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Go Shopping in Your Closet

August 15, 2009 • Paige

At the start of every school year, it is a good idea to search through your closets and drawers before doing any shopping. You will find all kinds of items you had tucked away for various reasons, and your kids likely have all kinds of clothes under the toys piled up in the bottom of their closets.

This year (2009), I only needed to spend about $12 on clothes for my son to start the 9th grade. Several months ago we bought a very nice backpack that never got used for its intended purpose, so it was still new. There were a couple of nice polo shirts that he dug out from behind his dresser, plus a whole pile of socks that had been slowly disappearing back there. (Mystery solved!) We went through several boxes in the hall closet and gathered almost all of the school supplies he needed, and rediscovered a few nice light jackets we had forgotten about.

Going through your own closets and boxes in the basement or attic before going shopping will not only save you a lot of money, but you’ll find things you have been looking for, or things you’d forgotten you had.

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Quality Tools for Every-Day Jobs

August 11, 2009 • Paige

When you need to spend money on household items, don’t simply pick up the cheapest thing you can find. You can pick up a set of ‘cheap’ cookware for $20 at a discount store, but you’re going to spend more in the long run.

Cheap pans are thin, easily bendable, and the non-stick coating begins to flake into your food almost immediately. This is unhealthy and it isn’t long before you need to replace your pans. Cookware is something you use every day to prepare your food, so it should be good quality.

My grandmother cooked breakfast for me in the cast iron skillet she had since she was first married. That skillet probably cost less than $2.00 and was used almost every day for over seventy years and it’s still in someone’s cabinet today, but unfortunately it’s not my cabinet. 🙂

Cast iron may not be your cup of tea, but you spend less when you can purchase things once and use them for years. You still don’t need to fork out hundreds of dollars for a set of cookware, just watch garage sales and thrift stores for that one good piece of bake ware or cookware tucked in among the thin, chipped pans.

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Line drying lowers utility bills

August 9, 2009 • Paige

Ok… who likes line-dried laundry? Almost nobody, however you can’t ignore how much money it can save you.

Hang your wet clothes on a line outside, or over your shower curtain rod until they are just damp, then tumble for a short time with low heat to “fluff” them up and finish drying. You’ll notice a savings on your energy bill immediately just from line-drying, and your clothes will last longer!

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Get a Library Card

August 2, 2009 • Paige

If you have kids, get each of them a library card. Almost all public libraries have a DVD / VHS section filled with movies, categorized by rating or age levels, which can be borrowed for free. They won’t have a lot of new releases but you will find plenty of classics, entire seasons of television series – definitely something for everyone. Show your kids all of your childhood favorites.

Be dilligent and return library items on time to avoid over-due fees which can be $1.00 per day for DVD and VHS. While you’re looking for movies, don’t forget to slip in a book or two for the kids and the adults. I have always found lots of great books on budget cooking, gardening and canning, frugal living, home made gifts, crafts and just about anyting else you can think of.

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