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2. Go with a smaller house.
39. Save energy.
40. Save gas.
I also rent. What I have is well managed for heating and cooling. I don't understand all those modern buyers and builders with those huge ceilings. Sure, they look nice, but they also setup large convection cells that transfer your heat right to the ceiling in the winter. You might as well just open a window a crack, the losses are that large.
3. Go with a smaller car.
As a working man I have to budget for replacement. I assure you the next thing I get will get a lot better gas mileage. I'm also considering a motorcycle in addition, to choose transport options; a car or truck for hauling and severe weather, and a 'cycle for personal transport only.
4. Rent rather than own.
33. Stop paying interest.
Since there's no way I can be assured of my ability to finish a 15-30 yr mortgage, it would be insane to enter into a purchase agreement. I can't stay gainfully employed long enough to either save the necessary money, nor show enough stability to qualify for a survivable mortgage. America has told me that I can't have a home. Well, fuck America.
5. Look for used first.
9. Adopt a minimalist wardrobe.
11. Don’t shop.
41. Only buy bargain clothing (when you need clothes).
What's a store? Oh, yeah, places where you buy new stuff. Other than food and consumables I rarely get new items. My clothes come from the Salvation Army. I can buy a pair of pants at some dept store for 25 bucks, and chances are it won't fit me in a few months due to unpredictable shrinkage ... or I can buy a worn pair at the SA for 4 bucks. Hmm! Yeah, ain't THAT a tough decision ... NOT.
6. Eat out less.
7. Eat out frugally.
I rarely eat prepared food, but when I do, I pay a fair price to get good food. I tip well, too. I might as well, since I don't eat in a restaurant except rarely (most of my "eating out" is Chinese take-out).
10. Stop online impulse buys.
What's an "impulse buy"?
13. Cut out cable.
What's cable? Oh, yeah ... TV. Who has time to watch the most inane shows on Earth when I have all these books and blogs to read?
14. Use the library.
30. Cancel subscriptions.
I do like movies. As long as I'm willing to wait about 12-18 months, I see every major movie produced for free ... by taking them out of the library when they arrive. I just saw "Apocalypto". Despite that Hollywood thinks, I didn't feel the loss in the last 18 months for not seeing the movie on the big screen.
15. Find free entertainment.
16. Frugal exercise.
17. Stay healthy.
I chased burglars just the other day. Hey, it didn't cost me anything, and I didn't get shot. You can't get any more entertaining and cheap than that.
21. Sell your clutter.
27. Batch your errands.
Who the hell DOESN'T do this?
28. Stay home.
35. Travel frugally.
You betcher ass. Why pay rent for a place you don't spend time in?
29. Stop using credit cards.
What's a credit card? Oh, yeah, that's that expensive little luxury that you use to buy a whole bunch of new shit that you don't need in the first place. Sorry, I'm not that deranged.
31. Make your own.
32. Do it yourself.
38. Maintain stuff.
Oh, yeah. When you don't blow through your money by buying stuff then tossing the shit out when it breaks (AND IT WILL), then you have to make do, use it up, and wear it out.
34. Reduce convenience foods.
I have no idea who actually uses those convenience stores.
37. Cut your own hair.
Short hair + mirror + $4 clippers = another $10 I don't have to spend every 3 months.
That's a joke, right? I noticed back in the 1990s that telecommuting was just a scam. Businesses far preferred having employees show up for work regardless of how telecommutable their work was. Largely, telecommuting was used by the elites in business to avoid working. When telecommuting made more sense, companies just farmed out the work overseas, so you went from working to unemployed without that middle step.
43. Plan ahead.
What, doesn't everyone?
44. Cook ahead.
What do you think all that Tupperware is for?
45. Wash clothes less.
46. Sun-dry clothes.
I've found that a pair of pants gets less dirty than a shirt, so after wearing it once you can hang it up and it airs out well enough. Shirts tend to get sweaty, and as we all know, the minerals in sweat are feasted upon by bacteria and their subsequent waste products are fairly smelly. Batches of shirts and socks have to undergo washing, and washers are great for that.
Past that point, I air dry and only dryer-dry with extreme rarity. My clothes last longer -- what do you think all that lint in the dryer trap really is? -- and seem to feel better on my skin. Also, in the winter, when I'm struggling to keep inside air moist, drying clothes inside serves double duty.
47. Eat less meat.
48. Save on groceries.
Who can afford to eat so much of it?
I'm actually seeing a benefit from the recent, large climb in food prices: I'm eating less, and what I do eat is better stuff.
49. Frugal Christmas.
What's Christmas? Oh, yeah, that's when people insincerely give you gifts they bought on credit. NO THANKS.