupon codes on sites like the mamma coupon site and the good news is that with the growth of online shopping, no one need know that you are even using them!

Use a Piggy Bank

Maybe you had a piggy bank as a kid but as a grown up you no longer feel that this is appropriate. Why not? These saving devices offer one of the best ways of storing away loose change that you might otherwise lose or spend on something you don’t really need. Why not try using one for a while and see whether or not it helps you save more money?

What other crazy money saving ideas aren’t really very crazy in your opinion?

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13 Responses to Crazy Money Saving Ideas That Aren’t Really That Crazy At All

  1. Michelle says:

    I really need to have a clothing swapping party with my friends. I know there are just so many things that each of us would love to have!
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  2. FI Pilgrim says:

    Wow, the bathroom one IS crazy, in my opinion. The others seem “odd”, but I wouldn’t say crazy.

    Drying clothes outside is something we should do more often, especially since we live in the southern US. 9 months out of the year the clothes would probably dry just as quickly out there!
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  3. weenie says:

    In a similar vein to the bathroom idea, when I go to the gym, I always use the shower facilities and dry my hair before I go home – save on both water and electricity. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all part of my gym membership which I’m paying for anyway so it seems strange to see people leave the gym all sweaty to go home to shower.
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  4. Nicola says:

    I love the idea of candles instead of using electricity :)
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  5. Liz says:

    We are all about keeping of the AC unit until it becomes absolutely necessary. At one point we were able to keep it off for two weeks! That equals some big savings for us.
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  6. We save all of our change! Though we don’t have a piggy bank…just a jar. It adds up! Do they let you know what nights you’ll be without electricity? It sounds like fun, really, but I’d love it so Mich more if I had the ability to plan!
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  7. I love the idea of a piggy bank. I think I will have to get one. I have been dumping coins out of pants pockets for years and just let them collect in drawers. Now that I am on an austerity plan, a central collection point seems a great idea.
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  8. It would be an interesting experiment to make a list of things like this, then do them for a month and see how much they save compared to when you don’t do them. On the surface they may not seem like they’d save much….but a few months ago we were away from home for a total of 10 days. So that was 10 days of not opening the fridge, not turning on the TV, computers off, etc. Our utility bill for the month was crazy low from us not being home for 1/3rd of the month…
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  9. Great tips! Hand washing your clothes really helps you keep a great deal of money. The advantage about hand washing is that you get to hold the quantity of soap or water that you are about to apply.
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