Good morning, frugal friends! Due to popular demand, we’ve put together a second addition of last week’s Hidden Tips for Saving Money at Home post. Hope you like it just as much as the first edition. 🙂
The more we look, the more we find there’s always more ways to save money on things we use at home. We really can get by on less if we are willing to sacrifice and make the effort, so here are some more money saving ideas that you and yours might find helpful.
– Toilet paper. John over at Frugal Rules talked today, ironically, on how much TP we Americans go through. In an effort to save money and pay off our debt, this Frugal Farmer mom has become a bit of a TP Nazi. My stepdad, a military man, talks about how one time, as a supply guy, he was substituting for the guy regularly scheduled to explain the frugal rules of military life to the incoming soldiers. Lesson of the day? How to Wipe Your Tail Using Only One Square of TP. Oh, how I wish I were kidding. I’m not quite that bad in the Frugal Farmer quest to spend less on TP, but we do have a “strongly suggested” rule of 3 sheets for #1, and a promised effort of frugal cleanliness for #2. 🙂 This “anal” 🙂 practice has saved us roughly 30% over our normal TP costs. In a family of six, that’s A LOT of TP!
– power on heat by utilizing sweaters or blankets, turning down the heat when away or at night, and, if you’ve got an ample wood supply, installing a wood stove in your home. Yes, you can handle the heat below 70. We’ve got a friend who keeps his heat at roughly 58 in the winter. Now, we’re not that “frugal” but we always remember him when we’re whining about our 68 degree house. 🙂
– spend less on medical bills by eating more whole foods and exercising regularly. Since we’ve improved our eating and exercising habits, we generally only end up at the doc for emergencies now. Colds and viruses just don’t come around.
– use less sauces and cheeses than your recipe calls for – you’ll likely not even notice a difference.
– use less money on dental expenses by practicing good dental hygiene – flossing daily and brushing at least twice a daily. If you’re faithful about this, you can get away with once a year dental cleanings instead of twice a year dental cleanings, and you’ll save money on other dental expenses as well.
– use less cleaning products, such as window cleaner or hand soap, by watering them down.
– milk by buying a “fattier” version and then watering it down. For instance, if you usually buy skim milk, buy 2% and then water it down.
– processed/prepared foods with homemade foods. Mac and cheese, for instance, is much cheaper when made from scratch and better for you too, than the processed version. Same with homemade breads like biscuits, waffles and pancakes.
– store bought veggies and fruits with home grown fruits and veggies. You can reap double the benefit here when you can or freeze those homegrown veggies. Double bonus if you can stuff like salsa and spaghetti sauce.
– dump expensive makeup and improve your natural beauty instead by eating healthy, exercising and drinking water. My makeup routine consists of mascara and occasionally lip gloss. I’ve been on this “routine” for the past 5 years, and both my skin and my pocketbook are happier for it.
– substitute the salon manicures, pedicures and brow waxes for DIY options. Gals can easily save a few hundred bucks a year doing this.
– substitute expensive cereals for oatmeal bought in bulk. A $7.58 box of oatmeal feeds our 4 kids for an entire month. We haven’t bought traditional cereal in years.
You all shared lots of hidden tips for saving money in the comments section last week. Got any more tips to share with our readers?