10 Ways to Save Money That We're Ashamed to Admit

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Piggy bank brokenI don't know about you guys, but I am all for saving money wherever I can. Especially when it comes to grocery shopping and things around the house. Heck, have you been to the supermarket lately? I feel like the prices are going up on the regular and I'm drowning trying to get the basics! Which is why we all have our own little tricks and tips on how to save funds, amirite?

The catch? Not all of these things are techniques you want to brag about to your friends. In fact, some of them are a little disgusting. Check out these 10 money-saving tricks that you may be a little embarrassed to admit:

1. Watering down milk: One CafeMom user admits that since her son loves milk so much, she usually adds water so it lasts longer. Hello, brilliant! Double the milk for half the price? Yes, please.

2. Cut down on laundry detergent: After experimenting, one CafeMom user admits she uses half of the normal amount of detergent in each load and is unable to tell the difference. Definitely one of those "I'll have to see for myself" techniques, but could TOTALLY be worth a shot!

3. Flushing less often: A little gross? Yeah, slightly. But one CafeMom user admits that flushing a few less times a day helped save her and her family a whopping $70 a month!

4. Use expired coupons at self-checkout: Expired coupons may not be such a bad thing anymore. Apparently a lot of self-checkout machines take 'em, according to one CafeMom user. Discount heaven, here I come!

5. Dilute your shampoo: Conditioner is a bit thicker and harder to fuss with, but most shampoos are fine with a little added water. Take out 1/3 of the bottle, replace it with water, and mix well.

6. Reuse containers as bowls: Ever had Cool Whip or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter? Well those containers are perfect for cereal, and MUCH cheaper than those fancy schmancy bowls you've been eyeing from Pottery Barn. 

7. Reuse paper bags as trash bags: One CafeMom user saves some cash by using the paper bags we all snag groceries in as trash bags at home.

8. Air dry: Save money on electricity bills by hanging clothes out to dry instead of throwing them in a dryer. Who cares if it takes longer?

9. Buy closer to expiration date: If you're at the store looking for chicken or meats you know you're going to cook same day or next, look for packages with upcoming dates. The products are still good and often are put on sale since stores want to get rid of 'em.

10. Rinse coffee filters: Think that coffee filter is done after one use? Think again. Simply rinse out the grinds and lay it flat to dry. You should be able to use it once more, at least.

Do you have any tips and tricks to saving money?


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Stell... StellarsMommy

My Father washes Ziploc bags and reuses them... only man I've ever seen do such a thing!

LadyM... LadyMinni

Money saving tip you won't be ashamed of: Don't shop at Pottery Barn. My god, the prices are so jacked up. Go to Walmart and get yourself a good set of Corells that you can pass down to your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.... Then you don't have to eat off of garbage, but you don't spend a massive amount.

work4... work4mickey


Right on.

Um, reusing coffee filters. I get a pack of 100 at dollar tree. Even over the course of a year, that might save what, 5 bucks. And how much trouble have you put forth?

work4... work4mickey

If you have a matching set of salad bowls and they all say cool whip on the side...you might be a redneck.

(Actual Jeff Foxworthy joke)

sconn... sconniegirl

StellarsMommy--I wash my ziploc bags and reuse them too! My husband hates it, but those bags get expensive!! As long as there wasn't meat or something spoiled in them...they're fair game! Hubs will see the light one of these days :)

I've also been known to save/dry gently used paper towels for reuse...but maybe I'm just crazy!

shell... shelly3307

using expired coupons is fraud! Even if the machine accepts them, doesn't make it legal.

Lori Schumacher

My grandmother used to wash out ziploc bags adn reuse, but she also froze fast food when it was a deal.....i.e. $1 chicken nuggets and when Arby's had 5 for $5 sandwiches...GROSS...LOL.  I use the plastic containers instead of ziplocs.  Less in the landfill and less out of pocket.

Korena McArthur

I line dry saves me 20$ a month, i also save all plastic containers. I use some to start seeds in for the garden or store left overs in.. I dont reuse them after Ive started the seeds.. lol

Nicole Chumley

You could make your own cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc .. it's easy & saves you money. There are recipes for almost every cleaning product on the market, in a DIY, much CHEAPER form. Even Clorox disinfecting wipes!

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