How to Live a More Frugal Life

How to Live a More Frugal Life

How can you save money and live frugally without compromising your quality of life? From saving at restaurants to how to prevent needless online shopping— today I’m sharing my top 5 tips for frugal living. Let’s get into it!


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  1. keyman keys on June 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Replace the cable or satellite with youtube and a free movie site . If you get bored learn how to do something new on youtube . Once you’ve saved that money find a fee free investment site and use money to make money . Take your time and learn first before you invest .

  2. Stephanie Holmes on June 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    I grocery shop the opposite way that you do. I pick recipes that have the same basic ingredients, and keep a rolling list, buying what I run out of. I eat a lot of avocados, peppers, tomatoes, onions, berries, apples, and various squashes.

  3. Jim Tomlinson on June 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Don’t shop late at night on Amazon. It’s like drunk shopping.

  4. Twin Fit on June 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Pro tip…. 5 lbs chicken a bag of rice….canned veggies. Eat that every other week for lunch and dinner and you’ll be set

  5. SloQlap on June 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Is that Ravenna park?

  6. Danielle Adair on June 16, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    To not waste food, I will check ingredients I have, and google them + recipe. I try new things, plus waste less.

  7. Mitali on June 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    I do that same thing with Amazon and it works…

  8. petiteearthling on June 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    love this! I’m a college student so I’ve been living a frugal lifestyle without even knowing about frugalism.

  9. Sheryl Sisler on June 16, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I started saving the money I saved at the grocery store for 1 month.
    The 2nd month was my husband and my eat out money from what I saved at the grocery store.
    At the end of the month I put half of what was left over in savings and the other half to use to eat out the first part of the next month as I continued to save throughout each month what I saved at grocery store.
    Each month I did the 1/2 and 1/2 routine.
    You’d be surprised how quickly the savings from groceries can add up and how often you can eat out with grocery savings money.
    I have also been a cook at home person for over 40 years.

  10. mike burns on June 16, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Talks about buying at the grocery then cooking meals at home, while walking down the cereal isle. I see that his definition of cooking is like mine.

  11. Freedom Chaser on June 16, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tips!

  12. ASH SPACE on June 16, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Anyone notice Mr Josh Fenn’s voice is relaxing?

  13. El Marko Fajita on June 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Hello Mr. Frugal Life. Please tell me about this little gadget/cook top you’re using for the cast iron skillet at about the 2:00 minute point. I might really like this space saver. Thanks in advance.

  14. Raymond Corona on June 16, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Intelligent ideas my friend !!! Thank you so much !!!

  15. Nathan Rodriguez on June 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm


  16. Ivan Adhitya Sulaeman on June 16, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    some people actually tried this lifestyle, and here I am, I even can’t afford basic needs.

  17. Carr Rexx on June 16, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I gave up alcohol. That’s a $400 a month savings. I don’t own a car and I only wear Dickies. 😊
    I’m retired so I enjoy staying home and watching fine films and a good steak.

  18. Shamanbear Two on June 16, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Not a bad start.

    1) Don’t even get an Amazon account to begin with. Bezos already owns almost half the country. Amazon is a great place to read reviews but if you go to the manufacturer they ship as well. And they don’t scam with counterfeit items. How does a person forget they ordered something? I’m old and have a better memory:)) And since I would never get a credit card its hard to be tempted to buy something now and pay later. And I never pay interest!

    2) Get over fashion. I live in Seattle where we pretty much live our lives in a hoody. With the exception of socks and underwear and a couple of pair of Carharts, everything in my closet is from second hand stores usually for 99 cents an item. I have what I call a "$3 suit" because that is what the shirt, slacks, and jacket cost me and they are all top designers and look smashing on me. But its been about 6 years since I have gotten that dressed up so the closets are now all grow lights with lettuce, peppers, basil, cilantro, snap peas, bush beans, etc.

    3) Global warming!! I have not bought a gallon of gas in 10 years now or been on a plane since 1991. I either walk or bike everywhere and I weigh about 8 pounds more than I did in high school 40 years ago. No car insurance, maintenance, tools, parking, or even a monthly bus pass. My last vacation was a bike ride across the Cascade Mountains and back on an old mountain bike. Except for a black bear about 15′ feet away one morning, it was awesome!!

    4) This is my favorite tip for all you coffee lovers. Get some Ethiopian friends and have them teach you how to roast your own coffee at home on top of the stove. Its even easier than making popcorn on the stove. You will end up with coffee beans that Schultz wishes he could sell and I now pay about $3.50 a pound for my coffee instead of $10 for all of the boutique brands.

  19. alienv5 on June 16, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I had to click and see if it was even possible to live even more frugal than I do now! I do all this and way more.

  20. Cat Meadows on June 16, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve started thinking that maybe using a grocery store’s curbside pick-up may be a good way to avoid impulse purchases. It would be worth the charge (about $5). Also, buying the smaller sized item may avoid food waste and, therefore, save money. Thoughts?

  21. James Alexander on June 16, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    The first tip really works Don’t this for a few months before watching this. saved a fortune

  22. Midcraze on June 16, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    If you read the comments can i recommend you make a video on overcoming lust and being happy with your life. How to go about your day with a good attitude despite not having much or growing up in a tough place.

  23. Plug 14 on June 16, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Great tips thank you

  24. Joy McArthur on June 16, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Keep driving that old vehicle. Chances are it will save you money compared to having car payments even if there is occasionally a repair to pay for.

  25. Ramon Luis Santos Lopez on June 16, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    How are you coping with the corona virus and the in store shopping?

  26. victor hl on June 16, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    no entendi una mierda pero aun asi le dare like

  27. Thomas Brann on June 16, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Lol. I’ve never bought anything like that.

  28. It's My Life on June 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    This one is probably obvious to just about everyone but I will add it any way. I always buy store brands at the grocery store instead of the name brands whenever it’s possible. The store brand products are often just as good as the name brands are and the store brands are often much cheaper, so you will definitely save money doing this, as I have. Why pay more for a name if the products are exactly the same or nearly the same?

  29. Thomas Ronnberg on June 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Learn to cook. Learn to bake. Will save you 100s of dollars a month. Healthy eating is infinitely cheaper than whatever most people gorge on all day.

  30. YusRy AbU on June 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Mind sharing the recipe at 2:00?🤤

  31. RJ Nuzzi on June 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Parks are the best way to spend healthy time not spending money; no movies, no eating, no online temptations… just sun & nature’s free beauty!!!

  32. Midcraze on June 16, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    I see all these videos of get rich quick schemes and people getting greedy about money its nice to see a video with a different agenda living a more frugal life.

  33. broken vessel on June 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    1a. No washing hair, no soap, no towel, no dryer, no comb, no time, no expense. Josh, your a true example.

  34. Stephen Strong on June 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Just delete amazon

  35. Daniel Zorovich on June 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Buy store brand at grocery stores! It’s the same stuff but cheaper.

  36. Ash on June 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    rule nr.1: cook your own food. breakfast, lunch and dinner and see how much you’ll save in a year.

  37. SOR23 on June 16, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    save phone bill
    save the cable TV .
    used car . no going to loan
    not changing phone unless it’s broke

  38. Joy McArthur on June 16, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    We have a rainwater collection system at our house. No water bill. The initial cost isn’t that high. We do buy our drinking water but would be doing that even if we had piped in water.

  39. mediastarguest on June 16, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Because I earn minimum wage, I try to live frugally. However, my interest which I developed over many years in fine wines from the vineyards of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany really impedes any progress I make on saving, shopping around and cutting back. Being able to appreciate and enjoy a prestigious and excellent estate-bottled bottle of wine while trying to make ends meet really sucks.

  40. Delta Homicide on June 16, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Don’t ever eat steak or pasta at restaurants. The markup they put on these foods is ridiculous

  41. Steven Lewis on June 16, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Why is it YouTube is crashing when I watch this video? 3rd time now.. me thinks somebody don’t like it.

  42. Roughdraft214 on June 16, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Good tip on checking the price on the larger vs smaller size. Just the other day I was buying TP and I usually buy the 20 pack. (We’re a family of 4). I wanted a little extra and almost reached for the 30 pack but stopped. I was going to whip out my phone and do the math but right on the price label it gave me the price per unit. The 20 pack was .69 cents each and the 30 pack was .74 cents each. Not a huge savings but now I know to stick to my usual package size. Will pay more attention to that from now on.

  43. Marmalade Stex1591 on June 16, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I’m from the UK & got this one Covered!,
    I’m so Mean/Tight with Cash/Money that when I buy a Newspaper & the Shop Keeper asks Me how I would Like to Pay I Reply "in Monthly instalment’s!".

  44. Don Dieu on June 16, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Love your list, except for the walking part … just cannot do it. Too far to get anywhere. And the wife and I generally try for a late lunch/early supper by going to our favorite
    café after 3:00 p.m. so we get one entre free. Nice, easy savings.

  45. Wendy Sherbert on June 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Truthfully, your video was beautifully filmed, but everyone already knows these tips

  46. Neil N on June 16, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Dont shop or leave it in your cart for a few days. Decide if you need it and then only buy it if it goes on sale. Happens a lot for video games. Instead of 20-80 they cost 5-25 on sale.

    Cook your own food and only eat out at buffets or food you cant cook (region specific specialties).

    Price match at the grocery store.

    I live without social media. I live without a sim card. Many apps have free calling and texting via internet.

    Only buy clothes when theyre on sale for 5 bucks or when you literally throw old clothes out.

    Movies, music, games and tv, etc… is free if you stream.

    Spend the money on your friends and family – on experiences that will enrich your life.

  47. Victoria T on June 16, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    For online shopping, get rid of Prime, and don’t store credit card info on any sites. If you have to (1) wait for the item for 2-3 weeks and (2) have to get up to get your card and enter the info, you’re much less likely to impulse buy online.

  48. D.H. Fremont on June 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    I stay away from Amazon. Learn how to can. Wardrobe has been hard for me but I find putting less emphasis on clothes transitions to a simple wardrobe.

  49. Joy McArthur on June 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Shop Good Will or Salvation Army for clothing and household items. Garage sales are good too. Avoid for profit resale shops and consignment shops. Generally they have higher prices. Also be aware of sale days at these stores. I like Good Will on Wednesdays. Big discount for anyone over 55. With clothing, be classic rather than trendy. And I really agree with going with a color palate that lets you mix and match all your separate pieces.

  50. Josh Fenn on June 16, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    There are so many more tips I didn’t get the chance to touch on, be sure to share your best tips below and let me know if you’d like to see a follow up in the future!

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