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Part 3 - Savings Finale!

Hi again!

Welcome to the third and final segment of our cost savings journey.

I was going to discuss just the “what we plan to do in the future” but have recently decided that there isn’t much more on the horizon in the near future. There are a few items I will point out but have decided to also include some other savings items. These will be items that I realized I forgot to mention in the first two parts, and may be just the trick you need for you and your home.

As a recap:

In part one, we discussed items that we have been doing (for a while now) that have saved us a ton of money:

  • Kitchen Clothes

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Nix Out-To-Eat trips (mostly)

  • Limit Trips to Stores

  • Pre-ordering groceries

  • Free Electricity

  • Gardening

  • Exercise for Free

In part two, I listed out the items that we have been trying out to see how effective they are and/or how much we are saving:

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dish soap

  • Hair Care

  • Make-up

  • Mani/Pedi’s

  • Phones

  • Joneses

So – now for part three, and this should be brief (hahaha… me, brief? Hahaha). These are in no particular order, but here we go:

First, some things we want to try in the future:

  • Hand washing clothes

~ The utility cost and cost of water alone should be enough for us to have already tried this, but it really is time consuming – and if you read part one, you will know that I firmly believe Time=Money. We will try this, but currently, this just isn’t practical considering the time involved.

  • Hanging clothes out to dry

~ Absolutely not a new concept. This is actually one that we used to do, got away from, but will again. Using a dryer to dry your clothes is a HUGE money eater. Any item that has to “heat up” will eat more energy than items that do not. If you have the space, and the weather is nice – why not?

~ If, you are dead set on using your dryer… one thing that can save you some money is to use it on “low heat”. You would be surprised that this lower heat is just as effective.

> Bonus money saver – your clothes don’t shrink!

  • Buy in Bulk

~ You would think that we already do this. We do, but not on a large scale. We simply don’t have the space. In the future though, we will and plan to buy as much as we can in bulk.

> This is only useful if:

· You have the space

· You plan to use the items before they go bad

· You have the extra funds to invest in bulk ordering

> Keep in mind that not all bulk items are actually cheaper though. Make sure you figure the price per each/lb/oz/etc. Sometimes, the smaller containers are actually better.

  • Cut Cable

~ I’m sure you all have seen the commercials to “cut cable” … but that is to convince you to more to satellite TV. We plan to actually cut it out completely. Our antenna gets us our local news, so the only reason we haven’t cut cable yet is because of our kids. Once Jeff and I have our own place, we will be perfectly fine with our YouTube and antenna broadcasts. We do have streaming services as well, but haven’t decided yet if we are willing to give them up or not.

  • Make-up Homemade

~ I mentioned in the last segment that I was considering making my own make-up.

~ Though I don’t really wear much anymore, there are times that I do. For those times, I am looking at ways to make my own. This doesn’t seem to be to out of my realm since I already make soap and have many of the colorants used for both soapmaking and makeup. This is going to be fun!

So, that's really it... not much on the future endeavors, but we are happy to hear any of your thoughts and ideas that we may not have thought of.

Second – More ideas

I know I have thrown at you in the last few blog posts, but a few of you have reached out to me with more suggestions, some that are listed right above; However, some of the ideas we already do and forgot to mention previously, or realized there are some things that we have been doing for so long that we forgot they were even savings!

  • Buy Fruits & Veggies in season

~ I know, this doesn’t normally cross many minds, but this is a huge factor in your grocery bill. If you don’t grow your own, then make sure you keep up with what is in season and when (Google search it).

~ Also, near the end of the season, many of these items will go on sale – BUY IT ALL if you can. You can freeze, can, and store most of these, and then you will be able to enjoy those sweet strawberries year round!

  • De-Clutter