Tips: Saving Money in Home and Garden
Ways to save money for home and garden
At one time in my life I have had money, but I was raised poor so that really helped when my life turned upside down and I lost everything.
I am an apartment dweller so I don't have a garden....I would love one but I simply have never been able to keep birds. fish or plants alive. I'm even amazed all 4 of my children survived. That being said, here goes:
1. 1.I make my own laundry softener sheets
2. I do not use napkins, paper towels or tissue paper. I have collected some vintage hankies that I use (and some I don’t) Cloth napkins can be thrown in the washer and dryer as well as the torn up cloths I use in place of paper towels. Doing this I can make a roll of paper towels last 6 months.
3. Baking soda, Dawn, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, borax and alcohol are my basic cleaning supplies.
4. I make my own Swiffer cloths, and sometimes spray those with a vinegar spray if I don’t feel like steam mopping.
5. I make a lot of my meals from scratch and rarely buy premixed items. I can make my own Bisquick, but I do enjoy having Bisquick and Krusteaz on hand.
6. I buy my baking items in bulk from Winco---their powdered Dutch baking powder is heavenly in my mocha mix, hot chocolate and frosting.
7. Thrift stores, thrift stores and thrift stores! I sometimes buy a garment just for its trim or buttons or other embellishments…and the yardage can be used for things around the house (napkins and hankies anyone?)
8. Yard sales and estate sales are great but I don’t spend much time in them due to a panic disorder so I always feel crowded whereas I feel like I can take more time in a thrift store. I don’t avoid them altogether though because of some of the amazing things you can find
9. I wash my aluminum foil if it is still in good condition and I wash food storage bags. I am fastidious with these and clean both inside and out with Dawn and bleach
10. After holiday sales, you can get stuff up to 95% off if you are willing to brave the crowd and take your time
11. I have also retrieved some amazing things by dumpster diving. One time I scored a dozen pair of name-brand shoes, little or no wear and just happened to be in mine and my fiends’ sizes.
a. 2 wicker laundry baskets—both brand new
b. Wooden tv tray (required scrubbing and bleaching)
c. Shower chair (required scrubbing and bleaching)
d. Assorted baskets
e. Misc. wine bottles (great for projects)
f. An almost new sofa (ok, it was on its way to the dumpster so I saved it)
g. Candles & candle holders
h. Odds and ends stemware
12. Barter! A neighbor in my apartment building brought me well over $100 in ribbons and laces and in return, she got the best of my 4th of July wreaths. She brings me buttons and dryer sheets (for wreaths)
13. Join a Freecycle group in your neighbourhood
14. Check out Listia and please use my code so I can get credit. It is an auction site where you may only have to pay for some shipping and handling. I have gotten beautiful buttons, TONS of laces, fat quarters and so much more.
Here is my link for Listia: CSGFLV
Think outside the box, check my Pinterest page for recycle and upcycle ideas and my Save $ board. You will also find just about every cleaning concoction known to human kind on my Concoction boards. Before you toss something try to see if it can serve another purpose.
If anyone is interested in how I can make a 32oz bottle of Dawn last for 6 months, let me know
Go forth and start saving