Creative Ways We $ave - Part 1.

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It's no secret that we're going to be budgeting our money more carefully in the next few months as we navigate me not working full-time and John continuing to travel for work. We're not too worried about finances because we're pretty good planners, and we're resourceful.

Every Wednesday over the next three weeks I am going to share five simple, yet creative, ways we save money.

Of course, in efforts to keep the conversation running, please share your own frugal or creative money-saving tips in the comments below. Share the love!

Without further ado:

1. We're using our local public library. 
For books, audiobooks for trips, movies and wi-fi.

That means RedBox isn't f-ing up my finances this month and Family Video can't slap me with more late fees. It means we don't have to pay for wi-fi at the house, since we're doing a lot of traveling anyway. It also means I don't get to see my friends at Half Price Books as much as I used to.

Sad tuba.

2. I'm using every single appliance with a timer that I can get my hands on. 
Like my Crack Crock Pot, so it doesn't cook something on high for a bazillion hours while I am out. And the dishwasher. (I'm setting that baby to run in the middle of the night since we are livin' el-cheapo on Time of Day Billing.)

3. We're techies. 
This seems like a no-brainer, but we use our smart phones and free apps to help us be better consumers.  We can find deals, stay organized, and be resourceful thanks to the pieces of technology that we have on us at all times. I'll do a post just on apps we use in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

4. We get strategic around birthdays and holidays. 
We are blessed that we have fabulous friends and family that remember us on our birthdays or at holiday time. They are very generous with their time and talents. John and I are always talking about little things we are interested in or want to make or purchase for our home projects or sustainable efforts, so when our birthdays roll around our friends and family know exactly what to make us.

Don't get me wrong here - we don't ask for presents. Jeesh. But we love buying locally or supporting our loved ones by honoring their talents for building or creating. We welcome the chance to use something that someone spent time on, especially for us. We're humbled, in fact.

On that same note, sometimes our family members are generous with their money. When that happens, we use the money or gift cards to purchase things we want, that are also practical for our projects and sustainable living efforts.

5. We glean. 
Gleaning is a traditional term, actually. Back in the 'old days' people who gleaned went through the fields or orchards of farmers after they had harvested their crops to harvest the leftovers. For us, we don't necessarily glean in this manner. But my parents grow a big garden, and you can bet after they have harvested all they can, I get all up in that business.

Gleaning, to us, also means that we are not 'too good' to accept hand-me-downs for household or gardening items we may need. I don't care if things are used, as long as they are in good condition.


What about you? Do you have any clever ways you save money?

Lay it on me.


  1. I am a gleaner too. Very helpful in the summer anyway.
    Another big way we save is trashpicking. My husband is very good at it and brings home some real nice things. Thanks for sharing at Wildcrafting Wednesday.

    1. That's awesome! I've heard that more and more people get into trash picking, but I don't think it's really feasible (or popular) in our area. Isn't that weird how some things catch on in certain places, but not in others?!

  2. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  3. Ha ha, I just found your blog via "frugal by choice's" hop so I read part 2 first, and part 1 second...I'm all about the hand me downs...In fact, just last night my husband asked me if we owned any furniture we had actually bought other than our bed and sofa and all I could come up with was one bookshelf. Our combined families have downsized or upgraded so many times that we have furnished almost our entire house with hand me downs.
    I also shop the local Goodwill store first when I need things (other than shoes, or pants...haven't had luck with any of those), but it's always our first stop when back to school shopping (as per my children's request, as they love to try to find something not everybody else is wearing) and often find "used" clothing with the tags still on.

    1. Hi Natalie! I LOVE getting furniture from family members. I enjoy displaying family pieces in my home, especially if they are antique or are meaningful. But, if the furniture isn't quite my style, I enjoy refinishing furniture or junkin' it up. So fun!


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