Use Products From Home to Save Money

Simplify Life

Frugal today means living a simpler less wasteful life within our personal finances. It used to mean going without but times have changed. Frugal living can become a habit so that you simply will not buy something that is over priced or unnecessary. It is simply making a choice.

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Entertainment - Have fun Without Spending

Everyone likes to spend a little money on entertainment but if you are on a tight budget you have to plan carefully. Try saving money by keeping a change jar in your bedroom and put all your loose change it the jar each night, which will build up to be several dollars in a relatively short time.

Eating at restaurants and going to movies is much more expensive now than it was a few years ago. When the money is adequate pick a nice restaurant and enjoy your outing. Renting movies is cheaper than going to the theaters. If you live going to music concerts, then save up for one that is special to you. If you enjoy theater, sometimes you can find reasonably priced shows at local colleges or small theater groups. Museums and art galleries are always interesting and they are free.

Have a game night with friends or a cookout in the back yard. Go bike riding with your spouse or a friend. Think creatively and you can probably think of many things to do to socialize with family and friends.

Cleaning Recipes with Home Products

Multipurpose cleaner:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Mix together and wipe over surfaces

Wood Polish:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Half cup lemon juice
  • Mix together. Use a small amount on a soft cloth and after applying, buff off with a dry soft cloth.

Refrigerator odors?

1 cup dry baking soda place on saucer in the back of the refrigerator.

Blocked drain cleaner:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup baking soda1 cup vinegar
  • Mix together and pour down drain. Leave for several minutes then flush with hot water.

Stubborn stains:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup borax
  • Mix and pour onto the stain. Leave for at least 10 minutes then using a scourer rub off. (only use on surfaces that will not scratch)

Carpet freshener:

  • Dry baking soda
  • Sprinkle on carpet and leave for 1 hour before vacuuming

Save Money on Groceries

Groceries are a major way you can cut your spending through sales, grocery coupons and wise spending. Cooking differently also can save money.

Use your cheaper cuts of meat and have at least two meatless dinners per week. Make casseroles that will last for two meals. /stay always from processed food as it is more expensive. Use oatmeal for breakfast as it is healthier and cheaper. You can sweeten it up for the children with some honey and maybe add some raisins or other fruit.

Saving Money on Cleaning Products

When you go into the grocery store you will see a huge variety of cleaning products, each one with a different purpose. Buy the stores own brand in a concentrated version if they have one. Buy the largest size as that will work out cheaper over time. When using the products measure the suggested amount. Try any cleaner on a small area first to make sure it does no damage. Why not try to make your own cleaning products?

You can make a multipurpose cleaner with these basic ingredients:

  • White vinegar is excellent for killing germs, bacteria and mold.
  • Baking soda is a great deodorizer and scourer.
  • Lemon juice is useful because the acid provides antibacterial and antiseptic properties, plus it provides a great fresh smell to your home.
  • Olive oil is good for polishing wood surfaces and adding shine to stainless steel.
  • Salt is a multipurpose cleaner and deodorizer which is great for frugal cleaning due to its cheap price.

Money Saved from Frugel Living

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Cut Expenses

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How to save money with simple home tips.

  • Cut your cable bill down by eliminating movie channels or perhaps some other channels that you really don’t watch.
  • Turn the lights off when you are not in a room.
  • Turn computers off at night as well.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to cut down on your utility bills.
  • Put a timer on your hot water heater also, and make sure it is wrapped tightly to keep the heat in.
  • Use old wash cloths or dish towels to wipe up spills rather than paper towels.
  • Learn to cut your children’s hair.
  • Do not use your credit cards unless you can pay them off when the bill arrives as not paying interest is a money saving tip.

Eliminate Pests from Your Home

If you have a pest problem there are several natural things that you can do which is healthier for you and your pets, plus they are cheaper.

  • To keep flies out of your home have some small pots of basil growing around your home.
  • To keep ants out leave cucumber peel on window ledges in the kitchen to deter them. Also wash cabinets with a solution of vinegar and water. Cinnamon or salt sprinkled around the outside of your door with keep ants away.
  • Weevils can be kept out by placing a bay leave in pots containing flour and cereal.
  • Moths will be kept away by placing mint teabags inside wardrobes and closets.
  • Mice will stay away from entering your home by planting peppermint plants around the outside of your home. Also, keep all dry goods inside sealed containers,
  • Mint, garlic and basil are all good to have planted around your home as they deter many pests and you can plant them in between your other plants.

How To Live on Practically Nothing


Frugal living isn’t difficult; it is just simple living. You can cut your expenses in a very noticeable way. You will have more money in your savings, and for repairs to your home as periodically they are required. You will have more money to reach your long term financial goals. Perhaps frugal living is a new mindset for you, but you will like the results.

© 2011 Pamela Oglesby

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Nicole Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

Great hub, I love the frugal tips on pest control, thank-you so much!

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

You're going to start hearing people getting set-top boxes for a one-time fee,coming with a variety of programs from the computer along with a $10.00 monthly subscription to Netflix and then cutting out their $60.00 monthly fee for cable.;)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nicole, Thanks so much for your comments.

Mentalist acer, I like it! :-) I appreciate your comments.

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

Thanks for sharing these practical tips for saving on costs. A mom like can surely use these tips for better home management.

By the way, I have learned to cut the hair of my children. Just don't know until when they would allow me.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Very detailed and well laid out hub discribing how to save money. Thank you, Pamela, for your helpful tips.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Chin chin, Good luck with cutting your children's hair. Thanks for your comment.

Hello, Thanks so much for your comments.

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Vicki.Pierce 6 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great advice that we all should try to live by. Love the videos that you added!

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Good Morning my dear Pam, between you and Audrey you are both killing me, I will be thrilled when this contest is over LOL this is truly a fantastic hub, and I have NO choice I must be is changing scary...rate this up love & peace darski Oh Pam your vote up is below the comment section, love you

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

These are all excellent tips, Pamela, for saving money and becoming a member of the Frugal Society. I particularly like your strategies for eliminating pests from your home. Here is one more you might want to add.

I have discovered the ideal method for eliminating pests from my home. I just purchased a new doormat that reads, "GO AWAY." I'm sure that will do the job! :)

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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Great money saving tips Pamela, love the cleaning recipes. Its amazing how much you can save when you are mentally aware of such spending habits. Thanks for sharing.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

drbj, I want one of those also! Thanks for your comments.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Vicky, Thanks so much for your comments and I'm glad you liked the video.

Darsky, I will be glad when this contest is over also. That is why I have skipped a couple of days and written on a different topic. I know you know about living frugally and I wish you better days. Hugs and love to you.

rpalulis, It's strange that I've heard some of those tips for years and still buy products in the store. So now I am going to start following my own advice! Thanks so much for your comments.

Neva Flores 6 years ago

Thank you so much for this wonderfully useful information. :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Neva, I appreciate your comment.

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sweetmummy 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I think you hit the nail on the head - it's about simplifying things. Great tips!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

sweetmummy, Thank you so much for your comments.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

All good points, Pamela~!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Pamela, great tips on how to save. We gone to renting movies to save the money. And I love the pest control tips. I didn't know cucumber peel would keep ants away. Great job.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Audry, Thanks for the comment.

KKGals, I appreciate all of your comments.

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Great hub! I find frugal living FUN! There are a few things that I don't scrimp on,(my favorite perfume..though it's not THAT expensive...)but because I pinched pennies elsewhere,I can afford it.(Never bought a cup of Starbucks in my life and don't intend to!)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

bayoulady, I think I am a lot like you as I will scrimp in one area to get something I want. Thanks for your comment.

mazzastick 6 years ago

I keep a glass jar by the front door, this is where the loose change goes. I like your ideas for eliminating pests around your house. I will plant some garlic around my house this spring.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

mazzastick, I keep loose change also. I'm glad the hub was useful. Thanks for your comments.

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Jeff_McRitchie 6 years ago

There are some great tips in this article. As others have noted, the pest-fighting tips are fantastic.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jeff, I hope the pest fighting tips work well for you. Thank you so much for your comment.

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Troy C. 6 years ago from Norfolk, VA

Pamela99, Thans for the sound advice. I hope the basil tip wors for the flies.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Troy, I hope it does to because I plan to try it also. Thank you for your comments.

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MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

Baking soda is a great deodorizer and scourer. - yes, I agree, it is great for soaking dishes! I also enjoy writing Hubs on frugal spending. Thank you.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

MarloByDesign, I agree. Thanks so much for your comments.

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mepperly 5 years ago from Vancouver,WA

Love this article! Following you...

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

mepperly, Thank you so much for your comments and I'm glad to have you as a fan.

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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Great tips for saving money and much needed at this time. v/r

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, So true. Thanks for your comment.

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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Soon after the meltdown and the economic doldrums, these tips are very useful for those who are eager to save on the household expenses. Great tips Pamela99,. VOTED UP! RATED USEFUL!!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

mdlawyer, Thank you so much for your comments.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Looks like this has been awhile but still some great tips and i am sure people may need this one soon if not now. I saved just quarters a couple years back in a pretty vase I had bought until it got filled to the top and I knew I had to have several dollars but when I emptied it out it was over ninety dollars!

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Jackie, I save change in a vase also. It has been a while since I wrote this hub but I think it has some good information, so I decided to feature it briefly. Thanks for your comments.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thank you.

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