We took to Reddit and TikTok to find some extreme money-saving tips that people have used over the past year to put extra dollars in their pockets.
It’s been a tough year on the wallet as the cost of living and inflation continue to rise.
But the internet is full of weird and wonderful tips on how to save money when times get tough.
So we dug up some extreme money-saving tips that people on Reddit and TikTok have used over the past year to put extra dollars in their pockets.
Shower at work
Obviously this only works if you work in an office and your building has shower facilities, but one Reddit user said he started showering at work to save money.
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“I use the shared shower at work instead of showering at home. I can take long showers and exercise every day,” said the commenter.
Among other hygiene habits, people chose to wash their hair, use salt flakes as a natural deodorant, take only cold showers, limit bathing days to only once or twice a week, and dress at least three times before. Wash them.
The overall inflation rate gives a good measure of the bigger picture, but it is only an average.
Shopping for children’s clothing and footwear
If you’re an adult with small feet, buying a kid’s size shoe can save you upwards of $50.
One Reddit poster said she usually wears a US size 5.5 to 6.5 in women’s shoes and buys shoes in the kids’ section.
“Last week I went shopping for a simple pair of black Chuck Taylors. The store didn’t have one in my size in the women’s section and I was pissed off at how expensive they were. Checked the children’s section – the children’s 3.5 fit well and were US$25 (NZ$40) cheaper,” she said.
Freeze or refreeze all your food
A British woman prepares and freezes food for a month in advance to cope with the high cost of living.
These included sandwiches, which she popped in plastic wrap and froze for up to a month.
She replants her fruits and vegetables, such as spring onions, which can grow back in the garden.
It also stopped food waste, a major cause of people losing money on food, costing New Zealand households $3.1 billion a year.
Reduce subscription services for library DVDs
Paying up to $22.99 per month for Netflix, $12.99 for Disney Plus, $12.99 for Neon and $8 for Amazon Prime, especially if you subscribe to all of them.
So one Reddit user said they now go to their local library to rent DVDs. So dust off your old DVD player that’s been sitting in the closet for years.
If you no longer have a DVD player, you can purchase one from many retailers for less than $100.
You might have to deal with a scratchy disc – but that’s the equivalent of crappy internet when using streaming services.