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There's no reason to buy expensive dog treats. Just buy a different brand
of dried food. They just want something that tastes different and comes
from your hand as a treat. There is no need for something expensive!
My doctor suggested that I take some vitamins. Instead of just buying them
over the counter, he gave me a prescription. With the script, my insurance
pays a portion, and I avoid paying sales tax, which is 9% in my area!
Small Kids Birthday Parties
My four-year-old son goes to two to three birthday parties each month! I've
found that my local dollar store is a good place to find small gifts like
markers, craft sets, and coloring kits. It is also my first stop for
birthday cards and gift wrap.
Really Easy Shower Clean
You don't need fancy shower cleaning stuff. Just an old, empty spray bottle
and some full strength vinegar is all that is needed. Simply spray it on
your shower walls and glass. Don't wipe it off. If you want, you can rinse
it off after an hour or so, but even that's not necessary. My shower always
We hope to sell our house and move this summer. Part of getting ready is to
sell some of our heavy, old furniture. By selling now, the house will seem
more open to potential buyers. We'll also save on the moving expense.
Between what we get in the sale and what we save on the move, we figure we
can buy used replacements for our new home.
Growing My Own Groceries
I recently checked with the produce manager at my local grocery store. I
was able to get a stuffed box of the outer leaves of cabbage, cauliflower,
etc. for just $1. I turned it into kimchi. I used spices I had on hand.
I've also transplanted many wild edible plants to my yard including
Jerusalem Artichokes, which are a great alternative for potatoes. Now, I
just need to keep them from taking over the yard.
At Season's End
I volunteer in Sunday school at a large church each week. As you might
expect, at the end of winter, we have a collection of mittens and scarves
in our lost and found. We put a note in our bulletin to remind moms if
they've lost items to check with us. Two weeks later, we put in a note
telling moms who are needy that we have items that are free for the taking.
Family budgets are tight, and this helps even if it's just a small savings.
Outrageous ER Bill
I recently took a fall and ended up in the ER. They did an x-ray, gave me a
script for pain pills, and sent me home. When the bill came, I was
outraged! I don't have a lot of money. In fact, I'm trying to dig out of
debt. I called and told them that I couldn't afford the bill if they
wouldn't reduce it and work out a payment plan. They knocked the bill down
by two-thirds. It seems like they overcharge to make up for cases where
they need to discount. Go figure!
Meals Times 2
I've decided to avoid fast food for my family. It's expensive and
unhealthy. One way I have done that is to double up on meals. For instance,
when I make a casserole, I make two. The second one gets pulled from the
oven when it's about 75% done and placed into the freezer. That's a great
time-saver for busy nights. As a warning, you might want to make sure that
your family likes a new recipe before you double up on it. We have one meal
in the freezer that my family does not want to eat a second time!
Why I like "No Spend" Month
I have done no spend months for awhile, and it's fantastic. It has shown me
how much I really need to live on, and I have been able to put money into
savings. I also do something else. Where I live, it gets very cold in the
winter. No one goes outside for very long. In October 2017, I started
cleaning out closets and found that I had a lot of unfinished craft
projects. I've made it a point to bring those things out of the closets,
organize them, and finish them. It drives me nuts to have stuff out, so I
purposely put some wool into a nice basket and have completed several pairs
of slippers and given them to charity. This has kept me busy. I've spent no
money whatsoever and benefited myself and others. I also haven't had to buy
a book for many years. We have a free "leave one, take one" box of books by
the post office. Also, for fun, I send for free samples of makeup, perfume,
and sometimes food in the mail. All in all, it isn't a sacrifice, and I
don't go without. In return for this lifestyle, it's more of a treat when I
do have to go to the grocery store and I'm much more mindful of what I buy.