Well Sisters, I have spent the last few days pondering more ways to tighten my family’s belt. I like to think that for the most part I can be pretty frugal although my husband and I both have our guilty pleasures. We had a tremendous lifestyle change after I stopped working near the end of my second pregnancy. We suddenly snapped from two incomes to one. We did not prepare as well as we probably could have but we certainly learned the difference between necessity and desire. At any rate, here are a few tips to help us all ride the economic wave. And, of course, please share any tips you have with your SISTERS!
Recession Busting Tips: Part One
- Buy whole chickens. All of the poultry eaters out there have already noticed the rising prices. A great way to combat this is to stop paying for convenience. Instead of purchasing chicken parts or whole cut-up chickens, purchase whole chickens and cut them yourself. In most cases, you will save between $.75 to $1.00 per pound! That is savings that can add up! You’ll need freezer bags and a good pair of poultry shears to do the job, but it’s worth it.
- Make your own cleaning supplies. Not only is this better for the environment, but you can save a ton. There are several websites dedicated to do-it-yourself cleaning supplies and tips. We even have several articles dedicated to it. You can check them out here.
- Bye-bye acrylic nails. I know a great deal of women just refuse to cut back in the area, however doing so can save a bundle. On average, acrylic nails will cost $22 (plus $4 tip) every two weeks. That’s a cost of $676 a year! Many women attempt to do it themselves at home but that increases the risk of infection and fungus even more. Try a healthy diet with vitamins and at-home manicures or barter with a friend. It’s worth it!
- Turn off that fan. Use the kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans sparingly during cold weather. In just one hour, these fans can blow away a houseful of heated air. Turn them off just as soon as they have done their jobs.
- Have a garage sale! I admit I’m still getting my nerve up to try this tip, but from what I’ve seen the benefits are great. You clear out unwanted or underused items and make a little cash in the process. Alternatively, you could schedule a pick-up with Goodwill or the Salvation Army and tax the tax write-off. Either way, you save.
- Clip those coupons. Use coupons whenever you can. They are especially great in combination with in-store promotions. You can save as much as 80% on some items and more if you catch a BOGO. Sign-up with websites like CouponMom.com and SmartSource to get a heads up on the coupons that will be featured in Sunday’s Paper.
Stay tuned for more tips….