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:: 10 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM
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:: 10 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

Guest post by Shannon at Frugal Mom of Two

I’m always looking at ways to save money. In addition to using coupons, here are some other ways I save money:

1. Hang clothes to dry.

I use a shower curtain rod wedged between two walls in my hallway to hang clothes straight from the washer.

2. Use cold water to wash your clothes.

Hot water is a big energy drainer. Use cold water as often as possible to do your laundry, this will really save on your electricity bill.

3. Open the door on your dishwasher during the dry cycle.

I use a dish towel and prop it open just a bit. The heat/steam that has accumulated while washing will dry your dishes.

4. Make your own cleaners.

Instead of purchasing cleaning supplies in the store, make them yourself. Not only is it a lot less expensive to purchase the ingredients needed, it’s a lot safer to use because you know what the ingredients are.

5. Make your own laundry detergent.

Laundry detergent can be pretty expensive. It’s a lot more cost effective to make it yourself and it’s easy and lasts a long time.

6. Use “junk mail” envelopes.

Most everyone receives junk mail and a lot of time’s this junk mail includes a return envelope. Keep these and use them the next time you have to mail something.

7. Use “scrap” paper for printing coupons.

It doesn’t matter what’s on the back of the coupon, so the next time you print something in error or you have some leftover paper, use the back to print your coupons on.

8. Don’t throw those veggies out!

Turn leftover veggies into soup. Keep a large bowl in your freezer and each night after dinner, dump any remaining veggies in the bowl. When the bowl is filled, you have a great base for soup. I also like to throw in any leftover ham as it adds a great flavor to soup.

9. Use a crock pot.

A crock pot uses a lot less electricity that the oven. Food tastes great after cooking all day too and it’s a huge time saver! (Not to mention the house smells great!)

10. Use plastic grocery bags in your small trash cans.

There’s really no sense in buying small trash can bags when you most likely get plastic bags for free at the store. They are the perfect size and work just fine.

What are some simple ways you save money at your home?

Shannon is the frugal mom of two great kids, one boy and one girl. She has been married for 15 years to Garit, who is truly the love of her life. She feels incredibly blessed to be a part of such a great family. She loves to organize, throw parties, clip coupons and bargain shop. To read more of her writings, visit her blog, Frugal Mom of Two.

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by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM

The only one that I don't do is use junk mail envelopes. I also don't hang clothes to dry very often. I don't have a clothesline, and I have limited space to hang things inside, but I do hang things sometimes.

by on Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

The dishwaser one reminded me of our oven. We like to leave the oven door open after cooking, and let the extra heat out into the house :)

by on Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

In the summer, a neighbor and I share an outdoor clothesline to hang laundry. I've got limited space inside so Io don't hang in the winter. (Downside of living in a smallish mobile home. lol)

I only use hot water when I aboslutely have to. 

No dishwasher. (Again...lack of space. I refuse to give up precious cabinet space to put one in. So I wash by hand even though I am so sick of washing dishes!)

My laundry detergent and many cleaners are home made. The rest...are bought with coupons.

I don't usually get the type of mail that includes return envelopes. Otherwise I might actually do that. lol

DH and the kids are used to my weird printing habits. lol. So is DH's grandma that often as me research things online and I also print out her newsletter for her ladies group. 

I usually end up eating the leftovers the next day as part of my lunch. lol

We like to do meatloaf and whole chickens in the crockpot. 

I purposefully leave my reusable bags at home or in the van sometimes so I can keep a decent stock of "trash can liners" for the bathrooms in the house. 

by on Apr. 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

 I use cold water to wash everything :D

I use my dishwasher...never thought to prop the door open though :D

I will have a clothesline to use when we move next year....until's the dryer :D

and i only use grocery bags for small trash sense in buying small trash dumb. LOL

by on Apr. 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

GOOD list.  :) 

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