cut spending? Maybe you’re doing everything wrong.
Repurposing things around the house is a great way to save money, but folks over on the r/Frugal subreddit shared genius everyday hacks that really caught our attention.
From reusing old cereal bags to repurposing clothes hanger clips, these frugal tips will make your money stretch even more.
12 amazing frugal hacks from Reddit to save you money
Ready to waste less and gain more? Here are some of our favorite finds from Reddit.
1. Save money while running? love it
Trying to save money on the best running shoes is already a challenge. It’s also easy to spend money on unnecessary gear, like a fancy elastic wristband to hold your house key.
Instead, just check out this no-hassle free solution.
Another economical way to keep your key safe while running?
Untie one of your shoelaces and pull it out of the top hole. Then thread your key, rethread the laces, and put the key in the middle of the shoe where the laces cross.
The key lies flat under and between the crossed laces. It won’t cost you a penny and there’s no risk of losing your key.
2. Reduce food waste by creating a menu
Visualizing the meals you cook with your food can help you reduce food waste and save money.
If you’re planning your meals on a budget, try looking for specific recipes and buying versatile ingredients that you can use in a variety of meals.
A mom on Reddit noticed how creating menus makes it easier for her kids to choose what to eat.
“They are much more willing to eat what I cook now that I’ve made it this way, and the menu helps me remember my meal ideas so things don’t go to waste as often,” wrote lilly_kilgore .
3. Do you keep losing your pocket clips? Try this genius $0 solution
Binder clips can also serve as chip clips.
Or if you’re ready to treat yourself, you can usually find a six-pack of pocket clips at the Dollar Store.
4. Brilliant ways to store food for bulk meal prep
Are you trying to save money by cooking in bulk and freezing the rest?
Meal prep can save you a lot of money, but constant use of Ziploc freezer bags isn’t good for the environment or your wallet. (Though you can always rinse and reuse them.)
Her grandparents were up to something when they refused to throw out Country Crock and Cool Whip containers.
You can use vinegar or baking soda to remove stubborn odors from used containers, keeping your leftovers fresh and odor-free.
Other frugal Redditors suggested buying Tupperware at flea markets and thrift stores and saving on takeout plastic boxes.
5. This person received luggage from Goodwill for $15
Buying old luggage may not sound tempting, but with a little muscle you can clean suitcases like new in no time.
How to clean cloth luggage:
- Mix about ¼ cup of liquid laundry detergent and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in warm water and scrub the luggage in your tub. (Trick: If you have a handle attachment on your showerhead, turn it up to work as a sprayer.)
- Blot any stains with old towels. Use stain remover if needed.
- Air dry the luggage outside in the sun.
6. Use the Freebie Alerts app to get $0 finds
Don’t you hate missing out on these great free Facebook Marketplace items? They always seem to have 35 answers in nine minutes, but when you hit the deal the savings can be outrageous.
As it turns out, there’s an app for that.
The Freebie Alerts app automatically pulls free item listings from some of the largest online marketplaces including Facebook, Nextdoor, OfferUp and TrashNothing.
Enter your zip code and the app will monitor these sites for deals near you – and send you an alert when a new article is published.
You can also narrow your search results by saving specific keywords. Freebie Alerts show you when an item was posted and how far it is from your zip code.
7. Get frugal and save money on outdoor planters
This budget-friendly landscaping idea literally turns junk into treasure — or at least some local veggies.
When this Redditor’s town switched to new universal trash cans with robotic arms, his old cans became obsolete.
He decided to convert his containers into planters for his bulbs. He used scissors to cut the plastic.
Considering that planters like this one can cost $20 or more at hardware stores, we think this frugal hack is a serious win.
8. Enjoy your outdoor space without glare
Have you ever tried to enjoy the nice weather on your deck or patio but can’t see your screen?
An outdoor screen for your laptop can go for over $50 on Amazon. This frugal hack, meanwhile, costs $0. Plus, no assembly or tools are required.
9. A handy bathroom accessory you can find outside for $0
As this post’s Redditor put it: “Find a flat rock big enough and rough enough to grip the soap. Apply felts underneath if you’re worried about scratching your surface and that’s it.”
Simple but effective!
10. Plant old vegetables for a cheap garden
The r/Frugal thread is full of savvy savers using legacy products like sprouted potatoes, ginger root, and scallions to grow their own vegetable gardens.
As one Redditor put it, “If you’ve got a pot, or better yet, some space in the garden, plant them. That way they will grow, flower and overseed so you never have to buy (those vegetables) again.”
As food prices continue to rise, the idea of gardening to save money is starting to grow on us.
11. Give your cereal bags a second life
We never thought of using empty cereal bags to store groceries, but this post makes us think differently.
After the bags have been washed and dried, simply store leftovers and seal with freezer tape.
You can also shake foods in the bags to coat them with breadcrumbs or spices.
Finally, as a sparing non-food use, use empty cereal bags to clean the litter box.
12. Dig out the broken fans from the garage
This is one of the coolest repurpose projects we found on Reddit. It’s easy to make, although the original poster said it took a few hours to assemble.
Luckily, they created this step-by-step tutorial so you can create your own.
Don’t have several fans lying around? Lots of people throw them away, so keep your eyes peeled on trash day.
Rachel Christian is a certified personal finance instructor and senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.