As I was reusing my Bounty Dryer Sheets and alternating my recycling and garbage bags, I realized, I do a lot of weird things to save money! I come from a long line of weirdly-frugal people, so I guess I get it honestly. 🙂 Since we are all trying to be better with our money in the upcoming year, I thought I would share my ideas with you. Maybe you will be inspired to save a little extra do-re-mi this coming year & not think I am totally strange in the process!
Ten Weird Ways I Save Money:
#10: As I admitted in the first paragraph, I totally re-use my dryer sheets. I use those babies until you no longer feel any of the softener in the sheets. They last forever! (figuratively, not literally)
#9: I use chicken bullion instead of chicken broth. I used to try to make my own broth and it just got too time consuming. I go through a LOT of chicken broth. The chicken bullion powder has the powder to make 250 cups worth, for the price of about $3.50. Compare that with the 6-ish cups you get from the extra-large cans of pre-made chicken broth. Huge savings! Huge! (and by the way…my family never noticed the difference when I switched.)
#8: I shop at ALDI. Comparing what I used to spend at another very reasonable grocery store, I save about $50-$100 per large trip! If you’ve never shopped there, why don’t you try it out? Their stuff is great! I have another post in the works about my favorite things to purchase from there. Don’t have one in your area? You probably won’t have to wait long…I have three in my town alone.
#7: We purchase the WENDY’S FROSTY tag at the beginning of the year. (This is for my husband who totally didn’t believe it was for real when I first told him about it.) You purchase a FROSTY tag for $1 in the month of January. (Get there quick, they sell out!) I purchase 1 for each member of my family. Every time you go to Wendy’s for the entire year, you get a FREE small Frosty. (It’s really as much as you want at one time, anyway! Or, if you want, purchase a bunch just for yourself! Nobody will know! 😉
#6: I make my own laundry detergent. Here is the link to that and a bunch more home cleaner recipes. Let me tell you, the homemade Windex is amazing! Back to the laundry detergent, I also put in Aldi’s version of OxyClean to every wash to amp up the cleaning power.
#5: I purchase my spices in bulk. I save a BUNDLE doing it this way. Here is the link to a post about the savings. Have trouble located spices in bulk? Check out grocery stores that label themselves as fresh markets. That is where I found mine. The spices are bagged instead of sold in bottles or jars. You will need to put them in a jar when you get home. I usually use my plenteous supply of ball jars.
#4: When shopping at Target, I use newspaper coupons + Target coupons + Cartwheel + Ibotta + Savings Star. Oh my, it’s a little confusing and intense but I can save over half of my bill by doing that! Here is a blog post where I detailed a recent shopping trip to Target. Two great resources to use are Totally Target & The Coupon Mom
#3: I use white vinegar instead of fabric softener. Just pour it into the fabric softener slot in your washer. It works great! (You will notice it is the ingredient in all sorts of homemade cleaner recipes, as well.)
#2: I always look for online coupons at RetailMeNot.com before I make a purchase online. You can generally save on the shipping or receive a small discount. Sometimes you can save big, like I did when I purchased my kids Christmas outfits from the Gap this year. Check out the post to see what happened!
#1: This is slightly embarrassing but, here goes! Instead of throwing out our recycling bag every time we use it, this is what we do each time we take out the garbage:
- Empty the recycling can & the garbage, but save the used (& purdy clean) recycling bag.
- Use the used recycling bag for the garbage.
- Put a NEW bag into the recycling can.
We make our bags do a little extra work before they are thrown out. Isn’t that awesome of them? Props to the hubs for thinking of that weirdly-frugal idea!
Are you interested in beginning a CASH BUDGET? Want to know more about it? Click on this link to as I share how we use a cash budget.
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