Then I learned about bottle refunds. I scoured under bushes on the way too and from school to find those bottles that I could trade for 3 cents.
Eventually I learned about discount stores. My grandfather worried that the off-brand items might not be as good as the expensive brands. He was surprised to learn that discount stores carry the same brands as more expensive shops. I also learned about store label products, as an additional way to save money.
But none of this compares to shopping the web. With www.pricegrabber.com for electronics and other high end items, and www.fetchbook.info for used books and eBay for selling my old stuff as well as buying other people's cast-offs, saving money has become easier than ever. Netflix lets me see movies for far less than going to the theater. It even lets me see the shows I miss by not having cable TV. If you buy the $8.99 a month plan of one-movie-at-a-time, you also get all the instant play shows you can watch. I just finished Utawarerumono, a charming Japanese Anime series dubbed in English. Now I'm watching a BritDram called Wives and Daughters.
Add this to SparkPeople.com which is a free website with recipes and exercise videos and all the other free recipe websites, and the web pays for itself as a money saving tool.
Where I live, stores don't give money for returned bottles. But they do give 5 cents when I bring my own bags. Eventually those saddle bags I bought for my bike may pay for themselves.