I am all about saving and stretching a buck. As a one income family, it isn’t just helpful, it’s absolutely necessary. I wouldn’t trade staying home with my children for anything in this world, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take sacrifice. It means saying “no” more than saying “yes.” For us, it means that if we don’t have the cash for something, it waits.
It hasn’t always been that way. We were once headed down a destructive path as far as money is concerned. Thankfully, we learned our lesson before options like credit counseling or debt consolidation were needed. No matter where you are in this journey, whether you are barely staying afloat or if you are debt free, it never hurts to find new ways to save money.
- Use the right amount of detergent for YOUR family.
For us, that is always way less than the manufacturer recommends on the bottle. We use around 1/4 to 1/2 a capful and our clothes come out just as clean.
- Cut dryer sheets in half.
You won’t notice a difference, promise.
- Get the clothes out of the dryer when it shuts off.
I am so guilty of this. I’ll let the clothes sit in the dryer and wrinkle, then I’ll turn it on and repeat the process. It’s such a bad habit!
- Make your own laundry detergent.
I’m not going to give you a recipe, because you can find them everywhere. The basic ingredients are borax, soap, and water and depending upon how you make it (liquid, powder) you can get the price down to a penny per load. No joke!
- Use coupons and sales to get the best deal possible.
Almost 2 years ago, I was able to purchase laundry detergent for $.88 a bottle and you better believe I stocked up. We are still working our way through that stockpile. Deals like that are few and far between!
What are some ways you save money around the house?