Let's face it: existing is expensive. And it's getting even pricier as time passes, given inflation and all that jazz. And while things like online budgeting apps and coupons help, plenty of other little-known hacks out there will save you money. The best part? These tips and tricks require little to no effort yet make daily life better. So if you're looking to up your quality of living while saving bucks on everything from furniture and cleaning products to food (and who isn't?), keep scrolling.
Make Your Vegetables Last Longer With Ziploc Bags
All vegetables have a different shelf life, but many fresh veggies don't last very long, even if stored in the fridge. But the good news is that eating your vegetables in a vacuum will help them last longer before spoiling, which is great for anyone looking to eat vegetables without grocery shopping every day. And who in the world has time to do that? Not us; that much is for sure.
So you should go ahead and purchase a few zip-lock bags for yourself. Think of all the delicious, fresh salads you'll be having. It's worth it, trust us.
Large Mirrors Are Expensive, but Putting Together Smaller Ones Isn't
This is one of those life hacks that any perceptive Ikea shopper has probably already figured out, but we'll go ahead and talk about it anyways, just in case this went under your radar. For some unknown reason, big mirrors cost a lot more than smaller mirrors. We're guessing this has something to do with how they're produced. But there's a way to get that big-mirror feel without breaking the bank: buy a bunch of smaller ones.
Then bunch them all together like in the photo above, making your big mirror out of smaller, more affordable ones.
Keep Stock of Your Fridge's Contents Using Dry Erase Markers
Gone are the days of food going bad while you sit idly by. All you need is a whiteboard marker and your fridge, which can probably double as a whiteboard! It's a nice feature that fridges have that not many people know about. Every time you go grocery shopping, write down everything you bought and erase/edit the list as you consume the items. So, what are you waiting for? It's so easy; go ahead and scribble things on your fridge!
This is one of those life hacks that'll save you time cleaning up your fridge, save money on buying a whiteboard, and cut the cost of food gone bad. And it will generally help you become a more organized person.
Invest $30 on Reusable Towels and Never Buy Paper Towels Again
Okay, this may seem a little bit unintuitive at first; after all, aren't real towels just expensive, fancy alternatives to paper towels? Think again. Thanks to the beauty of online shopping, you can now find cheap, affordable towels. Take the woman who snapped the photo below as an example: she bought 150 of these small towels for $30 online. That was six years ago, and she hasn't spent a cent on paper towels since.
So you should probably think of these as a long-term investment that will pay off in the long run. Besides, they'll make you look so high-brow and sophisticated. Truly a win-win situation.
Turn Your Dad's or Boyfriend's Old Button-Down Into a Cute Matching Set
It's no secret women like stealing oversized clothes from the men in their lives and styling them to their liking. And this woman came up with something extra special; she decided to turn her boyfriend's unused shirts into cute little dresses for herself, which look absolutely stunning! We love this because it's incredibly creative and resourceful. There's no reason not to repurpose clothes like this if you have the skills and time.
Besides, it's just a great way to save money. Instead of splurging on a new dress you really want, you could just make one for yourself. What's not to like?
Ask for the "Damaged" Produce and Get Free Fruits and Veggies
There's an incredible amount of things in this world that exist in some kind of marketing limbo; they're way too good just to throw away but too bad to be able to sell at full price. So, the next time you go rummaging for vegetables at the farmer's market, try asking for the "bad" batch. It's even worth trying out this trick at your local grocery store.
They really aren't that bad, and you'll probably be able to get a pile of perfectly fine veggies for dirt cheap or even free. Sure, they may have a few imperfections, but who cares?
Your Supermarket's International Aisle Has Better Prices
People should always do this little life hack, given just how easy and accessible it is, but some people just don't know about this trick. We're here to break the news to anyone who has yet to hear it: the international aisle at your grocery store probably has some of the same ingredients as other aisles but is cheaper. The high-quality ingredients in this section of the store cost way less due to their lack of branding.
So next time you find yourself in need of some basic, overpriced ingredients (or perhaps a few hard-to-get, exotic ones), go ahead and check out your local international aisle. You never know what you'll find.
Use Cheap Rit Dye to Make Your Bag Like-New
The unfortunate thing about your most beloved belongings is that they have an expiration date. Come to think of it, pretty much all things in life have one. Now, while this morbid fact may be enough to spoil a good mood, rest assured, we know a way to combat the deadly effects of time. At least when it comes to your bag. Rit dye will make it look fresh and new as the day you got it!
So the next time you're bummed out about your old favorite bag looking too old, don't impulsively buy a new one. Try renovating your old one first! It'll be worth it, trust us.
Turn an Old Crib Into Furniture
The thing about raising kids is that you keep having to buy them stuff. This is because children need an incredible amount of toys to get by and because they keep outgrowing the things you just bought. These things could be clothes, but they could also be pricier, like furniture. When it comes to baby cribs, however, there is a way to prevent them from going to waste once your kids grow out of them.
You could, for instance, turn that baby crib into a really nice patio bench. Sure, it may require a bit of skill, but we believe this is one of those things you learn as you go along.
Turn Your Vacuum Into a Backpack Vacuum
It seems as though the older you grow, the more you seem to care for and form strong opinions about vacuum cleaners. We're not sure why this happens, but it's true nonetheless. But, as your taste for vacuum cleaners grows more refined, you will also spend more cash on refined pieces of vacuum cleaning technology. So, why not give your vacuum cleaner a DIY upgrade instead of blowing a ton of money on a new one?
That's where the rope comes in. The rope will turn your regular, old vacuum cleaner into a fancy backpack vacuum cleaner, much like the one you've always dreamed about. Well, not always, but you get the idea.
Stop Spending Money on Those Expensive Mopping Wipes
If you're anything like us, you mop your house at least once every 1 to 2 weeks, if not more. And you're probably tired of having to buy all those expensive cleaning products that always seem to last a minuscule amount of time before ending up in the trash. That's why you should make your own cleaning tools. This young lady, for instance, knitted her own reusable Swiffer pads.
You could also do this if you have a bit of wool or even an old T-shirt lying around. It's something you could make out of the things you have in your home.
Old Fabrics Are Great Makeup Removers
It's weird how some things that have no apparent use at all can turn out to be useful in some cases. If you've ever spent a fortune on makeup removal, you should probably listen up: why not use pieces of old fabric as makeup removers? They'll do the job just fine, you probably have some in your house already, and you'll save a lot of money. It's a win-win-win situation.
We wonder what else you could do with all those old fabrics. We're like 100% sure that there are other creative uses for these bad boys. Just a bit of food for thought.
Your Local Liquor Store Might Have Your Next (free) Shelving Unit
Well, take a look at this pretty thing. Good thing you drank all that wine because all those wine crates you hoarded all this time were always meant to turn into a bookshelf. Good on you for thinking so frugally and so far ahead. That's definitely the mark of a healthy mindset right there. And if you didn't buy enough wine for this hack, just pop by your local liquor store and ask to snoop in their recycling bin.
Wine cases, for some reason unbeknownst to man, make for great bookcases.
Use Those Beat up Dog Toys to Put Together a New One
The thing about dogs is that while they care for their toys, as in they often have a favorite toy out of their other toys, they'll also make do with most of the toys you'll get them. Scratch that; they'll probably love any and all toys you get, given enough time to adjust. That's why you could cheap out and make yourself a new dog toy out of all your dog's previous toys.
So instead of throwing those beat up toys in the trash bin, sew them together.
Can Those Veggies to Keep Them Edible for Years
If you're the type that has a lot of homegrown veggies just hanging around in the backyard or sitting there idly in the fridge, you may want to consider canning all those bad boys and leaving them up for display like this. It'll increase their shelf life by quite a bit, and you'll be able to keep tabs on every one of your homegrown treasures. Doesn't that sound great?
This is just one of those hacks made to aid you in your eternal struggle against things rotting in your refrigerator without you noticing until it's too late.
Weary Dish Sponges Are Great for House Cleaning
Dish sponges are notoriously some of the most practical items you could own. Like, seriously, the amount of uses these things have is incredible. What could these small, insignificant pieces of ragged sponge offer, you ask? Well, we'll tell you: these things are great for some spring cleaning madness! Especially when it comes to the bathroom, these things are great for scrubbing toilets. Kinda gross, but it's true.
You'll be able to save a lot of money if you use these bad boys to scrub any unwanted stains plaguing your household instead of buying some special sponge.
Adhesive Paper Is an Affordable Way to Do a Total Remodel
So while this life hack is something everyone can do, some people will be better at this than others. Some are just naturally gifted at home-improvement projects. That, however, doesn't mean you can't try remodeling a bit of furniture yourself! As they say, practice makes perfect. A little tip for when you do try: get some adhesive paper! You'll save money on both a professional (as this is as easy as a DIY remodel gets) and on expensive material.
You'll save money on many things you'd ordinarily buy for the remodeling if you just use adhesive paper (which frequently works just as well as other materials). Happy remodeling!
You Don't Need a Garden to Grow Your Own Onion Chives
The thing about growing green onion chives is that you can do it from the comfort of your own kitchen. You don't need to have a special garden or some sort of space specifically designed to grow vegetables; those green onions will grow anywhere. When it comes to growing green onions, the only thing you should be worried about is cutting off their ends and putting their roots in water.
After that, you should worry about what dish you'll be garnishing with your newly grown onions. Time to get cooking, chef!
Date Night Shouldn't Break Your Wallet
Anyone who has ever been in a stable, long-term relationship knows that date night is some sort of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's a great way to reinvigorate your relationship and inject excitement into your day-to-day life. On the other hand, date nights tend to be quite expensive. So, why not save money by coming up with frugal but fun activities, such as this at-home wine and painting date?
Just look at how fun this seems. It doesn't get any better than drinking copious amounts of wine while painting your masterpiece alongside the legend himself, Bob Ross. Oh, and your significant other, of course.
Easily Add Back Support to Any Cheap Office Chair
The thing about office chairs is that they really shouldn't be that expensive, but companies know just how desperate people are to avoid back aches at all costs, even if it means splurging a few hundred dollars on a cutting-edge office chair. But, truth be told, you don't really need something that expensive. You could just use a high-quality pillow and a pillow case on a regular, non-office chair.
Look at the chair in this photograph; doesn't it look comfortable? It seems very comfortable to us, but maybe we just aren't office chair experts. Actually, we definitely aren't.
Turn Extra Bed Slats Into Useful Shelves
We didn't know that you could use bed slats in this fashion. Who would have thought you could use those bed slats to craft your own handmade spice rack? This is certainly one of those life hacks that require a certain skillset and affinity to carpentry, but where there's a will, there's a way. Pretty much everyone can build him or herself a spice rack out of bed slats.
Sure, it may take a few tries, but that's just the nature of trial and error. You'll get it right eventually. So what are you waiting for? Go make your own spice rack!
Discarded Maps Make for Great Wrapping Paper
Okay, so we hate to be the ones to state the ugly truth, but maps are definitely a thing of the past. Satellite technology, GPS technology, modern smartphones, public Wi-Fi, and other recent developments in navigation technology have made maps pretty much obsolete as long as you have an internet connection. So what is one to do with all the maps lying around one's house? That's easy - use them for gift wrapping!
Why not? Maps are delightfully aesthetic, which means they'll make for very pretty gift wraps, and it's better than having those pesky maps scattered all around your household.
Tired of Paying Rent? Go Live in a Wildlife Sanctuary
Have you ever gotten fed up with paying rent? Ever had enough of the hustle and bustle of modern urban life? Well, we may have just the solution for you. You should probably consider moving to the woods! Now, while this may seem daunting, moving to the woods today isn't the same as it was a hundred years ago. For one, plenty of programs will let you live rent-free in the woods.
The catch is that you'll be responsible for looking after a wildlife sanctuary. Sure, this isn't for everyone, but anybody remotely interested in living in a remote destination should consider this.
Stop Buying Those Expensive Grocery Store Berries
Any berry enthusiast will willingly tell you just how expensive all their favorite berries are. We're not sure why all these little pieces of fruit are so costly, but we certainly can't deny that they are. So, our little loophole about berries is to pick them ourselves by hand. Yeah, you can do that! There may be some berries growing on trees or bushes in your vicinity.
Just be careful not to pick and eat anything you shouldn't be eating. That'll certainly end poorly for you. Maybe consult the internet before going on your berry-hunting spree.
Forget Buying Books - Register to Your Library
To all Barnes & Noble enthusiasts, we know you love books; you've made that pretty clear. However, we also know of a place with even more books, like, way more books. They pretty much have every important book ever written. Also, check this out: all those books are on sale! You can get them for free! What is this amazing place we know about? Well, it's called the library; ever heard of it?
Libraries are seriously one of the world's most overlooked lifehacks. Sure, you won't be able to keep the book forever, but you will get to read it for free, which is amazing.
Trashed Shipping Pallets Make for Great Tables
Okay, so we've definitely heard of people decorating their houses with all kinds of forgotten and forsaken junk, such as wooden planks, crates, and whatnot. We haven't, however, ever heard of someone building a table out of trashed shipping pallets he found somewhere. That is, however, exactly what this guy did, and it is certainly a first for us. It's definitely creative and inspiring. It goes to show just that you can make a lot from a little.
So this should be interpreted as some sort of inspiring, encouraging message meant to encourage you to go ahead and build that thing you always dreamed of building for yourself. It doesn't have to be expensive!
You Can Turn Four Heads of Garlic Into This
Growing your vegetables in your backyard is one surefire way of saving a bit of money if we've ever heard of one. You may think this life hack is too much to handle, but it's a great way to save money while nurturing a new hobby. Plus, you can start with an easy grower! If you have the time and the space for this, we suggest beginning by growing your own garlic.
Just think about the pride you'll feel as you eat the garlic you grew yourself. Isn't that enough to make you want to try this?
If You Need Some Cash, Strip Electrical Wires
So, before we go ahead and talk about this hack right here, we're going to state that if you do decide to do this, you should take extra care and be careful! Copper can go for around three bucks a pound, which is quite a bit when you think about it. Just strip the coating off electric copper wires and get to the good stuff - the copper.
It may seem like a lot of soulless, mindless work, which it kind of is, but it's the type of work you could do while watching TV or just chilling.
Free Hand-Me-Downs Are Full of Potential
There comes the point in a person's life where they decide that it's high time that they got themselves a piece of nice furniture, which is definitely something that most people who first set out to live in their own house, outside their parents' care, don't have. That's because furniture is abhorrently pricey. You could, however, take a piece of worn-out furniture and make it look great through some DIY magic!
That is exactly what this person did when confronted with this old and weary stool. He totally made it look fresh once again. We wouldn't mind sitting on that stool, that's for certain.
Your Local Gas Station Will Probably Give You Free Leftovers
Okay, we're not sure we totally recommend this one, but if you're especially down on your financial luck or just have an iron stomach, then you could always frequent gas stations at the end of the day and collect all the different foods about to be thrown out. Now, while this may be a bit risky, it is a great way to save a lot of money on food if you do this consistently.
Just don't come to us complaining about all the stomach issues that free gas station food has been causing you. We definitely warned you about that; you can't say we didn't.
Turn Your Failed Polaroid's Into Little Works of Art
The thing with film photography is that there's always a risk of your photos turning out completely wrong. That's just a hazard that comes with the occupation, unfortunately. That doesn't, however, mean that you can't do anything with your burnt-out film; you could turn them into the base of your next visual masterpiece! Why not draw on those expensive pieces of film paper? It's a great way to make the most out of a bad situation.
So next time you (or the people who developed your photos) screw up, make the most out of it and draw yourself a nice little drawing on your blank paper.
Your Grandad's Shaving Razor's Probably Better Than Yours
We guess what they say is really true: they don't make them like they used to. This life hack is a lifesaver. It's also incredibly convenient and accessible, as long as you have access to your grandpa's belongings. Chances are he has a razor or two that he doesn't need anymore. Now, ignore just how jaded they look; these things were built to last. That's just how things used to be done.
Now, do they look completely worn out and jaded? Yeah, sure, but that's nothing a little bit of cleaning won't fix. With a little bit of effort, these bad boys will be as good as new in no time.
Get Your Steps in and Get Paid All at Once
This is one of those life hacks that have a vast number of perks: firstly, you'll be able to make a couple of bucks by giving them to places that pay for used cans, such as supermarkets and such. Secondly, you'll be doing your part for the environment, which is always good. Finally, you don't need anything to do this, which will motivate you to go on more walks.
As we all know, walks are wonderful for your physical and mental health. So next time you're up and about, why not try collecting a few cans?
Those Face Mask Wires Are Actually Pretty Handy
The thing about that global pandemic we all had to go through is that it left a hefty amount of new facemasks scattered all around our houses. Seriously, we don't know a single person who doesn't have at least 5 of these somewhere around the house. So, instead of letting these things just lie there without purpose, you should probably invent a new purpose for them! Like, why not?
What purpose could these have, you ask? Well, the adjusting bands on these masks are great for tying things up. Just look at all the things this person tied up in the attached pictures.
This Adorable Tradition Will Save Money and Safekeep Memories
Okay, so this couple came up with a great way to save a lot of money on greeting cards while also inventing a fantastic, romantic gesture. Instead of buying new cards, exchange the same card each time you write to each other. That way, you can check out what you previously wrote in the past. It's a really cool, affordable, and accessible gesture that just has a certain charm to it.
You could also do this with people who are not your significant others. Perhaps a good friend or a family member. We'd be willing to bet there isn't a person in the world who wouldn't enjoy this.
You'll Save Tons if You Stop Buying Prepackaged Food
If there's one thing that being an adult in the modern world has taught us, it's that prepackaged food is overpriced. Seriously, we're not sure why that little sheet of plastic wrapping has to cause such a dramatic pricing spike, but it does. That's just a fact of life at this point. All the more reason to go ahead and buy unpackaged things and just take half an hour to package them yourself.
The only thing you need is a little bit of time and some Tupperware. You'll be surprised to see how much money you save on prepackaged food. Seriously!
Rakes Are Feeble Things - Repair Them With Broken Hockey Sticks
Anyone who's ever had the displeasure of using rakes knows just how ineffective they can be; they also tend to break quite a bit. Do you know what other things tend to break? Hockey stick. These two things are truly a match made in heaven. If you have any broken hockey sticks just lying about, you should probably think about duct-taping them to your broken rake. It just makes sense.
You'll end up with an ultra, mega rake that is far superior to other regular, old rakes. You'll be on the cutting edge of cyborg rake technology. Doesn't that sound fun?
Craiglist Is Your Best Friend
When it comes to preposterous DIY projects that should, for all intents and purposes, cost you a fortune the size of your entire net worth three times over, Craiglist is certainly your best friend. Take this photo of a chicken and secure all of the resources from Craigslist. How much did it cost him? You guessed it, absolutely nothing. That's right; he made this thing for free! Isn't that something?
Now, this isn't true just for DIY materials; there's a lot of great, free stuff going around on Craiglist. People tend to amass a lot of stuff they have no use for.
Wrapping Paper? You Meant Tarp, Right?
Forget wrapping paper. That is so 20th-century. It just isn't sheik anymore. Why not give your presents a homely feel with a bit of tarp and bungee cords to wrap them up nicely and tight? Sure, it may not look as good as your run-of-the-mill wrapping paper, but it does have the charm of something you hand-crafted, which is sure to impress some people. It shows you have no problem putting a bit of effort into them.
Okay, it may also show that you're a bit of a cheapskate, and that's fine. Nowadays, if you're not a bit of a cheapskate, you're probably either really rich or financially irresponsible.
Ragged Old Clothes? Turn Them Into Little (or Big) Rugs
Let's be honest: most of our closets are filled with old, ragged clothes we don't wear anymore. Some of it we keep as memorabilia, and some of it we're just too lazy to throw out. But we have a solution that'll put those old pieces to use and add a cute accessory to your home: help yourself to a new rug by braiding together all those old (or new) unneeded clothes.
It also just seems like a fun thing to do as a hobby. Everyone could use a new interest or two. It just makes life that much more interesting.