I want to say a big "welcome" and thank you to my newest follower, Katie over at the blog, Gates Place.
This post is part of my short series on how I personally save money so that I can give to causes I support and also help myself get out of debt. If you are interested in other the other articles in the series you may read here and here.
- A new tip I've learned from Ilona at Life After Money ~ use bubble bath to clean the toilet. This is a great tip for using bubble bath someone gives you as a gift when you don't know what else to do with it.
- I reuse plastic bags and various store containers where possible. The best repurposing I've seen for plastics came from a quilter who uses plastic take away food containers as storage for notions and fabric. Awesome!
- I purchase inexpensive plastic bins from the dollar store to store my potatoes and onions as well as other dried goods. I prefer to use wood, glass or other natural materials where possible but the cost is quite prohibitive. I will use the plastic bins as long as possible instead of discarding them just because I get tired of them and want a change.
- I also purchase inexpensive plastic bins to use in my bathroom and in storage areas like closets,
- There are many containers that I need for storing other foods and making sure they don't go bad. I don't always use plastic especially if they are to be stored on my kitchen counter (noodles, rice, raisins, brown sugar etc.). I look for attractive containers from the variety store where the cost is 1/3 to 1/2 off of the regular prices.
All these containers were purchased on discount. I don't need them to be "matchy matchy". In fact, I dislike things that are overly matched.
- I purchase inexpensive white towels wherever I can find them. I like the thin, fluffy kind. I bought my last ones at Field's and I think they cost me $2.00 each. Perfect for throwing in the wash with some disinfectant.
- I do not buy furniture very often and I use most things until they are quite worn out. My home, though comfortable, does not look like a a feature in a decorating magazine. I sometimes wish it did but having time to enjoy life, and giving to the Kenyan Missions of Hope is more important to me.
- To compensate for not buying furniture, I use slipcovers on my sofa and chairs.
- I give “lost” furniture a home. For example, I have a dresser/desk and a chair in my bedroom that came from the garbage out back of my home. They are in fine condition.
- I look for household items at the thrift store. I purchased a wing chair, lamp, and side table there in the past few years.
- I try and buy direct from the manufacturer for items like mattresses.
- I shop for appliances and large pieces of furniture when they are on sale. I also shop and wait around if I am looking for something that costs more than I am willing to pay. I ask stores to price match also if I find something close by for a higher price which is cheaper somewhere else. This saves on cost of delivery too.
- I buy furniture that needs to be put together especially if it will save money (shelves,closets and a TV stand are recent examples).
- I shop on Craigslist and am a member of my local Freecycle where I can list items I want to give away or look for items I want. This doesn't always help me because I am limited in my ability to get around but it is an option, especially if you have wheels.
I have plans for another two posts in this short series on saving pennies. Please check back again soon if you are reading/participating in this series. I'd also love to hear your ideas for saving money on household items.
I want to add here that I have been challenged and inspired to make a change in terms of my habit of using plastics due to the efforts of one woman, Beth Terry, who has championed the cause of reducing plastic usage in her own life for the health of our bodies, our oceans and the planet. Once you read this inspiring woman's blog you will see just how reliant on plastics we have become. You can read more about the cause at Plastic Free Living. Before you go, please stop and leave a comment or your frugal tip for saving on household expenses. Until next time, happy savings!