To save money, spend less. Do this by using cheaper substitutes, doing without, or getting an item cheaper. I wrote a previous blog that talked about these ideas.
Here’s what I’ve done lately to cut our expenses.
- Diluted the laundry and dish soaps.
- Stayed home.
- Went through the house earmarking things to sell.
- Transformed the drippings, onions & some meat from a roasted lemon chicken into lemon chicken soup with egg & rice.
- I put aside the bones & skin from the picked chicken for the stock bag.
- Bought 5 packages of cookies and 4 pieces of cake for .50 each at a bake sale and froze them. I can’t make baked goods for these prices, from scratch or a mix. Everybody wins: I get HM baked goods, the charity sells a lot of goods, likely donated, and I spent way less. (I ate 1 pkg of the cookies the other day, they were great.)
- We’re using part of the stored wood stash on the new entry & walkway project.
- I’ve been making more of our bread. (I need to make ALL of it!)
- I harvested dill, lettuce, and raab seeds today. I’ll either use them to grow food indoors this winter or plant them out next spring.
What didn’t work? Our furnace needs to be serviced, sigh. Our bed broke last night. (DH fixed it.) The washing machine is still occasionally making loud THUMP noises, we’re not sure why? It feels as if everything is breaking, at once.
Our slide in, one-piece stove/oven we bought when we moved here. It was long ago enough that parts are no longer available. I want a stove top and wall ovens when we redo the kitchen. And, of course, being me, the stove top I want is an order-only item, and pricey, sigh. That’s a long-term “save for it” thing. Meanwhile, we might buy something else as a fill in piece. Not this month. God knows we can’t afford anything else this month!