Saving Tips For Busy Moms

Have you notice how much things cost lately. It seems like everything but amount of money you are paid at your job is going up. Here are some tips to help you stretch that dollar to make it go further.

  1. Save money by saving gas. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and that your oil has been changed recently. If you or your spouse can do that, you will also be saving more money as well. Luckily I am married to a man that can do this for me. He is really good about making sure that all the maintenance is done on our cars.
  2. Collect all of the change in jars, pockets, drawers and purses and put it to work. Bring the change to the bank where you have your savings account and deposit it. Think of the interest it will earn at a bank rather than in your underwear drawer.
  3. Use what you have before you buy more. If you have half-empty shampoo bottles, hotel- or sample-sized bottles, or partially-used tubes of lotion, make a point to use up what you have already. Combine bottles to make it go further. Also if you see offers for free samples grab them. Believe it or not but one year I did not have to pay for shampoo and conditioner because of those free samples.
  4. You’ve heard it before…switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Sure, they cost a little more to buy, but they last much longer and in the meantime use less energy. Buy them in multi-packs if you can and look to your local energy provider for rebates and other incentives.
  5. Use rechargeable batteries. I use them for my camera and I love them. Because let’s face it, cameras eat batteries like Cookie Monster eats cookies.
  6. Bottle your own water. Not only will you help save the planet by producing less waste, but you’ll save money too.
  7. While you’re at it, make your own coffee. No more Starbucks!!!

8. Hang your laundry outside.  Did you know that that if you hang three loads of laundry outside you save two hours of dryer time. That turns into savings on your electric bill.

9.Switch to an all-purpose cleaning solution. And only buying one bottle for all of your cleaning jobs, as opposed to many expensive bottles, will not only save money, but also time and cabinet space.

Hopefully these tips will help you save money and be frugal.

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