10 Creative Money-Saving Ideas You Probably Haven’t Heard

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I went on a search for creative ideas to save money, and came across a bunch that you probably haven’t thought of. Here are 10 of my favorites.

1. Don’t Empty Your Bladder

This is one of the stranger ideas out there, but it has scientific backing. Researchers foundthat subjects who drank a lot of water and then sat for 45 minutes made better long-term decisions than those who didn’t. It’s called the “spillover effect” and they surmised that people controlling their bladders could also exercise control over their desires and actions.

It’s weird, but if you fill up on water before going shopping or out to a restaurant, there’s a chance that you’ll make better decisions. Just don’t go overboard, or you’ll have a spillover effect of a different kind.

2. Take a Picture

Being frugal isn’t always about spending less — it’s about using your resources more efficiently. And sometimes that means knowing what to sell. If you’re holding onto something purely for sentimental reasons, take a picture of it and sell it. You almost certainly don’t use it anyway, and you can look back on the photo and reminisce just as well as you can look at the object itself and enjoy those memories.

I’ve even heard of people taking photos of things they don’t own so they can look at and enjoy them. I’m not sure that photographing something would make me less likely to buy it, but it seems worth a shot!

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