65 Tips to Save Money Through Self-Reliance

Apply a do-it-yourself approach to personal finance to significantly reduce your living expenses. Follow these tips to save money from our community of readers and experts to start living on less today.

Building With Recycled Materials
A pallet shelf and reclaimed barn wood lend this kitchen upcycled class.
Photo by Photoshot/Simon McBride/Red Cove
Woman With Laying Hens
Fresh eggs from backyard hens can cost less than $2 in feed per dozen.
Photo by maXximages.com/Ros Drinkwater
Buying Bulk Food Items
Buy raw ingredients in bulk rather than prepackaged or prepared foods. Start or join a bulk food co-op and place orders directly with food companies to further cut costs.
Photo by Doug Snodgrass
Make Homemade Herbal Medicine
Look no further than your pantry for remedies for many common ailments.
Photo by iStockphoto/ivstiv
Woman Line-Dries Clothing
Let the sun do the work. Reduce energy costs by line-drying your clothes. A kitchen garden, even in a small space, such as along the sunny side yard of your house or apartment building, will reduce grocery costs — escpecially for fresh herbs.
Photo by First Light/Rafael Ben-Ari/age f
Bicycle Commuting To Work
Commute by bicycle to save money and make fitness a daily routine.
Photo by maXximages.com/Jim West

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