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...
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.
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 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.
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 ;)
I listen to this guy:
and I read this:
and we went through this: