This is the first time, I have joined Top Ten Tuesday….and I wanted to share some ways we have cut our budget in our home. Like many, the cost of gas and other necessities have increased….but, the income has not. So, we have made adjustments in our home…that have really made some huge impacts and have helped a LOT!
1) We keep it a little warm in the summer (83) and a little chilly in the winter (68). (This saved us BIG time this summer, as our electricla bill for our 2200 sft home did not go above $175
2) We use cloth napkins….
3) I do not purchase trash bags. We use the bags from the grocery store for our trash bags
4) I do not purchase books before I ask friends and others if they have a copy….all of these books were given to us by friends who no longer needed them!!
5 and 6: I reuse / re-purpose a LOT of things. The crate was originally used to bring Mason Jars to us for freezing…and I was hunting around the garage for SOMETHING to hold our winter blankets…and thought…OH, that would be cute! The two quilts in the very bottom of the crate (left/right) were quilts my Grandmother made when my Dad was a very little boy…from old clothing and scraps…
7. We buy our grains in bulk. This 40lb bucket of organic brown rice was $60….one small bag (16oz) at the grocery store is $7…That’s a LOT of saving!
8. We make our own soap….healthier and overall cost savings
9 and 10) We bake our own bread. One 2.5lb loaf of organic bread (from freshly milled wheat) is $1.25. Why is this number 10? This summer, I moved the Zojirushi (purchased used from a family moving to Germany) to the bottom of our hall pantry…to keep it from heating up the house and to keep the southern humidity from killing the second rise…. Speaking of purchasing USED….we try to find all things used and love hand me downs…so, I guess this makes number 11, too. Most items we need are purchased at less than 50% cost of retail.
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