I’ve talked a lot about gardening and homesteading lately, but I didn’t do any of that today because it’s Monday, and I typically do chores inside the house. So, instead of gardening, this post is just a mish-mash of small things I do to save money.
1- Let’s start with something potentially gross, because why not. It’s bathroom time. Apparently I have the bladder of a squirrel. I don’t want to be flushing and using tons of water all the time, so I do the whole”if it’s yellow let it mellow” thing.
But wait… There’s more!
I take the papery junk-mail we get every week and wipe the pee with that (not the poo. I need something more substantial for poo)
But wait… There’s more!
A whole sheet is just too big for me to use. So, I cut the paper in half.
Some of you are thinking “is she for real?” And yes, I’m crazy, but I don’t mind, and the stuff is there, so I’ll use it just because. A lot of people don’t want to do this, and if you can afford to not, that’s fine I guess. I’m not perfect at all, but at least the planet is more ok with me.
I’ve done this junk mail things several times, but this time I was actually spurred into it because of the Coronavirus. Since tp is so scarce right now, and I have the bladder of a squirrel, I’m only using it for poo. I’m not going to use up all of our tp going pee all the time.
2- I divvy up my groceries. In this case, specifically pinto beans. An 8-lb bag is cheaper than 8 1-lb bags (also, dry beans are way cheaper than canned beans). So I got an 8-lb bag and divided it into 8 jars. Voi la! 1-lb containers of beans.
3- I rarely (like twice a year) use the clothes’ dryer. I hang all of our laundry out on the clothes’ line.
Clothes will still dry even when it’s really cold. I have found that when the humidity’s up, then they don’t dry so well.
Now, the clothes are a tad wrinkly when they dry like this. Since I’m a stay-at-home wife and my husband works at a steel plant in the dirt, I don’t iron. I don’t mind ironing the once or twice a year when we really need to be pressed. If we needed to be wrinkle-free more often, I might spin the clothes in the dryer for a few minutes to avoid ironing.
4- I reuse everything. At this moment, I’m drinking water from a marinara sauce jar that I washed, and I have a plastic zip bag of granola that’s been used and washed already (I even reuse the bags that I get from other people). Behind me, in the kitchen, I have a piece of foil waiting to be reused to cover something. I’ve even been known to iron out the packing paper from Amazon boxes to wrap presents.
5- This is super specific, but I made some banana pudding today, and instead of using vanilla wafers, I used homemade granola. I needed that crunch factor, but I already had granola and didn’t want to buy a whole box of cookies when I was only planning to use a few.
6- I use natural/free materials whenever I can. When I needed some stakes for my garden vines, I chopped down some of my neighbors bamboo. When I needed food for my rabbits, I get a bunch of grass from the lot down the street. These materials are free, so I’m not going to pay for something that’ll do the same thing.
The coolest thing happened when I was a kid. The pull-chain on the light in my room broke off. We didn’t go buy a new one, my dad used some twine and tied a sugar-free mint from my grandma’s house to make a new “chain.” All we needed was something to turn the light off and on, we didn’t really care what it looked like, and to a 12-year-old, that was awesome!
I’m sure there are far more things, but these are just what I thought of immediately, and maybe this will inspire something.