Learning to be Cheapskates Update #1

Well….when it rains it pours! Just when my maternity leave runs out and we officially become a one income household (and a *mostly* stay at home mom becomes my career title) we have had some fairly significant expenses come up! Rather then go into detail about that, I thought I would share some of the little things that have helped cut some costs….

1. We cancelled (well as soon as we can take the dang box back…they sure don’t make it easy!) our cable and home phone. With Netflix we never really “needed” the TV anyways.

2. We took one of the cars (that wasn’t running well) back to the place we bought it from and got a refund…we are now a one car family…. This has been challenging, more for my husband who has been biking/bussing/skateboarding to work and back, as if he takes the car I have no way to transport the kids.

3. I reduced our groceries bills in half…mostly by only going every other week instead of every week and still not spending more to make up the difference, we have had to go into the pantry a lot more and eat what we can find…also all those box foods that say to add butter….you don’t really need butter…..or the full amount of milk… Ironically buying produce from a local farmer has actually helped too…the prices are not a lot higher then the store and with smaller bags of things like spinach and sweet potato, we actually get to eating it all and have a lot less waste.

4. About waste….did you know that if you REALLY want to use up all the toothpaste in the tube….theres probably at least a weeks worth left after we previously would have deemed it empty….squeeze harder….cut the end off…theres still some hiding! Also watering down shampoos, bodywashes, not only help them last longer, but also makes them easier on the kids sensitive skin. Have also made rags out of some old T-shirts and by using them instead of paper towel or cleaning cloths….have already seen the papertowel last a lot longer!

5. I have sold $50 worth of maternity clothes on a local bidding site….and bought R’s adorable Easter dress of f the same site for $2.

6. Thanks to the great weather this week have been able to hang laundry instead of use the dryer  as much…which when I do at least 10 loads a week (between clothes, cloth diapers, cloths and towels…we produce a lot of dirty clothes!)…having only used the dryer half the time if nothing else is at least better for our ecological footprint as a family!

Will keep posting things as I think of them and make more adjustments, but I thought I need to start somewhere!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat
    Apr 09, 2015 @ 19:17:10

    Super awesome Katie! I’ve pinched my pennies for the last 2 years being a single mom. It sure helps a lot and it’s true that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Going through storage and selling helps put some dollar back in your pocket! I can’t wait to read more!


  2. Hayley
    Apr 11, 2015 @ 19:10:56

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve had some unexpected expenses come up, Katie. I love this article though! Those are some great tips, keep them coming!


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