1) Burn a candle at dinner. Why use electricity? This is also more romantic and calming.

2) Use Natural sunlight. Why turn on a light if a window will give you just as much light.

3) Keep laundry at a minimum. Wear that shirt or pair of jeans a second time if they are still clean.

4) Wear your clothes more than once. If it doesn't smell or look dirty than it can be worn again.

5) Air dry your clothes outside. Fresh smell and big money savings.

6) Use energy efficient light bulbs. 3 energy star bulbs use the same amount of electricity as one conventional bulb.

7) Keep any water use to a minimum: some think water just falls out of the sky, silly people. Well they are right, however its not always free since you use fuel or electricity to pump it to the faucet.

8) Use Programmable  thermostats. This will let you keep and maintain a steady temperature.

9) Take a quick shower. The longer you are in the harder your hot water heater is running or the more oil you are using.

10) Keep a full freezer and refrigerator. The more packed you keep it the less energy it takes to keep everything cool as the food will maintain the coolness.

11) Only use half a napkin.  If you are given less you will use less!
12) Drop your home phone service. If you get service at home, why do you need a land line?      


  1. Anonymous // January 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

    #13 - that's completely illegal in some areas. It's called piggybacking aka mooching off of someone else. That's not being frugal, it's being cheap.

  2. xyzzy // February 11, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

    Wrapping your water heater accomplishes little. However, wrapping any exposed pipes is VERY beneficial. It will deliver hot water faster, reduce costs, and also reduce the possibility of pipes freezing and breaking in extreme cold weather.

  3. Anonymous // September 5, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

    I get the point of being given less, one may use less. But if are going to use a half a napkin, make sure you use only one toilet paper square to maximize one's savings. Oh, my.

  4. Anonymous // September 26, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

    no thats not what you do, you gotta buy 2 ply toilet paper and you re-spool one layer onto another free roll. The wireless internet is not illegal for unlocked networks either, try hooking up your cable, it still might be free too!!!

    Also i suggested with dinner last night that we only use half a napkin and i got laughed out.

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