What's your favorite way to save money?

Katherine - posted on 02/20/2012 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Besides food. Do you make your own detergents, cleaners etc....?

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Jamie - posted on 07/19/2012

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Coupons are the best! Even my 3yr old daughter knows that if we don't have a coupon, then we will most likely not get it. We also line dry most of our laundry so that saves a lot on electricity. I also can/freeze food when I'm able. Something that I do a lot is free stuff with my kids such as going to parks, playgroups, library, etc. We stay busy with all the outdoors and free events that we can go to. I've been shopping on Groupon and other websites like that, we are able to find things that we normally do or need and save money....such as buying flowers, never hurts to keep that Groupon on file, never know when you need to send flowers for a funeral or a birthday, etc. I also sign up for a lot of stuff on the internet to get free samples so that helps too.

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Main ways I do it is letting my clothes dry on the line outside or a clothes horse inside and only tumble dry what I really need to.



Making sure that I run a full load when using the dish washer or washing machine (clothes). Also giving the clothes an extra spin at the end of the programme, so the clothes are slightly drier when coming out.



Charity/second hand shops for books, clothes. Spending a little bit more on shoes so that I know that they'll last longer so saving money in the long run.



I usually do all my shopping in cash, then put the change into a money box that needs opening with a can opener. Then when the tin is full - putting what I've saved into an account at the bank.



Wrapping paper/cards - going to the market and spending less for more. Also Christmas/Easter/Halloween/Valentine/Mother's Day/Father's Day things - buying them in the sale after the event for the following year, where appropriate. Normally get things like wrapping paper, cards, the 'special' cooking things etc.. If timed right, can get quite a bit for a fraction of the price.

Lyndsey - posted on 03/16/2012

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I like line drying clothes instead of using the dryer, lowers my electric bill substantially. Walking places instead of driving when possible. Use cloth diapers instead of disposables. Coupons for almost everything and use them on sale items. Vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. Shopping second hand for whatever possible. Space heaters instead of using the furnace. Don't waste money on unnessesary things like cable or Netflix. Make your own baby food. Keep your tires filled up so you get better gas mileage. Change your oil in the car yourself (surprisingly easy). Use cash instead of debit, the envelope system works great (Dave Ramsey). Don't use a credit card unless you plan to pay it off completely every month. Share a car with your spouse if possible, less car insurance and gas that way. Ask what kind of special you can get before paying for things. For instance I just stayed in a four star resort for $20 just by asking if they have specials for locals.

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Erica - posted on 07/20/2012

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Buy surge protectors with on/off switches and plug everything into it. Turn the switch on when you need something and off when you're not using it.

Erica - posted on 07/20/2012

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My dryer broke in March, so I washed ALL my clothes at home and took them to the laundromat to dry them all at once. I paid $10 a week to dry so $40 a month, but my electricity bill decreased. by $200. oh, we are a family of 8

Danielle - posted on 07/20/2012

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I tried the vinegar suggestion and it worked!! Haven't tried baking soda but i'm sure it works just as well!

Claudia - posted on 07/15/2012

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Coupon, coupon, coupon! I get most of my soap, shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, etc...at least half off for diapers, most stuff close to 75% off if not free! Although it seems a bit overwhelming at first, once you get into it, it is almost addicting!

Tanya - posted on 07/07/2012

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i use coupons for anything and everything. the other day i went to kmart and had about ten dollars worth of stuff in my cart and paid only 43 cents...i love those kind of shopping days!

Tracie - posted on 07/06/2012

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I use coupons for everything - stores, restaurants, grocery, framing, household services, gifts, etc. Why not? It's free money. I go to the year end sale at a great local second hand shop. I once got an entire school wardrobe of really cute stuff for both of my girls for only $30. Can't beat that! I also make ice pops for the kids instead of buying expensive ice cream. One packet of Kool Aid for 25 cents makes about 50 ice pops!

Tali - posted on 07/05/2012

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I'm so happy to see so many of you commenting that line drying saves you money. I'm really trying to keep our electricity bill down this summer (our electricity company is offering extra savings if we decrease our bill by 10-20% from last summer). I couldn't find many ways to cut down, but until now I was a huge tumble dryer fan, and this summer I've started line drying.

I do about 6 loads a week, so do you think this will make the difference?

Also, I'm still looking for tips to keep the line-dried laundry soft, so far I've decreased the amount of detergent I use, and I put it in the dryer for 10 minutes before shaking out and hanging up. I've read vinegar helps but I'm too scared to try that...

Katherine - posted on 06/24/2012

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I don't watch TV either. I read or am on the computer. AND buy organic.

CelloMom - posted on 06/24/2012

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Mine is pretty radical: no TV. (no cable or satellite, either). It shields me from a continuous barrage of commercials telling me what's cool, what's a "must have", what's the new thing this season: all the status symbols. I do a lot of internet but the ads on most websites are much easier to ignore (so far), and I try to be mindful of them.
This allows me to decide for myself what I want / need: turns out it's not that much. My clothes are a decade old. Our car is small, and gas frugal, and we'll drive it until it falls apart.

Yes, food is where I draw the line: I don't hold back on the organic.

Tamyra - posted on 05/18/2012

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I make my own cleaners and laundry detergent. I line dry clothes as often as possible. I make as much food from scratch as I can. I keep my thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Instead of bottled water I bought a filter system for my sink. I have recently learned how to make dishwasher detergent. So excited about that. I shop at our local Amish grocery and find amazing deals. I also shop at Aldiz for produce which is always cheap. Now if I can get my husband on board for his shopping habits. UGH! Thanks for the other tips ladies, I have learned alot.

Hannah - posted on 04/27/2012

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i make my own laundry and dish detergent, my own windex. we use cloth diapers and wipes, and line dry, i make our baby food from stuff in our garden.

Camille - posted on 03/17/2012

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I start off with a balaced budget with ten percent savings. Then I find coupons for things that i usually buy like toilet paper, cleaners, laundry detergent, etc. then I take what i would have spent but saved, and put that in savings. I am going to purchase a double stroller so my kids and I can walk around, were so close to everything. Also locally we have a thrift store that gives out free clothes so i usually get clothes there and donate the ones that the kids grew out of. There was a time where I couldnt find ANY clothes there for my son, so I got bigger clothes and downsized them, usually mens shirts. turned out cute too! Then I usually reuse things for other stuff, like i just seen alot of stuff on the internet on how to make containers for toys out of milk cartons, cute so I am saving, I usually go through a gallon a day. So i am excited about that, we also use natural light as long as we can and go to bed early so we dont need to use lights often. I also use free cycle ALOT i give stuff and get stuff, and found amazing things, thats how my kids got most of their toys. The ones i dont want/need we usually put back on free cycle. Then we recycle our goods, there is a place a few blocks away who pay for you to recycle your stuff, so its like getting paid for my trash. Which is eco friendly too! I am going to start makin some shirts into dresses for my daughter now that she is getting into the walking stage and doesnt need onsies type shirts.

Brittney - posted on 03/16/2012

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I use vinegar and baking soda for cleaners, I use cloth training pants/undies for Ruby, I buy used children's books, second hand clothing (yard sales for anything household), I use ragged shirts as rags instead of buying, I patch any clothes that have holes, this summer my parents are giving us their clothes lines so I can line dry our clothes, we have energy efficient windows, water saving washer, new furnace (saves a ton of gas), we open windows in the spring and summer and don't turn the ac on until we have to, walk places instead of driving, going to try to make my own laundry detergent, don't have unnecessary things (cable, cell phone), I bought a vacuum that doesn't use bags and has cleanable filters...etc.

Katherine - posted on 03/12/2012

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Yeah Casey, if you google 20 uses for vinegar, you'll find a boat load of info!

Casey - posted on 02/21/2012

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Also I go to the Salvation army to buy books- they sell them from 50cents to $3.50, and Its buy one get one free, so its cool to go hunting for fav authors and seeing what you find ! :)

Casey - posted on 02/21/2012

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I have been reading bits and peices on the internet, and found a place that adding some baking soda to your sink load of dishes helps with grease - I did that one night after washing nacho dishes, and only needed one sinkful of water and it really helped!

Katherine - posted on 02/20/2012

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I personally like vinegar, it smells for a minute but then smells fresh.

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