Five Cheap Alternatives to High Priced Paid Services

I love sharing frugal ideas that we do to save us money because just like you, I love learning new ways to pocket extra money.   Many of us are more frugal than others because we simply sacrifice things others have not been brave enough to do, yet. Becoming more frugal is not an overnight process, Lord help us if it was. Being frugal is a lifestyle, it is something you decide to do and work to achieve a little at a time. Today, I want to share with you Five Cheap Alternatives to High Priced Paid Services. Making a change in one of these areas is a step closer to being more frugal with extra money in your pocket.

Five Cheap Alternatives to High Priced Paid Services: TV, Movies, Haircuts, Phone, and Magazines becoming more frugal one step at a time with extra money in your pocket.

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Five Cheap Alternatives to
High Priced Paid Services

Cable/Satellite: Roku Box (highly recommend). If buying a Roku is not in the budget at the moment. Hulu Plus and Netflix can be played on your laptop and game consoles. Purchasing an HDMI wire and connecting your computer to your TV is an awesome way to go until the budget allows for a Roku box or some other device. (we did this before we bought our box)

Movie Subscriptions: Amazon – you have a choice to either rent or purchase movies. We recently purchased a movie because after watching it three times it was paid for and we don’t have to store any Blue Ray or DVD discs. Of course, if you are Prime Member then you have access to many free movies. Crackle(free), Hulu Plus, and Netflix – we dropped Netflix because we had rather watch newer tv programs. Many new shows are aired the very next day, we like that! The Public Library – has many movies and family shows just waiting to be checked out.

Haircuts: Learn to cut your own hair. There are tons of Youtube videos on how to cut hair. Find a friend who cuts their family’s hair and have them cut your hair. My husband and son have a friend cut their hair. As soon as I have the money put aside for clippers, he is going to teach me how to cut their hair. Before we moved, I always went to our local cosmetology school for haircuts and always very happy with the outcome. My hair has been professionally cut one time since we moved here. I finally found where a cosmetology school is located and I can’t wait to give them a try.

Phone Service: Paying for both landline and cell phone is crazy! If you’re not comfortable with letting go of the landline altogether, cancel your long distance and use your cell phone. My parents have done this to save money and they are very happy. Verizon Wireless Home is an inexpensive option that has unlimited local and long distance. Three months in and we are still happy with this choice.

Magazines: I’m not a big buyer on magazines, although, I do have one favorite. Shopping around for the best deal can be a drag, I normally go through EBATES to buy magazines. I get a good deal on the subscription and I get money back for making a purchase. It’s a win-win!

While these are just 5 areas to help you in becoming more frugal and saving money, there are tons of ways to pocket a little more money every day.

What are some ways you save money?


  1. That's a great list! I always cut my family's hair but I draw the line on more than my bangs.

  2. Great tips! I didn't know you could get magazines through ebates. You learn something new everyday. :) I cut my bangs and Megan's. We usually get our hair cut professionally once a year. Now, hubby gets his cut regually as I tried and it didn't turn out well. He said he would work an extra shift here and there to pay for his haircut if he had to. ;)

  3. When I kept my hair short, I cut all of it. Now that it's in the middle of my back, I snip the dry ends and have someone cut the layers in for me. I normally keep bangs, but I'm trying to grow them out...patiently.

  4. Yes, Ebates has several magazine deals but I get more bang from magazines dot com through Ebates. I tried cutting my husband's hair in the past and it looked horrible, but I used scissors, so that had a lot to do with it. The guy that cuts his hair now, is a pastor and learned how to cut hair while in college for all of his friends.


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