One thing that I try to do that has saved money is making homemade gifts for others. I can crochet and make several different items, like washcloths, scarves, etc. A crocheted washcloth costs me about .50 in materials. Most people seem to really like receiving them and use them regularly.
[Kacie posted this tip to the Readers\’ Tips box. It originally appeared as a comment in The Complete Tightwad Gazette giveaway.]