October 23, 2019 HomeArticlesTop 10 EXTREME Frugal Things We’ve Done To Save Money While Getting Out Of Debt Top 10 EXTREME Frugal Things We’ve Done To Save Money While Getting Out Of Debt By Maxine Hayes Articles, Blog 61 Comments Tags:debt free dana, extreme frugal, extreme frugal living, extreme frugal living tips, extreme frugal tips, extreme frugality, frugal, frugal extreme, frugal habits, frugal hacks, frugal life hacks, frugal lifestyle ideas, frugal lifestyle youtube, frugal living, frugal living tips and ideas, get out of debt, get out of debt fast, get out of debt fast plan, getting out of debt, how do you live a frugal lifestyle, how to get out of debt, save money, thrifty, top 10 Related Posts How To Start Affiliate Marketing (Without a Website!) 2019 How to keep your filament dry: Make a storage box! Is It Too Late To Get Started with Affiliate Marketing (5 TIPS) About Author admin 61 Comments Bible With Becca Great job 🙂 October 22, 2019 Reply ding chavez cloth diapers. no plastic. reusable. cheap. small carbon footprint. good on you! October 22, 2019 Reply QueenBee Bargains You look beautiful without makeup. Your just one of those people who can go without makeup. Do you go without makeup because you don't want to spend money on it? Just curious? October 22, 2019 Reply Janine De Koker My husband and I have no car and moved back home to live with my Dad and save on rent. I try to buy ingredients that I can use to make multiple toiletry items with suitable for the whole family. I look at my budget daily and try to find ways to free up more money for debt. No success with the side hustle, but I keep looking. Thanks for the video. October 22, 2019 Reply Passive Income Tom These are a lot of great tips Dana, many I never heard of.🤔 October 22, 2019 Reply kim ladner Brilliant tips, thanks Dana October 22, 2019 Reply Sage Silent Great tips! We’ve always been lunch packers too. My tip is making lists so you don’t forget anything at the store. I also do all my errands in one trip to save gas. I try to go in stores as little as possible so I don’t pick up random items while “browsing “. I’m working for the first time in 13 years after being a stay at home mom. My financial goal is to pay off a little bit of credit card debt I acquired after buying our first house this summer. Then building back up our savings. October 22, 2019 Reply The Profit Dare So refreshing to hear you speak about plant-based eating being cost effective. The idea that healthy eating is expensive is a myth that needs to be demolished. Thanks for contributing truth! October 22, 2019 Reply Chin Koon yes cloth diaper can be reusable,mean just clean it n use again.so easy n cheap October 22, 2019 Reply Frances McNulty I love these types of videos and was so grateful that they were ones I never heard of before!! If one more you tuber tells us not to use paper towels😆….. I didn’t do the clothes diapers but I nursed my boys and that saved a lot on formula from what I hear!! I did the camping thing in my twenties and I agree with your husband that I am too old for that now. We rent a condo so we can eat our meals in and we don’t go every year on vacation. I have my children wear T-shirt’s under their sweatshirts so the sweatshirt is not touching their skin and I don’t have to wash them as frequently. T-shirt’s take up a lot less room in the washer and dryer😉. My boys are teenagers now and now when the youngest outgrows something I can usually wear it!! Not sure if there is a term for this……”hand me ups”??? October 22, 2019 Reply Susan Robinson So scary about your tire!! My father took his van to the shop for new tires. When he left and starting driving on the interstate and a tire FELL OFF! Evidently, the guy at the tire store forgot to put the lug nuts on or else didn't tighten them! He could have been killed! So sorry you had this happen, but glad you were all safe. October 22, 2019 Reply Cookie Lemons More folks are eating meat than ever because of the popularity of low carb, Keto and Carnivore diets bringing drastic health improvements. Love your videos and we did many of the things you mentioned including cloth diapering. Also, we heated our house with wood and didn’t use a clothes dryer. October 22, 2019 Reply Cindy Busque Being a danger on the road to yourself or others is not impressive. October 22, 2019 Reply Naturegirl121 Cut back the expensive food, switched phone bill, bought a Keurig so I wouldn’t buy coffee at the store, no cable bill, unplug all my appliances when not needed October 22, 2019 Reply Finding My Star Cloth everything (I don't pay for water so really doesn't matter), reusable everything, no cable, no Netflix (so many free things to watch online), use the library for as much as possible, plant based and I try to use bulk dry goods like beans, rice, lentils. I limit my driving a lot right now so one tank of gas lasts me almost three months. October 22, 2019 Reply Mother of One I wish that I would have written down some of our frugal habits, also. It’s become so ingrained in me that I still practice frugality no matter what our money situation may be. Loved this video. ❤️ October 22, 2019 Reply thebestwillow So glad you remembered to mention your RUMPs this time. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this video! October 22, 2019 Reply thebestwillow Loved hearing the tale of you driving your car until the wheel fell off. I'm all for using things until they die dead, but I'm thinking given how close you got to having a major incident, perhaps I wouldn't use a car until it was quite so dead. October 22, 2019 Reply The Australian Health Show cutie is back ♡♡♡ October 22, 2019 Reply Cortnee Muhlbauer The same thing happened to me with my tire. This was before I became a mommy. I had an old car and the axle kept breaking. A guy came up beside me at a red light and all I could make out was tire. I didn’t understand what he was saying. I couldn’t feel anything wrong but when I got out of the car, the tire was at an angle! October 22, 2019 Reply Karin Ferdinandus I would like to know a little more about how you do that with no longer buying a sanitary napkin. What kind of canvas do you use for that? And is that also suitable for when you bleed heavily? Can you also do that with the hydrophilic cloths that your babies use to dry? October 22, 2019 Reply Hannah Jean Schaak My husband and I are trying to get out of debt and have made some extreme cut backs. We decided to go carless, I no longer have a cell phone, we switched from coffee to tea, we became plant-based a year ago, and then I decided to forego makeup, nail polish, and store-bought toiletries until we're out of debt. It has been fun to see how little we can live off of. October 22, 2019 Reply Butterfly Queen My daughter is 14 and will be driving at 16. I'm trying to find ways to buy the next car straight cash! October 22, 2019 Reply Raising Raburns I had to LOL at some of these mama! Very grateful my husband is a maintenance man by trade. The dishwasher would have been a quick fix for him. He's saved us SO MUCH MONEY! October 22, 2019 Reply elaine goad Not maintaining your vehicle cable dangerous and life threatening for driver and passengers as well as other vehicles and passengers around you. When I was young, tampons had carboard applicators, not plastic. We used to return glass bottles for a few cents each going toward our next purchase and the store returned the bottles when they got their next delivery. the driver picked up the used bottles and the manufacturer sterilized the bottles (milk, soda, beer, wine, etc…) and reused them. We didn't have plastic containers or food being sold in plastic containers or bags and we only had paper bags. We put our garbage in our paper grocery bags and into a closed trash can ( "steel"metal-lasts forever) and had trash pick-up once a week. Now everything is throw away and doesn't degrade in the land fill. There is so much we used to do and had products that seemingly lasted forever but now everything is junk and NOT made in America by American workers. It's excellent that you've started your kids with a frugal and healthy mindset at a young age and have so much family togetherness. Many kids and families don't have what you are teaching and living. October 22, 2019 Reply Amy Smith Hi Dana!When I first moved out on my own after highschool, I worked in the food court of the local mall. I would get the free condiment packages, take them home and refill the bottles that I had at home to save money.Now, my partner and I just bought a house and are doing everything to make/save money. We collect bottles from family, friends and coworkers, sell our household items, share one vehicle, batch cook food, attend free local events, use coupons, etc. October 22, 2019 Reply Just Mom Living I’ll all about most these things EXCEPT not safely maintaining your vehicle 😬 October 22, 2019 Reply Simple & Sorted Great ideas! Also, breastfeeding (if you can, Lord knows it's not easy for everyone) is another Super Frugal thing to do that most people think is extreme. October 22, 2019 Reply Laura Castillejos I love it when you talk about being plant based. People think its so expensive, but that's only if you're eating lots of processed junk foods. Oats, potatoes, rice and beans are so inexpensive! Have you watched The Game Changers yet? October 22, 2019 Reply Kelly Ellenberg I'm seriously considering switching to cloth pads. My concern is how to properly care for and wash them when utilizing coin operated washers and dryers. I don't want to have to wash them separately and end up spending more money on laundry then I do on disposables. Any advice/suggestions? October 22, 2019 Reply Living A Bipolar Life Dana? You might link to the cloth products you like. All are definitely not created equal. I personally wouldn’t care if it was an affiliate link 😊 October 22, 2019 Reply Nadine Frandsen Love, love your videos! I am trying to glean as much knowledge as I can to tackle our debt and save for retirement. It seems to be sneaking up on us. October 22, 2019 Reply Roc And Hype 1. Cloth diapering2. Cloth feminine hygiene products3. Plant based dietary4. Packing lunches every day5. Camping for leisure/vacations6. Drove car until wheels fell off7. Didn't pay for repair on broken dishwasher, used a broom handle to keep it going8. Didn't repair broken tub faucet, used shower to run baths9. Sold furniture and strollers on eBay10. Became a YouTuber as a side hustle October 22, 2019 Reply Ace Hardy 💲🙌 October 22, 2019 Reply Scott Dow The thing I do aren't extream but they saved me money. 1. I meal planed and made a shoppibg list and Shoped at Walmart instead of m usual Piggly Wiggly. It save me money but the ibgreadents to make myTaco Salad was not great 2. I got a Roku 3. We got rid of Dish Network Now I only watch Netflix and Youtube; and the free ad suppirted stuff.3. I git rid of Youtube premium. Now I just sit through the ads. I hate that but it saves me money.4. I bought Walmart shoes. That sucked. But it saved me money till Winter5 I cut my own hair wich went real bad. October 22, 2019 Reply Shayla P My best friend and I shared a bed for three years so we could rent out her room and save on money for our new business. Somehow we didn't kill each other and most nights it was just like a sleepover party 🙂 October 22, 2019 Reply Denise Anderson We raise our own chickens and turkeys so we get eggs and fresh turkey and chicken my husband has a hard time with red meat October 22, 2019 Reply Marianne Ward Using reusable is also great for the planet. October 22, 2019 Reply lucy lucy One thing I stopped doing to get out of debt was that I stopped eating out for breakfast and lunch 5 days a week. That saved me $50 a week, around $2,400 a year. 💰💰💰 not only did I save money but I also lost a lot of weight, close to 20 lbs. 😆 October 22, 2019 Reply Counting Change Your such a inspiration to a hard working mom like myself with student loans trying to get out of debt. October 22, 2019 Reply lynn I do not get why adults do not pack their own lunch for work….lazy I guess. October 22, 2019 Reply lynn Okay I do disagree with u about driving a cheap older car because I did it too. I swear I was in the repair shop at the end every other week. I was late for work or on days off waiting for AAA. I repaired it constantly. After 250,000 I traded in for a newer used car 2 years old and paid cash. Bought myself a quality slightly luxury vehicle. couldn't be happier will not drive a car into the ground again knowing how much I spent in repairs. October 22, 2019 Reply Carissa Stone I would love it if you did a video of what you and your kids bring for your meatless lunches! October 23, 2019 Reply Jnc Chang a) I can’t believe your vacation (camping) budget is only $200 for a family of 6. My vacation (just the hotel) costs $3000+. Kudos to you. I admire that. b) I can’t go vegetarian or vegan because too much of the substitutes are chemicals; amino acids, or nutritional yeast (which is just glorified msg). So I don’t get how people back in the 80’s to 90’s who swore they were allergic to msg, now eat nutritional yeast like crazy. Ahhh, fads. Besides, you look quite pale. (No offense.) If I look this pale, I would be driven to hospital for malnutrition. October 23, 2019 Reply Theresa Beauchamp I have recycled my ziploc bags when it is used for dry items. re-purpose boxes for other uses. i have cleaned paper plates when not wet. October 23, 2019 Reply Mama McGill I got a diva cup about 6 months ago and the savings have already paid for it! I added up the average a woman spends on feminine products in a life time and it's outrageous! Definitely love the cup! October 23, 2019 Reply Just Frugal Me Hi! Thanks for sharing these tips! October 23, 2019 Reply Rainbow Phoenix Happy Tuesday Dana! October 23, 2019 Reply Sapphire Sky you're adorbs, Dana October 23, 2019 Reply Christina Gardener Diva cup and cloth pads save LOTS of money. Also much more comfortable and convenient! October 23, 2019 Reply Martha Hubbard To get out of debt you must make sacrifices. However I wouldn’t recommend driving a car till the wheels literally fall off or driving a vehicle without heat or the ability to defrost during the winter months. Dangerous. October 23, 2019 Reply Terry Elisabeth Organizing & Finances I love hearing the sacrifices your family made together to save 🙂 We just moved to the tiniest place we've ever lived. I wasn't able to work for a while, so I'm making up for lost time, I guess you could say. It's totally worth it to me … fun adventure for the next few years while I save up for bigger goals. I've been subscribed for a while but I think this is the first time I've commented. Love your channel 🙂 October 23, 2019 Reply Kristina Arntz hmmmm…..I was with you about being frugal until you started talking about all the things you could've spent money to fix but didn't – especially the car. October 23, 2019 Reply Maddie Howell I've been driving an old car with no AC in Phoenix, AZ for almost two years. My in-laws recently got a newer car and told us we could have their old one, for just the cost of the repairs it needs (a few hundred bucks). But it has AC and less miles, so we paused our baby step 2 for a couple of weeks. Totally worth it. October 23, 2019 Reply Kirstin Engrob Rasmussen We need this until our new house is build so we can get our condo sold. Have you some good tips to a toddler mum? October 23, 2019 Reply Lori Alisea Yes I remember hearing about the cloth diapers and being like omg !!!! No I’m not doing that 🤣& also no on the cloth female products for meI’ve started gardening & that’s about it October 23, 2019 Reply Too Blessed To Be Stressed We haven't paid for cable or internet in years because it was included in our rent (until recently where we moved to a place that didn't include internet). I've been a thrift store shopper for years – even more so since I have to basically replace my entire wardrobe every few months because my weight keeps shifting after gastric bypass. I could never have afforded to replace my entire wardrobe 5 or 6 times with retail purchases. Thrifting allows me "new" stuff all the time and I always have unique items that no one else does. I wear scrubs for work and I'm one of the snappiest dressers because I get close to $200 a year in "uniform allowance" but I haven't spent that yet in the few years I've worked there (and never have to wear the same thing in two weeks.. maybe a month LOL). When both hubby and I were min wage workers – we lived by the rule make do or do without. Youtube and google helped me to be the "fix-it" person and we got by without spending much. Once we got jobs that gave us both $5/hr raises, we invested in our own laundry equipment because the laundromats around here are soooooooo pricey and inconvenient. I have brown-bagged lunch for years and now that hubby isn't working at a job where they feed him – he joined with me and we're both eating much healthier now for the win! We decorate with eclectic style (partly because I'm not an interior decorator & partly because we're rarely home to have time to work on those kinds of projects.) My best advice to help you get out of debt is to work a lot if you are able to do that. Not only does it put more money in your pocket but it keeps you out of the mall or anywhere else you're tempted to spend money. The other best tip is learning to cook/meal prep. It's infinitely cheaper to make your own food and take it than it is to drop a bunch of money on one dinner out. We worked fast food so we're food snobs and prefer to eat in sit-down restaurants when we do go out. That can get expensive so if you can learn to like your own cooking – all the better for you! We're not quite out of debt but we're making great strides towards that! Heather xo October 23, 2019 Reply Rhiana Jones Love this video! I just shared on my Facebook Page, Group,Twitter, blog and Pinterest! October 23, 2019 Reply Teri Groce I heard you say that reusable cloth pad idea on another video, I started doing that and I have saved about 30.00 so far including the cost of the pads. i did not know they existed. Really cost effective and providing so much savings. I just started this about two months ago, One of the best frugal things i have ever done. Thanks Dana!! Car maintenance, I get regular car maintenance. yes I will drive it until it dies, but I get regular inspections and maintenance on my vehicles. I would sooner pay the 30.00 for the oil change and check up then have my wheels fall off. it is a lot cheaper than a tow truck and all that embarrassment and stress of waiting on a ride. I think it is more frugal to have the maintenance completed routinely. October 23, 2019 Reply Ian McGuff I use cloth pads as well. I have an incontinence issue, an was spending 30 a week for pads as I'm always wearing one. This led to me looking into something more comfortable, and found cloth pads. Most of my family thinks its disgusting, but I don't care lol. October 23, 2019 Reply Anne Hoyle I am on a fixed income now that my husband has passed away. I am very thankful that I never started dying my hair. I can't believe how much all my friends spend to do it. Within the last year I quit drinking diet drinks that have aspartame in them( that stuff is horrible for our bodies) and I can't believe how much money I am saving. Actually I only drink tea and water now! Another way to save is to cut down on clothing. I now basically only wear black and blue colors! October 23, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.