Ways to live Frugally and save money
Lifestyle and living
The American dream. Buy a house in a nice place, raise your children and be happy right?I am of the opinion that some of us have a daily struggle when it comes to making ends meet.You may even be a newbie when it comes to struggling. Maybe you lost your job or have some newly developed medical problems. It doesn't really matter what your story is everybody has one so just remember you not alone.
My husband and I have struggled everyday of our lives. Sometimes were better then other but sometimes it got pretty bad. I'm going to let you in on a few things that were have done over the years to save money. I will tell you that it takes time. You savings can be immediate depending on the time of year it is but you have to make the time to do it.
Making what little money you do have stretch to suit your needs is something else. You may have to change what you buy at the grocery store. Instead of buying top of the shelf most expensive items. Look on the bottom shelf at the cheapest items, look at the stuff on sale. Star making your food from scratch and stop eating out. You would be surprised how much money you will save just by not eating out even once a week! Those are just a few examples. I will go more into depth later. You may have to make a lot of changes to the way you are used to living.
Lower you electric bill
Lowering you electric bill may sound like a easy thing but it isn't. Into today's day and age our children are so wrapped up in technology that they don't see what's going on around them. If you have children, you can probably follow them around the house by the lights that are left on and the mess they leave in passing. My husband has actually taken light bulbs out of the lights when they are left on to get his point across about turning out the lights. When lights are left on and it's daytime outside my questions to you is why do you need it on?
At night when you go to sleep how many eclectic items are plugged in that are not being used? Are they plugged into power strips? Solution - turn everything off by the power strip when you go to bed. Do you have an air conditioner or central air? For my family we prefer the night air to the air conditioner but I will be the first to admit there are times the air conditioner is necessary, but not all the time. My daughter would differ with me and have it on 24/7 if we would let her. If you have air conditioning and can sleep without it do it. Open you windows and let in the fresh air! You mat have to argue and deal with the grumbling of you children for a bit but hey it's worth it to bring that bill down.
How much tv time do you and your kids have? I know my kids actually fought over the tv. Go out an buy some board games. You remember those don't you? Reconnect with you kids. Turn off the tv. Maybe even eliminate the cable bill. Keep the internet and landline phone if you want but get rid of cable. How much money will that save? If you really need to watch something on television they sell antennae's you can by or get Netflix or Hulu any of those are still cheaper the cable regardless of your provider.
Buying in Bulk
Buying in bulk will save you money in the long run. I'm not saying for you to go out and spend hundreds of dollars that you don't have on food. I'm saying when you go to the grocery store and you see that there is a sale on noodles 10 for $10.00 get them. Even if you only need 1 box of noodles but you have $9.00 to spare get them. That will give you 9 more boxes then you had yesterday. You can apply that to just about anything when you at the grocery store. We went to our local grocery the other day because we needed onions (the ones were growing aren't ready) and they were buy 1 get 1. Did we need to bags no but this is why I got them. One of these bags will be sliced and dried for later use. I can grind them up into a powder, rehydrate them, use them in soups or put them in my homemade MRE's.Use your imagination. When you start making you food from scratch 1st you know what's in it.You also control how much of something is in it.
If you decide to buy meat in bulk I highly recommend you invest in a pressure canner and can it. Even if you don't I highly recommend it. Canning is one of those things that will save you bukoo bucks.
Saving Money Canning
Walk with me and imagine if you will walking into you kitchen. You have more fresh produce then you thin you can handle sitting all over your kitchen. You have 20 pounds of tomatoes,10 pounds of peppers,12 pounds of raspberries,50 pounds of potatoes the list goes on and on. Sounds overwhelming doesn't it? Let's break it down into a two week period then. Week one you go to the local farmers markets and you buy 50 pounds of potatoes for $12.00 and 12 pounds of raspberries for $10.00 that's $22.00 right? Okay you take them home and start you prep work to can the potatoes and to make your jelly. Out of that 50 pound bag of potatoes you should get 20 quarts of canned potatoes. Out of the 12 pounds of raspberries you should get 15 half pints of jelly. Sound like a lot right? Know let's compare how much do you pay in the store for jelly? I'm not sure any more so you'll have to do the math. Even if jelly was $1.00 a jar you would still pay more at the grocery store then you making it at home. You can apply to anything you can to see how much money you save.
Saving more money Gardening
I gave you and example on how to save money canning by going to you local farmers market and by bulk produce. To save even more money grow your own produce. I understand some people live in places that this is not possible. For those your local farmers, farming co-ops and your local farmers markets are your best bet. For those who have the space and opportunity to grow there own food should really think about it. It's very rewarding and everyone can be involved. The money saving for us is a bonus. We enjoy knowing what is in our food. Knowing that we did it ourselves. from start to finish. The money saving value really shows it's head when you start your gardens from seed (if you can). You can order seed off of Amazon, Ebay or other internet seed providers. You can also go to any of your local stores and purchase seeds.
One final thing
There are a lot of things you can do to save money a lot of corners you can cut. You just have to change you mindset and do it. Don't look at as something sad and it get ahold of you and send you into a depression where everything looks bleak. Look at it as a challenge, a new way of living that will bring you closer to your family and maybe even your friends. Be happy and content with what you have and be thankful. Things could always be worse. I self taught myself how to do all of the things I told you about and much more. It took lots of research, lots of trial and error and lots of perseverance. Be self driven. See your goal then do it, I know you can. You feet hit the floor everyday if you can't be thankful for anything else be thankful in that. Everyday your feet hit the floor you have opportunity to make a change, You can do it. I did and still am.
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Prepping on the Poor side of Life
- Mixed Vegetables (canned)
You have the opportunity to use what ever veggies you want in your home canned mixed vegetables.