Household Tips For The Unemployed

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Living the Frugal Life

Living the frugal life is not difficult if you are willing to change your habits and plan your life. With the economy in difficulties and more people losing their jobs every day, it is more important than ever that you find a way to manage the resources you already have at your disposal. There are several ways to cut corners and make your pennies go a little further.

You can save money on dry cleaning by doing your dry cleaning at home. There are dry cleaning kits available. You can throw the clothing into the dryer and remove when done. Make sure you do not leave your clothes sitting or they will wrinkle.

You can get some really good buys at the dollar store. If you shop around for the right dollar store you can do even better. Our dollar store sells vegetables, fruit, eggs, and can goods. You have to be careful about the canned goods because they might be cheaper in the grocery store. If you do your research you can get some really good buys and no one will be the wiser.


Analyze Your Life Style

The first thing you need to do is take a really good look at your lifestyle. Do you drive everywhere? Consider public transportation. Do you drive across town for one errand and return home before driving across town for another errand? If your gasoline costs are really high there is a way to bring this down and do your part to save the environment at the same time. What about transportation back and forth to work? Is this an area where you could make changes?

Take a really good look at your lifestyle and see if you can discover more ways to save money and live green. Walk instead of drive if your destination is just down the street. You may discover that doing something different will provide value to your life.

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Make Lists and Consider Public Transportation

When you are running errands you can save money on gas by making a list. Make several stops along the way and make your last stop close to home. For those who are still employed take the time to check with your employer to see if they offer benefits such as employee paid rail or bus transportation. The last company where I worked paid for all my public transportation to and from work. I saved more than $200 per month with this employee benefit. It was like getting a raise!

Creative Commons image family shopping together.
Creative Commons image family shopping together. | Source

Grocery Shopping and Eating Out

You can save money on your grocery shopping by eating at home and buying in bulk. If you can invest in a freezer it will be well worth the added expense because you are able to buy meat in large quantities when you find a bargain. Just freeze family size portions, label, and date and you will soon be saving a lot of money. There will be something to fall back on when you find yourself short for a week or so.

Home Canning can be fun as well as healthy. Supplies can be purchased from any large department store such as Walmart or Target.
Home Canning can be fun as well as healthy. Supplies can be purchased from any large department store such as Walmart or Target. | Source

Learn To Home Can and Freeze Foods

Learn how to make jams and jellies and process using a water bath canner. Home canning is safe with a water bath canner for fruits. Use proper canning jars and lids that have been sterilized. You should be able to purchase a water bath canner for around $15-$20. Fill the canner with water and heat till almost boiling. Place your jars in the rack and lower into the water until at least an inch of water covers the top. Allow the jars to process 5-10 minutes at a full rolling boil and turn off the heat. Remove the jars from the canner and allow to cool for 24 hours before storing in the pantry. Remember to can tomatoes in a pressure canner as well as vegetables and meats. This is a great way to put away fruit preserves, jellies, and jams for the winter. Watch for sales and buy enough to put away.

Most vegetables can be purchased fresh and frozen. Just blanch for 1 minute in boiling water, drain and place in freezer containers or plastic zipper bags, squeeze out the air, label, date, and freeze.

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Learn to Shop Online Safely

Shopping has never been easier if you do online window shopping before you buy. Rather than running from store to store using gas and time searching for the right item do some online research before you buy. If you are not interested on buying online
you can research your purchase online and narrow the search to one or two stores before you go out to buy. Online shopping is safe if you use safe practices. Shop at well known department stores such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Horchow, Pier 1, and many other well known stores. You can also purchase using Pay Pal so you never have to be concerned about having your information stolen from you. When shopping online look for sites that offer free shipping. is a great place to shop and their shipping is always reasonable. They have special offers of free shipping occasionally if you keep track of them.

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by frankiesoup! We can make a difference with only a few changes.

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frankiesoup 6 years ago from Suffolk, England

Really nice article :) I'm trying to make my life healthier at the moment - both for my family and the environment and I feel enriched by the experience rather than poorer for not having as many new things. It's nice to see there are still some tips I hadn't discovered though!

Nita 7 years ago

Excellent article on Frugal Living and Living Green! I wish I had your dollar store near me!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Excellent resource. Thanks!

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Some really good tips. To save some money check the cheapest gas around our zip code by checking :D

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Lgali 7 years ago

nice ideas

You can get some really good buys at the dollar store

good hub

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