Use smaller platesiStock/Alexandra Iakovleva
Many studies have shown that we serve ourselves less when we eat off smaller plates. How does this make you thrifty? It just so happens that about 40 percent of food in the America goes to waste, according to endfoodwastenow.org. If you eat off a bigger plate and throw away the food you inevitably don’t eat, you’re wasting money. Buy a set of four small plates for less than $20 online and reap the thrifty benefits for months to come. (Bonus: Eating on smaller plates can help you lose weight too.)
Host a potluckiStock/shironosov
How much money do you spend eating out every month? More than you’d like to admit, we bet. If eating out is just a way for you and your friends to spend an evening together, invite them over for a potluck instead. Everyone spends a small amount of cash to make their dish, while still enjoying a full meal and making memories with friends. (Check out these potluck recipes for inspiration.)
Subject your closet to the hanger testiStock/AzmanJaka
We all have clothes we haven’t worn in months. Instead of keeping them “just in case,” prove to yourself just how little you wear the items by doing the hanger test: hang all your clothes facing one way, and when you wear the item and hang it back up, hang it the opposite way. At the end of a month, you can see which clothes you didn’t even touch. Bring them to a consignment shop or secondhand store that buys clothes. Often times you can take the money or get store credit, which works out either way. Finally, you can get rid of these 16 items in your closet.