Thursday, November 08, 2012

My Random Saving Money Tips

Our economy sucks, just in case you didn't already know that.

In light of that, I KNOW that Jesus has called us lovely homemakers to do the best we can, with what we have. I also know, that it can be quite fun trying to figure out how to stretch that dollar as far as possible.

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 
Luke 16:10

Today, I've come up with a few of my most random, but incredibly useful, possibly Pinterest inspired, money saving tips.

There's going to be a linky at the bottom, if you have ANY tips on how to save some dough, I'd love for you to post it below!!

Isn't that awesome advice in itself?
OH! And wait! Do you notice that large clear picture up there? Yeah!!! Guess who FINALLY got a REAL camera!! ME!!! Yeah boy! No more crappy phone pics on this blog!!

Now back to business...

Tips 1:

I make my own laundry detergent. 
I have for over a year now. I could never go back to commercial junk. It's incredibly simple, with quite a few variations. I even used this when Cashe was around 4-6 months old. It didn't irritate his skin at all, and cleaned WAY better than any of the Free and Clear detergents. 

Tip 2:

I don't purchase paper towels. 
That's right. It's probably been since around February since I bought a roll of paper towels. For cleaning, I purchased a couple packs of bar towels from Walmart (2 bucks for a pack of 4), and a ton of microfiber clothes from the Dollar Tree. They are all stuffed in a large glass jar (like those used for powdered laundry soap) on my counter. I just grab one whenever I need it, and they can all get bleached together.

For napkins, I use cloth napkins. I have some vintage ones from my Grandma, and a bunch I've got from thrift stores. I don't really mind the stains since we don't have formal dinners, but they're easy to wash and I love that quality. 

I don't miss paper towels at ALL. It took about two days before it just seemed normal to not have them. Now, when I have guest over, they seem to freak a bit-but they'll be okay...
I promise.

Tip 3:

I grow stuff myself.
Like green onions! This was SUPER DEE DUPER easy! I bought green onions from the store, and once I got down to the white part, I put it in water on my window sill in the kitchen. THEY GROW BACK!!!! As long as they have water, they will grow!! Insane right? I'm learning about other veggies that do this as well. 

I also do herbs. Basil is my favorite, but I have done Cilantro and Parsley. I want to do more, but like I said, I am just learning about this stuff. 

Tip 4:

We don't have cable.
Nope. We have Netflix. We save around 70 bucks a month not having Dish anymore. I don't even miss it. Occasionally I will miss DIY and Food Network, but that's what Pinterest is for ;)

Tip 5:

I listen to this guy:

and I read this:


and we went through this:

Enough said.


  1. How do you make your laundry soap? I have some stuff pinned but I thought I would find out how someone I know actually does it.:) I have wanted to try it just havent yet.

    1. 1 bar grated soap (I use Ivory. It has to be 100% soap, ones like Dove will leave a residue on your clothes.

      1 cup Borax

      1 cup Washing Soda (in the laundry aisle at Walmart)

      Mix together. 1-2 tbs for HE washer, 2-3 for a top load.

    2. I am going to try this! Thank you...

  2. I make my own laundry soap now. I never ever thought I would but I love it.

    We also do the green onions.

    We are slowly getting ourselves out of credit card debt....never again! Love this post!

  3. Oh and we don't have cable either, we do Netflix and Hulu plus,

  4. Love these tips!! My hubby and I read Dave Ramsey's book too and we are in our total money makeover. It's so fun to save money, be debt free (soon) and live within our means!!

  5. I love growing my own stuff. Herbs and veggies rocks! I'll be cutting the cable this december as well, so yay!

  6. These are great tips in a fresh, new light!
    Thanks for sharing, especially the paper towel trick! It would be quite a challenge for my family but I might give it a try using your glass jar on the counter tip! Not only would we save money but it's an easy way to live green!

  7. I am impressed with the paper towel idea! We went without them for about six weeks, then I caved. It was the messes that got me. We have used cloth napkins forever because I like them and they're easy to wash and fold. We don't notice the stains, either, and I never iron them! I am going to the dollar store today to get some of the microfiber cloths and give it another try. Thanks for the tips!

  8. I get my groceries packed in paper. Then I use the sore bags to drain fried taco shells, French fries etc.
    Use felznapta bar for laundry detergent. Vinegar and a squirt of conditioner for softener.
    Only baking soda, vinegar, dawn dish soap and occasionally bleach to clean house.
    Bag balm for eventing wrinkle cream
    Baking soda peroxide for deep teeth cleaning.
    Make all my own juice.
    Reuse glass bottles to store stuff

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