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What I Do Differently Now That I am Bringing Life into The World:
I did not know how dramatically my dreams of the future would change…
Before my main priority was my career. I wanted to go back to school. I wanted to do something that could make a lot of money.
Now I dream of being a stay at home mom. I want nothing more than to spend my days raising this baby. I know it won’t be easy, but I can not stomach the thought of paying someone else to experience my baby’s infancy. Children are a beautiful thing and it would be a shame to waste that experience.
To make this dream a reality, getting our finances on track and making it a priority is my new everyday goal.
What I do to SAVE US MONEY
1. Go to church.
Yes. Go to church. Recently I have gotten back to my faith and re-kindled my relationship with God.
Finding a relationship with God and finding a loving community can be so helpful in your journey to financial security. From my personal experience, this has allowed me to be less dependent on “things” and feel more reward from relationships.
2. Use your local food bank.
I know this sounds a little crazy. No one wants to think of themselves as a failure. Having to depend on others for food can make you feel that way. I have been there.
This year for us has already been tough. I recently lost my job and my husband has been looking for something that can support us better. At this point, being almost five months pregnant, finding work may be impossible.
Utilizing our local food bank has been a blessing.
3. Bye, Bye Fabric Softener.
I never thought that I would be able to give this up. We haven’t been using this for a couple weeks now and I don’t see any difference in the softness of our clothes.
I was spending 7 dollars a month on fabric softener. So without it, I am saving 84 dollars a year.
That is not a huge amount, but every dollar counts.
4. Ditch the Sponge.
Sponges cost about a dollar a piece. If you’re replacing your sponge every week, that is 51 dollars a year.
I now make our own dishcloths using crochet. They are re-usable and washable. I will never use a dirty smelly sponge again.
There are lots of patterns you can find on Pinterest or Raverly.com.
5. Make your own laundry soap.
Can be a little time consuming but it is completely worth it.
I was spending 12 dollars a month on detergent and now I spend about 5 dollars every three months.
I make my laundry detergent using a combination of washing soda, baking soda, and castile soap. I say it is time-consuming because I have yet to find castile soap that is already grated.
In order to make your own laundry powder, you combine:
1 bar of grated castile soap, 2 cups washing soda and 1 cup baking soda.
I like to add drops of essential oils into the mix. I typically add about 10 drops or so. Basically, I add enough until the mixed powder smells really good :).
Use 3 tablespoons per load max. I use 2 tablespoons for the majority of my loads.
(**the measurement I use is used in a high-efficiency washer. you may need to increase or decrease the amount based on how your washer performs.**)
This amount I would say last about a month in the typical household, but I like to make mine in bulk (x3) so that I won’t have to make any for a while.
6. Cut those fabric sheets.
They make fabric sheets way larger than necessary. I cut mine in half, in turn, cutting the cost in half. My mother in law cuts her into fourths.
Using a full sheet can be wasteful and it is not the best for your dryer. Buildup from the sheets can cause a massive headache. If you’re like me, your luck with appliances is not always the best. So I venture to stay on the safe side.
I spend about 5 dollars on my fabric sheets and cutting them in half a box will last me 320 loads! If I am doing 5 loads a week that gives me 16 months worth of dryer sheets!
7. Use iBotta.
Why not earn money for shopping that you’re already going to do? On top of this, I also utilize my local grocery stores app. They always have great coupons! So use both!
8. Survey Junkie.
I have times that I am bored playing on my phone. Why not get paid to sit on my phone? Instead of scrolling through my Facebook feed and hardly looking at anything, I do a couple surveys.
9. Not everything requires a paper towel.
I cut back our paper towel usage quite a bit by training my husband to use a kitchen rag instead of a paper towel. Not every mess requires one. Just wipe it up with a rag and throw it in the wash.
Invest in some cheap kitchen rags from the store. You will thank me.
10. Sell stuff.
Seems like a no-brainer huh? Well until recently I would just donate things we no longer used, but with our finances, we could use the extra cash.
11. Buy concentrated cleaner.
I have cut way back on how much we spend on cleaning products by buying a concentrated cleaner and diluting it. I used to buy spray every couple of months and now I am only buying cleaning products about once or twice a year.
I know crazy right? Try it and see how much less you could spend on cleaning products.
12. Ditch the air fresheners.
I will admit that this was hard for me. I am addicted to air fresheners, but they are not really necessary. My house just fine without them and I just light the occasional candle.
I was spending about 7 dollars a month on fresheners. That was costing me about 84 dollars a year. Kind of crazy to think I would spend that much to put who knows what into a plug-in.
Keep your house clean and there won’t be any uneasy odors.