Share your best advice for living on a budget and stretching your dollars.
Instead of running out to buy the newest exercise video, healthy lifestyle book, or nutritional cookbooks, see if you can borrow them from your library. If you find it applies you and your lifestyle then buy it.
I've used my dishwasher twice in 10 years. It came with our home. The previous owner kept records of what he spent on electricity. We spend less than half. Takes time, but I listen to NPR or music and it is relaxing. I also keep all appliances not in use unplugged until needed. This saves
Never spend another dime on a book, even brand-new best-sellers! Make a request for your book online, receive notification that it's waiting for you, pick it up, read it, and return it! Sort of the Netflix of books, but it's FREE! The secret? The LIBRARY!
Drying your laundry on a line--indoors or out--is economical and eco-friendly. Dryers command a lot of energy and electricity, but they also wear out your clothes faster than hang drying. No more shrunken T-shirts either!
We have been making our own laundry soap for our family of 6 for over two years now. Works wonderfully. There are several different "recipes" available on the web. We also hang our clothes outside in good weather to dry. Imagine how much money we have saved over the years!
I know it never easy to be the best dressed but not
hard to find affordable and decent clothes. Check
out alot of those outfits that are run by veterans
stuff are usually clean,gently used. I try to look for
shorts, sweat pants once a month.
I have been cooking whole meals in my crockpot for 31 years:same crockpot too! It only costs a few cents a day to run one, instead of using an oven or microwave! Banked the saved $ and renovated my home's whole interior!
Save-a-Lot is a good example (that's where we shop).
Even when we use our food to the last box, We didn't spend more than $200 to restock without coupons.
I got angry, offended really, at the things big chain stores told me. There's much better prices out there, you just have to find th...
I got into the habit of keeping a spending log for each month, recording what I spent, when, where, what was purchased, a category, etc in a spreadsheet-type document. Knowing that I would have to go home and fill out ALL that information kept me from spending money on things I didn't really need!
My husband and I have recently paid off every credit card we had; after working on this task for nearly two years! It just aggravated me to no end to see all that interest that we did pay and would have paid had we continued to keep them alive and acitve!