All-over Frugality? A list -
Friday, June 06, 2008
The trouble I find that I am having in putting down my frugal thought on paper for the frugal book I am writing, is that I am so frugal throughout my life, that it is hard to circle in on what information would be the most useful to someone who has a hard time of it - or who is just starting out, whom I assume would be the audience - Or is that wrong thinking? Would beginners at frugality want an upgrade of skills?
As I see in my comments here at thriftyfun.com - I have opinions on LOTS of ways to save on things! Beauty, hair care, wardrobe, entertainment, computer software - I could go on & on. (We just bought 2 used bikes at the beach at a yard sale for $35.) I rarely shop in regular stores anymore - just at discount places and thrift shops and so on - and actually prefer them.
I send off for freebies on a regular basis and do word of mouth marketing for companies like bzzagent.com (Just got some yummy natural nuts/trail mix from Back to Nature which I will duly plug as part of my duties! You can become a bzzagent, too!)
OK - Let me count my frugal ways, and see what happens. I have gotten:
- Frugal dentistry at the USC dental clinic.
- Medications from drug company programs
- Therapy from the Hollywood/Sunset Free Clinic (plus psych drugs) and also clinic care.
- Free classes - An assertiveness workshop at Cal State LA years ago. My Santa Monica Emeritus acting class now.
- Attended free workshops on PR and marketing when I had the theatre.
- Went to a free workshop at Beyond Baroque.
- I have:
- Gotten free exercise classes by volunteering to be in exercise infomercials
- Got free product also from infomercial participation
- Filled out surveys on buying habits and got cookware. (Nice Pyrex, still have it.)
- Sent off for countless freebies through freebie sites on the net. (You know that.)
- Gotten practically free (except for handling charge) tix to hear Peter Frampton
- Learned computers on the job (just paid for manuals)
- Gone to to free workshops on grantwriting (not that I ever got any $)
- Done my own taxes (with the help of a guidebook)
- Helped paint my own apartment
- Put down tile on the floor(s)
- Collected art and collectibles (I have a vintage costume jewelry collection)
- Taken office supplies from offices who were going to throw them out (paper, old letterhead - filing racks - whatever)
- Entered into and won contests - a new TV a few years ago - and a shopping spree at a department store - and cups and books and jewelry
- Cut and colored my own hair (coloring really successful)
- Been paid as a hair model and gotten free haircuts
- Saved up extra samples from my promo work to give to family & friends (still have some Swiffer cloths).
- Had yard sales, participated in others' sales
- Traded old books for cash or credit
- Sold off extra costume jewelry (rhinestones)
- Taken things from my grandmother's old apartment - I still have her tools - and have cookware from my mother and godmother.
- Use free computer programs like jumpcut.com to make my own reel
- Used other free software
- Get free samples from walmart.com on a regular basis
- Especially like cosmetic and health samples - pick some up at the health food store
- Use coupons, like the restaurant ones.
- Park for free whenever possible
- Fix, re-use and recycle and what I can't I give away -
- Sell off used stuff - even junk autos, etc.
- Exchange labor with friends
- Make my own greeting cards/postcards
- Find free sheet music and music instruction on the net
- Find free music downloads on the net
- Get useful promotional items like pocket calendars, pens and pencils and notepads
- Used to just watch free TV - now it's movies on cable
- Only get cell phones through the cell plan
- Keep old big computer monitor
- Buy used furniture at Salvation Army, office stores and elsewhere.
- Review music and get free CDs
- Gone to free lectures and audited classes
- Taught myself Spanish using bargain language CDs
- Recorded my music myself
- Made my own music CD
- Taught myself a bit of editing for my reel, etc.
- Done my own marketing, even viral
- Worked on my own legal issues and consumer complaints
- Tried to do my own teeth cleaning
- Had teeth cleaned at hygienist's clinic
- Picked up good stuff, like an old glass display case - from the street
- Found good stuff in the trash - like lawn furniture
- Always took care of old cars adding additives and so on
- Mended/repaired as much as I could myself - from shoes to small appliances to lamps (easy to rewire)
WHEW! There is even more, but I am tired just thinking about it - Now you - dear reader(s) out there - what sparks YOUR fancy? Do TELL. And thanks.
(Oh, and P.S. spellchecked this using a free spellcheck for the net!)
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Thursday, June 12, 2008 | By sbb1
hi, I think you should start your book off by saying exactly what you have said in this post. It sounds great and makes an interesting beginning. I like your sense of humor and you stick to the point and speak "reality-talk". I enjoy reading your post. Another suggestion I have is for you to use each one of the posts as a warmover at the beginning of each chapter. Much success!
Thursday, June 12, 2008 | By pamphyila
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