Creative Ways We $ave - Part 2.

I'm not exaggerating when I say I like saving money. Picture one of those extreme couponers in your head right now. They always say that the challenge to get as many things as possible at little to no cost is exhilarating.

I know the feeling, and I'm not even an extreme couponer.

I am addicted to everything DIY, homemade, or frugal. That's what really gets my motor runnin'.
And John with a beard. But that's neither here nor there. 

There's just an element of deep satisfaction when I can do something myself that I would normally hire out, or spend money on. Granted, it means we have to be creative with our resources and, perhaps, do a little research to build on our skill sets.



There are many creative things we do to save money. Last Wednesday I told you about just five of them, and today I bring you another five.

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1. I make everything homemade.
Well, not everything. Let's be real. But as much as possible. Like laundry soap, dishwasher detergent, and bar soap. I make my own sandwich bread, and do a lot of canning in the summer from my vegetable garden. I also make a lot of gifts for my family and close friends - mostly the people who I know will truly appreciate my efforts.

I also don't buy a lot of convenience food from the grocery store. I was talking with my parents and brother about convenience food and eating fast food the other day, and we concluded that this has good and bad results. We concluded that sometimes you are so hungry. Like, super hungry. You could eat a leather boot hungry. Then, you get home and you realize you didn't thaw out any chicken or ground beef, or all the things you have to make will take 30+ minutes, and you needed sustenance like an hour ago.

This is where that convenience food would be handy. And this is where the break down begins, friends. This is where I crack and grab a McChicken and fries. This is where I would give anything for a Hot Pocket. This is the downfall of not buying convenience food.

However, the trade off for making things homemade is much better on my wallet and health. I'm great at meal planning. I'm just really bad at putting that chicken in a dish in the fridge to thaw the night before.

2. I consign. A lot. 
I love to declutter and live like a minimalist as much as possible. I just don't like stuff. It weighs on my soul, people. For real.

As a result, I don't give a lot to Goodwill anymore. I take our good quality clothing and household items to consignment shops where I can still get a cut (around 15-40%) of the sale price. I would anticipate I get a few hundred dollars in a year from consigning things we would ordinarily throw away or donate. When we do give things to Goodwill, we get a receipt so when tax time comes around we can use it as a deduction.

3. We rock Craigslist and Freecycle. Often. 
I don't think I need to explain.

4. We camp. 
When we get an itch to travel (which happens a lot) we do so in our camper. We figure out a way to make a vacation into a camping vacation. Not only is it less expensive, but it's more in-line with our interests and lifestyle.

5. I do not go to the mall, or grocery shop at superstores. 
Why? Because I have no self control.

Seriously.

I love shopping, and if I go to the mall I will come away spending wayyyyy more than I intended. Same with superstores that sell groceries, household items, and anything else under the sun. I go in for milk and cheese and come out with birdseed, make-up remover, socks, and a DVD. WTF?!

The only way to cope with this is by avoidance. I know, that's totally gotta be healthy, right?

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Tell me, friends, what are some things you do to save money? What about sustainable or eco-friendly practices around your home?

Lay it on me in the Comments below!

Over and out.




6 comments:

  1. I agree with your #5...stay out of the mall. This is easy for me because I.Hate.Shopping *gasp*. The odd time, though, we "have to" go to the mall for something the boys need (all of our shoe stores have moved into the mall)and that is when we run into trouble. They see all kinds of stuff they "NEED" and it is so hard to explain to them that the want the stuff, not need the stuff (especially when they have their own money to spend, but I'm trying to teach them early).

    One thing I would add is to find free entertainment...a walk through a conservation area with a picnic for an afternoon out, game night at home with a bowl of popcorn, a campfire with friends. We spend very little on entertainment but definitely don't feel like we are going without.

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    1. Free entertainment could be a huge money-saver for any family or any size! However, most of us think it's not entertainment if it's not purchased or planned for financially. Isn't it odd how much our perception of entertainment has changed in that regard? Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  2. I found a place to consign kids stuff locally and women's clothes near my parents house (but they are really picky). I love getting rid of things through Craiglist or consigning because it gives me a better reason to get rid of tem. I know that it is hard for some people to understand but I hate getting rid of something that I paid good money for just because I don't need it anymore. I have found a lot of uses for other things but mostly it just gets so crowded in the house and you can't find what you actually use. It is a great list and I wish that I could make more things homemade which has been what I have strived to do :)

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    1. I agree, it is hard to get rid of things for me, too. I like having a minimalist-style home, so it makes me feel better to get the unused stuff out. What are some things you want to start making homemade?

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  3. I try selling stuff- particularly baby clothes- on Buy/Sell/trade pages on facebook. But next step is a consignment shop. I am moving soon and I think if a consignment shop won't take it a Yard Sale is probably the next step. I do shop at Superstores but only because the little stores are so much more expensive! Here from the Mostly Homemade Monday's link up.

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    1. You know, I've never tried to Buy/Sell/Trade FB pages. A lot of people I know do it - - maybe I should give 'er a try!

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