Saving money is VERY important to me. My daughter is getting expensive and my darling little boy grows like a weed, so we are always buying clothing. How does a single mom stay within budget raising two kids who do not understand that money doesn’t grow on trees? Here are ten ways to live frugally to stretch every dollar!
Ten Ways to Live Frugally
1. Use coupons! I cannot stress that enough! If you’ve been following us for a couple weeks, you have learned that I am a self professed coupon queen and take pride in saving A LOT of cash at the register.
2. Pair your coupons with rebates! It takes 6-8 weeks to get your rebates in the mail, but once they are rolling in, that’s steady grocery money to use weekly.
3. Utilize eBay! Purchase coupons, rebates, gift cards on eBay!
4. Mystery shop! I mean, if you’re going to that store anyway…why not make $15 buying something you were buying anyway.
5. Make our own baby food! This takes a little work, but it is so worth it! Those little jars of Gerber are about a buck each. I can spend ten dollars on produce and make enough baby food to last two weeks. Fourteen days times three meals a day at about a buck each…that amounts to $42 I would have spent on baby food alone! That’s an average of $32 savings every two weeks, or $64 a month! The little things add up!
6. Check out The Mrs tips on making laundry detergent and cleaners. These are much more economical and environmentally friendly than store bought cleaners. You know whats in them, so there’s much more confidence your family is safe!
7. Never pay retail for clothing! Ever! I use Kohl’s coupons to buy all the baby’s clothes and purchase most of mine and my daughter’s clothing at Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, when they are having a sale! We live in an area where people buy clothes, wear them once, then turn them into these stores. It is AMAZING what you can find! My closet is stocked at home with Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Lacoste, all because I shop at these places. No way I’d ever spend $100+ for a sweater or a pair of pants (not saying I never have, when I was younger and dumber, but not anymore!)
8. Gas in the car- what a money pit! Whenever possible I drive using cruise control, use my gas loyalty cards, and check my apps to see which has station has gas the cheapest when I need it.
9. Like The Mrs, I make sure all the lights are turned off in rooms we are not in, and turn the heat down or the AC up when we are not at home. In months where the temperatures are more neutral, these are turned off.
10. Tracking my savings. Savings must be tracked otherwise you’re spinning your wheels! Once you know how much cash you’re saving, it will only make you want to save more!
Check out The Mrs past post for how she and her husband save money!