8 Retro Ways to Save Money


By Jon Lal

You know what they say: If something from your closet goes out of style, hold onto it long enough and eventually the style will come back. The same can be true when it comes to saving money. Many old-time habits were smart, savvy and easy to adopt, so why not bring back a few of these frugal ideas? Here are eight retro money saving tips might even leave you feeling nostalgic.

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How about fixing things that break, instead of throwing them out????I just had my perfectly good dryer repaired for $200..(which seems excessive until you realize the part was $80). Lowes didn't even want to talk to me about a new dryer unless I wanted to spend $800 or so..(for What??). You should have seen the look from the salesperson when I asked to see the cheapest electric dryer she had..(One..which was $429 plus tax plus new cord plus new vent). She offered me a $30 Lowe's gift card as incentive) but since I was a Veteran, I didn't qualify..Makes sense to me

June 22 2014 at 8:05 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

"What's goes on in steakhouse kitchens" ????????
AOLs grade school writers strike again.

June 22 2014 at 7:24 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Good comments from all. But are not read by the problem people. People who reas the newsare careing and astute.The problem people are whiling away their time waiting on a gov'mt handout that the libeal politician voted for. They don't read and most can't talk properly.

June 21 2014 at 7:54 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

a second job usually does not pay well. Try doing something on your own instead. In many cases, it ends up paying better than your normal job, in time.

June 20 2014 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to vlady1000's comment

You're right. But I see that no one at this point agrees with you (except me) to use some initiative and find something you're good at or LEARN TO DO SOMETHING that others will pay for. I like what you said: "Try doing something on your own." It's what made America great, but people have become lazy and entitled.

June 23 2014 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't just go outside, ride a bike, go somewhere, turn your A/C off.
Packing a bag lunch is tricky. When you walk into a room with a bag lunch every eye in the place is on that bag, trust me. For some reason most of the thousands of people I ever worked with were broke and starving. Before I left for work I always took all of the money out of my wallet just out of necessity - there was always someone needing a few bucks for cigarettes or somebody else selling Teddy bears or fudge or any of a hundred schemes to get money. It soon became common knowledge that I was not a money pidgeon and they quit bothering me and I saved hundreds of bucks.
Sign up for everything there is 401K, Chrismas club, and deposit your entire paycheck - don't carry cash around with you. If you need something, plan it carefully and then withdraw the funds from your bank.
If you put $100.00 into your wallet by the end of the week it will be gone, trust me.
If you bring your lunch, you'll have to disquise it somehow. I used a briefcase for a time.
The thing that worked best for me was bringing pocket sized food like granola bars or nuts and eating a big breakfast and big dinner to round it out. It's not a good idea to eat a lot at work anyhow because you could become sleepy. Vending machines and lunchtime restaurants will destroy your budget because it's all over-priced.

Getting a second job is a bad idea because it uses too much of your time, so you start paying for things you would have done yourself if you had time.
You can actually be more ahead if you use the time to DIY instead of buying solutions like wax your own car, mow your lawn, paint your house yourself, etc.

June 20 2014 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to alfredschrader's comment

You got the idea about saving money, 401k, xmas club, etc. In my working years, my wife and I both contributed 15% to our 401k's, bot $200 savings bond each payday, money we saved on coupons grocery shopping, I would add up at the end of each month and put the money saved in our brokerage acct. And I would also add more money to our brokerage account if I thought our checking had some extra. We had no debt and still have no debt and always pay our credit card off each bill we get. By the way we did not make a whole lot of money between us. Approximately $60,000 per year. but we made the most of it by investing.

June 21 2014 at 12:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

hell yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! let's do the time warp
and return to the ERA
our cities and nation WERE NOT invaded by illegals and their gangs and being ENTITLED
to PROGRAMS and housing they HAVE NO CLAIM TO

June 20 2014 at 9:50 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to setanta54s_back's comment

We could also return to the days when there were NO cell phones, NO computers, and NO internet...

...Or we could even go back to the times when all guns were muzzle-loaders, the average life expectantcy was 45, etc, etc, etc, ...

...Better yet, instead of WISHING to live in some romanticized vision of the past, get off your lazy a$$, and try WORKING to help SOLVE our problems.

June 20 2014 at 10:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply