Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ridiculous Ways to Save Money #1

There are many ways to save money with some being more practical and reasonable than others.  This list contains some of the most ridiculous money saving tips:

1. Use public restrooms
Why flush your cash down the drain when you can save cash by using a public or work restroom?  By not using your own toilet, you’ll save about 1.5 to 4 gallons per flush depending on the age of your toilet.  If this isn’t a viable option and it’s an emergency, at least consider not flushing when it’s only number 1.  If it's yellow, let it mellow.  If it's brown, flush it down.

2. Shower at the gym
In the spirit of saving water at home, take advantage of your expensive gym membership by showering at the gym.  As an added bonus, you’ll also be able to cut back on shampoo and soap purchases.

3. Apply makeup for free at a store
This one is for the ladies.  Once you’ve showered at the gym, you’ll probably want to enhance your appearance with some makeup.  The cosmetics industry generates upwards of $170 billion USD per year.  If you don’t want to contribute to this sum, stop by Sephora, Macy’s, or Nordstrom for a free sample makeup session.  You’ll probably need to switch up locations periodically so it’s not too obvious.

4. Drive at the most fuel efficient speed
Time is money, except when you’re speeding behind the wheel of a car.  You’ll probably end up with a speeding ticket, but more importantly, driving too fast lowers your fuel efficiency.  Drive your car at 55 miles per hour to achieve on average the most fuel-efficient speed.  There’s a reason the government mandated this as the national speed limit during the 1970s energy crisis.

5. Use a neighbor's internet
Access to the internet is more important than ever.  Without internet, how would you check your Facebook friend feed, fantasy sport teams, or  Before agreeing to a steep monthly subscription fee to an internet service provider, look for open internet connections that you can access free.  If you can’t find anything, it doesn’t hurt to ask your neighbor if they would be willing to share their internet and you can split the bill!
Do you have any other clever and ridiculous ways to save some cash?  Add them as comments and we’ll feature them in a future post!  See more ridiculous ways to save money!