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We killed a couple of hours today at the Grange Fair in Yorktown. We went for the first time last year and had so much fun with Landon that I wanted to go again this year.
Unfortunately, as you may know, these fairs are ridiculously expensive. It cost us $12 to park, $30 in tickets for the rides, of which $10 alone were spent by Don and Landon going on the Ferris wheel (I am too afraid of heights — there is no way you are getting me on that thing!). [Read more…]
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Such great and fun advice for Moms. She shares from the heart and relates so well to her readers! ~ AmyMacsMusings
“Wait, I have a coupon for that!
That’s my comeback every time my girlfriends mention that they are shopping for something.
I’m super frugal.
I don’t like to pay a lot for anything, and I often don’t.
It’s kind of a game for me – I try to get everything for less. Organic food, home decor, clothing…
I’ll teach you how you can save thousands of dollars every year with my blog posts and ebook.
I have written many articles about my frugal and couponing adventures and tips:
- How to Throw a 50th Birthday Party for Less! (includes free printable)
I’m passionate about living a healthy and green lifestyle, while being on a budget.
I want to share some tips with you on how I save money — and who doesn’t want to these days — while being kind to our environment.
7 Tips on Being Frugal and Green
1. Save cardboard, address stickers, and toilet paper rolls for art and craft projects
I remember that my mother always collected little boxes and toilet paper rolls while I grew up in Germany, and she would drop them off at our kindergarten when she had saved up a whole bag.
We would use those materials for art and craft projects. Recycling is a big part of your live in Germany – we regularly recycled materials into at least seven different bins.
Recycle holiday cards, for example to make new ornaments or cards.
When my son was little, I saved cardboard and all kinds of things for his future craft projects.
I had one designated box in the office for these supplies, and whenever I got another 50 address stickers from a charity that I would never use up, or junk mail that includes a “Yes” sticker or a postcard with an animal on it, I would throw those in that craft box.
Oftentimes those address stickers have pretty little pictures on them, so I just cut off the address part and my son could sticker away. While you keep your kids busy with free craft supplies, they can be creative and make a gift for their grandparents, for example.
2. Reuse plastic food containers
I reuse the sturdy plastic containers some restaurants give you for takeout and leftovers. I reuse them to store all kinds of small items, like my son’s crayons or my office supplies.
They also come in handy for DIY projects. I like to reuse them for paint projects, as I did when I repainted this cabinet.
3. Reuse plastic bags from newspapers and bread
I save the plastic bags around newspapers if they are dry. Sometimes I also save the plastic bags around bread.
I don’t like to use expensive resealable bags for something that gets thrown out, so that’s what I save those plastic bags for.
4. Buy household staples at the dollar store
Once a month or so I go to our local dollar store and stock up on things that would cost me so much more at the supermarket or paper goods stores. Find out where the biggest and most well-stocked dollar store is in your neighborhood — mine is in a mall.
Things I buy: I love buying the toilet brushes with holder there because I like to replace them frequently, and for just a dollar (for both pieces) I don’t mind doing it.
I also get dish sponges there, paper plates, birthday cards (sometimes you can get a set of 10 for $1.50, how can you beat that!), wrapping paper, gift bags, and resealable plastic bags.
Once I found cute finger puppets there for Landon. On my last trip, I got beautiful silk pillow covers. They were so beautiful that I bought 10, in several colors, to update our home. If one gets soiled, I’m not too upset because I got them for such a bargain price.
5. Unplug appliances and computers
After a $300 electric bill, I got much more aware of the cost of energy-sucking appliances on standby. Before going to sleep, I now shut down my computer, monitor, and printer.
The more appliances you can unplug in your home, the better. This is also so much better for your sleep not to have all those EMF waves going through your house all night.
TIP: avoid shortening the battery life of your iPads and iPhones by making sure not to charge them all night.
You can buy devices like this energy-saving outlet with timer that make it easier to save on energy.
We are thinking of installing the Nest thermostat in our home, which also saves you energy costs and basically pays for itself. It automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy — brilliant!
6. Get LED light bulbs
I just replaced many of our light bulbs with LED light bulbs.
I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the light the ones I bought emit — it is a very harsh, and I put back the old bulb in the living room — but light bulbs have evolved so much in just the last few years, I just have to find the kind I like the best.
I made a point to replace the light bulbs with LED in rooms I’m not in as much, and the outside lights.
7. Use stained, old clothes one more time
Instead of throwing out old socks with a hole or T-shirt with a stain I can’t get out, I cut them up into smaller rags and used them to wipe the floor when I’m cleaning.
I especially like using socks for this job: just put them over your hands, add some all-natural cleaner — my absolute favorite is Mrs. Meyer’s Geranium cleaner — and go! It’s a great way to get into tricky corners, and it saves paper towels.
I hope these 7 tips on being frugal and green help you save money and make you feel great about saving precious resources.
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