Hmmm... many things I do have already been mentioned here, but here are the things I thought of:
*we own both of our cars
*we have the most basic phone service - except that we are unlisted (which there is a charge for! - wierd) and use phone cards for long distance. My in-laws sent us a Sam's Club phone card that's 3 cents a minute and I just keep renewing that one - though they just sent us another 800 minute card for X-mas!
*we did the cloth diaper thing and breast fed, but we're done with that now
*we homeschool... and with the price of even public school - for all the extras - I am sure we are still getting a bargain
* we used to not have any TV, but now we have an antennae
* I cook from scratch and we RARELY eat out
* no fast food (anyway... YECH)
* I belong to an organic produce co-op where we pool our money and get wholesale prices on produce once a week. I take turns with another member picking up our orders.
* make bread - sometimes buns too
* we eat a very healthy diet and regularly take vitamins and immune system enhancers (i.e. echinacea, zinc, etc.) that I consider to be our main insurance policy. We only carry hospital/catastrophic insurance and pay for doctor visits (only one well-visit for both my children in the last 2 years and a regular pap for me) out of pocket
* I love garage sales, church rummage sales, hand-me-downs from friends, thrift stores, antique stores (not for "official" antiques, but just fun things I'll really USE), and Goodwill, etc.
* we always pack lunches and snacks when we're on the go
* we will be gardening and canning and freezing again soon... we've only been here a year now and haven't planted the veggie garden yet, but as soon as it's in the budget...
* I DID freeze orange and grapefruit juice from our trees
*I almost always plan menus before I shop...also I practice using up remnants in cupboards and pantry... I like to see how long I can go without going to the store again. I like to practice a little "kitchen magic" and make something from seemingnly nothing!
* Leftover veggies and pasta or soup that might not get eaten for leftovers (especially if there's just a little bit and not really enough for a whole serving) get frozen and then reworked as filling in a pot pie. Mmmmm!
* I'm vegan and the rest of the fam. is vegetarian, so we save that way too
* I cut the ends of our bread into cubes and dry them and save them in a ziploc bag in the cupboard. Then I can make stuffing, croutons, bread puddings, or throw some in the food processor for bread crumbs for casserole toppings or in veggie loafs.
* I wear cloth menstrual pads
* clean with just vinegar,water, baking soda, and liquid castille soap - maybe with a few drops of essential oils (not all together, but in different combinations for different cleaning needs
*we use laundry disks instead of laundry soap. we do use ecover laundry powder for the delicates as the disks require a certain amount of agitation to get clothes clean and the intermittent cycle of the delicates didn't work very well
*we bike a lot, play together as a family, take family walks, check out movies, music, and books, books, books from the library
* I bought a grooming kit and learned how to groom my own dog (a westie) which saves about $150 a year or more.
* currently have my hair long; my mil trims it and I cut my dd's hair when it needs a trim too
*we make our own cards for birthdays and other holidays, make some of our own art (photography/paintings)
*I wash and dry baggies and keep ones that others are about to throw away at a picnic
*we use cloth napkins and I bring plastic dishes and regular flatware and our napkins on picnics with us
*we don't buy paper towels, but use rags - old diapers, t-shirts, towels, etc.
* I buy a lot of food in the bulk section. I don't always buy a ton, but it saves on packaging and for things that I only need a little of - perhaps an unusual spice, I can get just what I need
* I keep my watering cans under my sink and dump any undrunk water into them for watering plants
*we only drink water or juice and then juice mostly only at breakfast... oh, yes, we do have coffee in the a.m. and occasionally I'll have tea in the afternoon, but no soda, no milk, no artificial drinks, no juice boxes, etc.
*we have a budget and work hard at sticking to it
*we carry no debt outside of our mortgage
*and mostly practice living creatively... that's what I love about frugality... if you can be patient, you can often think of a way to make or borrow things you need... you can practice contentment and find that there are many things that you just WANT and don't really need
Well, that's what I can think of for now. I need to get to BED!!