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Trimming the fat..........

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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Alright ladies, add your own tips, tricks and advice.

 

How do you trim the fat around your home to help out your budget?

Here we make our own snacks instead of buying them.

I dehydrate pureed fruits and roll them on wax paper for fruit roll ups. 

We use 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 washing powder for both the dishwasher and the clothes washer. Obviously you have to mix dish washing detergent with the baking soda and clothes detergent with baking soda for clothes. We then only have to use 1 table spoon for dishes and an oxiclean sized scoop for clothes (we have a front loader).

I really shop the sales for groceries. I can feed our family on less than $30/week. Right at about $120/month. I do this simply by COOKING and not HEATING. I consider heating to be microwave foods and quick fix foods. I make our own quick fix meals and freeze them.

We use cloth diapers. It was initially a larger output of money but now I never have to buy diapers again (unless they are super cute) and will have saved about $850 over the diapering time for our youngest. Best of all they are resaleable and easily passed down from child to child. Making diapering virtually free.

What are your tips and tricks?

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by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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michiganmom116
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I make virtually all of our meals & snacks from scratch, even our bread & buns. 

I freeze milk when I can find it on sale.  Take about 1 cup from each gallon jug, replace the lid & pop it in the freezer.  Thaw on the countertop or in the sink overnight, or by soaking the jug in hot water for an hour.  

I raise a HUGE garden every year and preserve the produce by canning, freezing or dehydrating.  I also make our own jams, salsa, apple butter & applesauce, fruit & vegetable juices.

I shop at bulk or discount stores (Save A Lot), using the grocery stores ONLY for loss leaders.  I plan out our meals a month in advance and then shop once a month for the majority of supplies.  I feed 4 adults & 3 tweens on $250 a month or less.

We raise our own chickens (100 every year) for our freezer and buy 1/2 beef every year for $2.29 a lb. or less.  I supplement our use of ground beef with ground turkey.

I make our own laundry detergent using Fels Naptha soap, washing soda and borax.  It works GREAT!  After a month of using it, I noticed our clothes didn't need fabric softener because the soap doesn't leave a residue like commercial soaps do.  I use vinegar in smelly loads to get rid of the smell (urine, body odor, mildew).  I also wash everything in cold water and dry clothes outside on the line when the weather is decent.

In light fixtures that take 2 bulbs or more, I only put one bulb unless it's an area that NEEDS good lighting.  We also use the CFC bulbs when we can.

It's a lot of work but it's infinitely cheaper to heat our house with a wood furnace.  I spent less than $1000 for a year's worth of wood, vs. over $1000 a month in the winter for propane (we live in very cold Michigan).

I'm fortunate to have a dad that is very skilled in the fix-it area.  We do many of our own remodels/repairs on the house and various large appliances using our own skill or my dad's.

I shop garage sales, thrift stores and eBay for deals on kids clothes and household items. 

excougarmama
by Group Owner on Jan. 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Awesome! I have yet to be able to find ANYWHERE near me that carries the Nels soap. Otherwise I think I would make our own as well.

We also use ground turkey to supplement our hamburger....shhh don't tell hubby! LOL.

We have 10 laying hens......so we WERE getting fresh eggs...now they are in the freezer.

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michiganmom116
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

LOL  I just looked on eBay and there is some for sale! 

Quoting excougarmama:

Awesome! I have yet to be able to find ANYWHERE near me that carries the Nels soap. Otherwise I think I would make our own as well.

I've heard you can also use plain Ivory bar soap but I've never tried it.  I can find the Fels soap in Walmart near the cleaning supplies.

excougarmama
by Group Owner on Jan. 3, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Ivory doesnt melt and our Walmarts don't have it. Weird huh?

Quoting michiganmom116:


Quoting excougarmama:

Awesome! I have yet to be able to find ANYWHERE near me that carries the Nels soap. Otherwise I think I would make our own as well.

I've heard you can also use plain Ivory bar soap but I've never tried it.  I can find the Fels soap in Walmart near the cleaning supplies.


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