- Unclogging toilet: If your toilet is clogged, add hot water and dishwashing liquid into the bowl before plunging to better break up the clog. If the toilet doesn't clear, you might want to invest in a toilet auger.
- Bring along audio books for a long car ride: Since you're in for a long ride, pick out a couple audio books to enjoy while you're in the driver's seat. Even if you're riding shotgun, listening to books can be preferable to the often-nauseating act of reading hard-copy literature in the car.
- Use the stranger test: Use this test to avoid impulse shopping. Picture a stranger offering you the cash value of the purchase or the purchase to you and figure out which one you would pick.
- Compare the prices of real copies to digital: Although digital items such as ebooks, movies, and TV shows you can stream are convenient, they are not always the most frugal. Sometimes the book, DVD, or CD is a lot cheaper than their digital counterparts.
- Lower the information influx: Turn off the push notifications for your cell phone's email, social media, news, and game applications. Check your apps only when you have the time. Otherwise, that constant flood of data will distract from the things you really need to get done, and unfinished tasks will only leave you more stressed.
- Check out the salad bar: It might even be cheaper for you to do your fresh produce shopping at the salad bar. You can get what you want in smaller portions, which means you are more likely to use what you bought before it goes bad. Of course, some of the markups may be really high, so do some calculations to see if the savings are worth it.
- Remember credit card rewards: Tape notes on cards to remind yourself which card will get you the best rewards or most cash back in different purchases.
- Stay on top of repairs: Once you're moved in, it's important to stay on top of repairs. Don't let the little things linger or get worse. As problems come up, be sure to let your landlord know and have them fixed. This assures you won't pay for any unnecessary damage or have added stress come move-out day.