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Useful ideas to save money????

Ok so I did the homemade laundry soap and it works good! Anymore ideas that I can make homemade stuff with that will save me money????


Asked by MOM2DYLnHAYLEE at 3:22 PM on Mar. 12, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • This is what we use for most cleaning (initially used as part of my daughter's 6th grade science fair project). It is cheap (my favorite) and non toxic.
    ¼ cup white vinegar
    ¾ cup warm tap water
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    10 drops of tea tree oil (antibacterial, antifungal, etc.)
    2 drops oil of lavender essential oil (antiseptic and smells nice)

    Stop buying paper towels and napkins. Cloth napkins are more fun! Pick up cheap cotton towels at your favorite second hand shop. Save money and trees!!

    Past the age of 2, the only beverage that humans need is water. Stop buying juice and sodas; buy milks only for cooking and cereal. You can liven up water with slices of fruits and vegetables; make ice cubes with blueberry eyeballs for the kids.

    Replace meats with beans, lentils, tofu, seitan, etc. You can save even more money by using dried beans and lentils and making your own seitan.


    Answer by rkoloms at 3:30 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Not for homemade stuff but coupons coupons coupons and use google to find even more savings on other things, clothes, toys, family outings etc.. the entertainment book saves me 100's. Good luck

    Answer by JenzAmomOf2 at 3:24 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Cook from scratch! Home cooked foods taste so much better than the nasty boxed stuff, and you will feel better because you are eating healthier foods.

    Replace simple grains (white flour, white rice, white pasta, etc.) with whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole grain breads, etc.). While whole grains may cost more, they have more nutrition and are more filling, so they really are the better value.

    Frozen fruits and vegetables have a longer shelf life than fresh and retain their nutrition longer; they are often a better, less expensive option than fresh.

    Once or twice a week have breakfast for dinner. Popular options at my house are: yogurt parfaits with frozen berries and whole grain cereal; veggies omelettes with a bit of cheese and whole grain toast; whole grain pancakes with fruit.


    Answer by rkoloms at 3:31 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Instead of baking a whole batch of cookies, make and freeze cookie dough balls. No one will be tempted to sneak a cookie(you know who you are) and when you do have cookies they will be fresh baked.

    Only go to the grocery store every 8 days. Before you shop, plan all of your meals and snacks for the next 8 days. Write your list, based on what you need to complete your meal plan. Pull any necessary coupons, eat before you go (never go to the grocery store hungry). Most important, buy only what is on your list. The specials at the store are not to save you money, they are to get you to buy items that you don't need. If you won't use it in 3 week, don't buy it!

    I have a ton of recipes that are tasty, healthy, family and budget friendly; send me a message offlist if you would like some.

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:31 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • coupons defiatilly. Only byt things you absoultly cant life without. Limit your dining out and fast food restraunts like (mcdonolds). so on and so on. Dont rin the water while brusing teeth, washing dishes. things like that.

    Answer by BUTTERFLY463 at 6:24 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • No cell phone; make lunch everyday; cook more at home.

    Answer by musicmom08 at 10:16 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • its not so much home made stuff but if you wash your clothes then hang them out that saves lots of money and also baking soda water and lemon juice makes a really good healthy cleaner for counter tops and you know your fridge n stuff if you have a prego or womens center near you you can go there and the can help alot

    Answer by -ivannabitch- at 12:28 AM on Mar. 13, 2011