Buy a water bottleiStock/vgajic
This thrifty idea is twofold: Americans don’t drink enough water, which is essential to your daily health. Instead of saying, “Okay, I’ll drink more water, let me stop to the gas station and pick up a bottle,” just buy your own reusable bottle and save. This way, you avoid spending $3 a bottle, which will add up faster than your weekly night out, and you help keep your health in check, which will save more than you can even estimate in health bills down the line. Check out these clever tricks to stay hydrated.
Become an eBay superstaristock/Erik Khalitov
One person’s clutter is another person’s perfect birthday gift. Instead of keeping all those old video games and jewelry that you never wear, sell them on eBay. While the process of shipping can be a pain, you’ll make some money and earn street cred on eBay, so you can make even more thrifty purchases.
If you own a business or do work on the side that provides a service, see if you can swap your service for another. For example, if you’re a certified personal trainer, maybe your hair stylist would be willing to give free cuts for free training sessions. This ends up being a thrifty win-win for both of you. Not to mention, if you build great rapport with that person, they may refer you business in the future.