If you’re looking for lazy frugal tips, you’ve come to the right place! Trying to fit saving money into a hectic schedule is not easy. It’s great to have a freezer full of batch cooked food, but you have to find the time up front to do it. So I’ve come up with some lazy frugal tips to help save money with very little effort. These are things I do week in, week out. Some of them even make life easier, so there’s no excuse!
Even if you do love traditional thrifty and frugal tips, you might find something here that fits the bill and makes things a little easier.
Wash clothes on a shorter cycle and/ or lower temperature
If you washing your clothes anyway, it takes no extra effort to use a different cycle. I started by washing clothes at 30ºc instead of 40ºc, and for lightly worn items that need to be washed, I opt for a 1 hour cycle instead of over 2 hours.
According to Which?, 20ºc is enough to clean most stains, so I’ll be trying this from now on. For bedding and towels, I stick to 60ºc.
Buy non-branded medication
If your buying medication, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or hayfever tablets, it’s much much cheaper to buy non-branded drugs. You may need to take the effort to bend down to the bottom shelf (the expensive ones are the easiest to reach, obviously) but that’s the only thing you need to do differently.
If you can put bags of frozen vegetables in your trolley (online or in store), boil the kettle and put the vegetables and water in a pan for a few minutes, you can make use of this frugal tip.
And it helps you be frugal in a few ways by:
- Making cooking easier; you’ll be more tempted to cook from scratch than rely on convenience food when your vegetables are 5 minutes away from being cooked.
- Producing less waste. You’re not going to have half your broccoli go mouldy!
- Quite often, it’s cheaper than fresh. Green beans is a good example, where you can pay 80p or more for a small fresh tray, or £1.10 for a frozen bag.
- Making it easier to reduce meat the amount of meat you eating. Eating less meat is an easy way of saving money on your food shop. A variety of vegetables on your plate makes it easier to deal with 🙂
Freeze without blanching
I recently learned that you don’t have to blanche vegetables to freeze them. I like to have veg on hand and often preserve fresh vegetables if I have more than I need for a meal, but blanching them (boiling in water for a few minutes then plunging in ice water before freezing) feels like a nuisance.
Carrots and broccoli are especially good. In the case of broccoli, just cut up your florets into whatever size you want, stick them in a freezer bag and straight in the freezer. Carrots are a bit more effort, needing to be peeled and sliced quite thinly, before freezing (I reckon you can get away with not peeling, to be honest, making this an even easier frugal tip). They just take as long to cook as if you hadn’t frozen them.
Drink tap water
It’s the easiest drink you can get yourself and surely the easiest way to be frugal. No cost of squash or tea bags, no need to use electricity. And it’s easy to wash up.
Watch TV snuggled under a blanket
If you’re watching TV (reading a book, surfing the net, or any other seated activity), rather than crank up the heating, see how long you can make do snuggled under a duvet or blanket.
Wash your hair less often
By washing your hair less often, you’ll use less shampoo and have shorter showers. I used to be adamant my hair needed to be washed every day, until I started to skip a day. Then, when I’d gotten used to that, I skipped two days! That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far, but I’m following in the footsteps of friends who have successfully extended their hair washing to once per week!
I used to buy a large bottle of shampoo and conditioner every month, at least, but I buy a heck of a lot less now.
Other lazy frugal tips?
Hopefully this goes to show there are some frugal things you can do that take little or no time.
Do you have any other lazy frugal tips? Let me know in the comments below.