Here's a few gems I found:
*Use microwave instead of stove and oven as much as possible. Mmm, nothing like microwaved roast at the end of a long day. You can use it to scrub the dish you nuked it in after no one eats it!
*Minimize the number of times you open and close refrigerator door. Damn, there goes my "free time activity" while the kids are napping.
*Put a 5 gallon bucket in the bottom of the shower. Use the water to fill the back of the toilet or water plants outside. "Hey Honey? Don't forget to water the plants with the leftover dirty butt water!"
*Turn the water off in a shower while you are soaping up, lathering hair and shaving. Seriously? You go first.
*Shower with another person in the family. This could get awkward if you have guests.
*Fast regularly. Otherwise known as "starve to death".
*Buying two-ply toilet paper and pulling the sheets apart. This one just made me laugh.
There is a difference between being "frugal" and being "bat shit crazy". I'm all for saving money and simplifying, but...wow....
OK, so here's what you can't find when you're looking for budgeting and money saving tips: Information for people with no money. And by no money I mean there's enough to pay your bills and buy food. "Pay yourself first" isn't a good tip if you can barely pay your bills. Neither is "insulate your water heater and windows" (costs money, no money, hellloooo) or "buy energy saving appliances" (yeah, let me get right on that.)
Where's the reality? Those aren't money saving tips for your everyday family. Those are for people who want to save enough money to take two vacations this year instead of one, unlike me, who is taking none. (Except for the ones I take in my head, of course.)
So, even though you didn't ask for it, here it is, folks. Lindsay's guide to living a frugal and simple life.
Don't buy shit you don't need.
Ok, my lovely blogger friends, lay it on me. What's the most creative way you've found to save money?