Everyone wants to save money.
Especially when you have an entire family to feed and clothe.
But budgeting takes practice.
But if you’re patient and persevere you will find it becomes easier.
Here are a few tips to help you along that I learned about.
Cleaning: Buy cleaning products at a discount store rather than a grocery store where they often cost more.
Try inexpensive products such as baking soda, ammonia, and vinegar that can clean a lot for less.
You also may want to experiment with adding water to concentrated dishwashing liquids and shampoos to make them last longer. Before you endlessly run water or use any cleaning solution, think about what amount you’ll really need to do the job.
Utilities: Try to keep your air conditioning/heat set to a certain temperature (one in winter and one in summer). Experiment to see what temperature you can comfortably tolerate. Utilize ceiling and room fans in warm weather and keep window shades closed.
In cold weather, close off windows and doors for drafts. Replace air filters as needed. Also check with your local utilities company for suggestions to decrease your house’s energy consumption.
Laundry: Try skipping dryer sheets and fabric softeners to see if you really need them. Static cling is most problematic in colder months, so you may find you don’t need them during warmer weather. Also, use cold water whenever possible.
Save warm and hot water to wash whites and very dirty items. Try to wait until you have a full load of laundry before washing. Doing half loads uses more water, electricity, and detergent.
Storage: Regularly check your kitchen pantry and refrigerator to see what may be hidden in the back. Make a mental note so you won’t but ingredients you already have.
Keep your pantry and closets organized and your clothing stored neatly so you can see everything and avoid buying unneeded food, clothing, shoes, linen, cleaning products and other products. If you can’t see it, you may forget you have it.