Monday, October 8, 2007

Small Things Add to Big Savings Over Time

Here's a list of small things I do today to save money:

  • Double a recipe and freeze half. Use the frozen meal instead of fast food for a quick meal when you are short on time.

  • Shut all cabinet and closet doors. Don't pay to cool/heat "dead" space.

  • Try living without one convenience item for a short time. Paper towels or paper plates are a good items to try and avoid. Even a week without them saves money. If you do use paper towels for drying hands don't throw them away. Save it for wiping up a spill. And after a paper towel dries works great to clean windows.

  • When using oven, turn off the oven 5-10 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

  • Use less of everything! A smidgen of toothpaste is enough to clean our teeth. Use 1/2 lb.- 3/4 lb of ground beef in a recipe that calls for a pound and "bulk" it up by adding rolled oats while browning. No one will know it is in there! Use half the recommended amount of laundry detergent.

  • Wash clothes in cold water. They will get clean.

  • Dilute liquids. Things like dish soap, shampoo, and even ketchup can easily be diluted.

  • Write down every meal you cook this week. You just started a meal plan!

  • Unplug appliances that are not being used.

  • Hang laundry to dry on a the line or on small drying racks.

I would love to hear what small things others do to save money.

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