What do you do to save money?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
August 10, 2007 7:39am CST
I reuse things, make stuff out of discards, and forage for food. I also try to use electricity during night savings rate. We sometimes burn wood for fuel. So what do you do to save money?
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
10 Aug 07
we use candles instead of electricity, we visit the library to get movies and books, we play games outside such as soccer and baseball, we play indoor games like scrabble, in the winter we have a lot of home made soup with fresh bread (we have a bread maker that we got for free!!) we visit thrift stores, garage sales and the like, in the winter we put on extra clothes/blankets to keep warm rather than buumping up the heat. stuff like that.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Aug 07
I like some of your ideas...I love to bake bread so I need to get on the ball with it :) Can you freeze it? I've tried before just wrapping it in foil but it seems to get a freezerburn taste to it. We do put extra blankets on the bed in the winter. Homemade soup sounds good too...I like cheese broccoli soup and cabbage soup. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
10 Aug 07
Wow! You do lots of things. Sounds like lots of ways that you save. I love homemade soup. Great ways to cut down on electricity. Freezing bread is tricky. Usually frozen bread has two layers of wrapping. It also has to be completely cool before you wrap it.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Thank you...I'll try the double wrapping and see how it works out. AT PEACE WITHIN
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Aug 07
Mostly just try to cut back on waste. I try to be careful not to overuse things like too much laundry soap, dish soap, ect. I wish I knew more ways to save money. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I'm always wishing I new more ways, that's why I put out these posts. I usually get some new ideas every time. So keep checking back and reading this post and one like this one. Laundry soap is so concentrated that I use about 1/4 of what they claim. I read once that if you have soap suds still in the clothes at the beginning of the 2nd rinse cycle, then you have too much soap. It not only cuts down on the cost of soap, it cuts down on wear and tear of the washing machines and less soap going to waste stations, septic tanks or wherever yours goes.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Yes, I always cut back on laundry soap. I don't think I've ever had to use the amount they reccommend. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
12 Aug 07
We re-use things that can be re-used too. We use coupons and look for sales on foods that we normally buy. We bought a small freezer at a yard sale for $20 to be able to stock up on meat when they they have it on sale. We eat a lot of chicken and hamburger since they are cheapest. We buy the kids clothes exclusively from thrift stores and get some from freecycle, even their school uniforms. We asked my parents to keep an eye out for school uniforms whenever they go to thrift stores too since with two boys in school, we go through a lot of school uniforms what with the stains and the knees going out. We buy the kids used toys at the thrift store and yard sales. Sometimes they get a couple of new toys for Christmas and birthdays but generally most of their toys are used and they love them. We also buy their books used, oh and their videos for the VCR [hard to find a used DVD cheap!]. We don't have a lot of money to work with each month so we try to stretch it as much as possible to support a family of 5 people!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I was part of a family of 6 with my Dad working outdoor construction for most of my childhood. I also used to stay with my cousins when my Dad worked out of town and my Mom was in the hospital (family of 11). So we did a lot of the clothes, food, toys kinds of things that you listed there. Thank you for responding. I hope we all helped someone today.
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@Theresam (1181)
• United States
11 Aug 07
There are a lot of things we do to save money. I make sure we have a budget. There are some items that are fixed costs and things that we have more control of. 1. Food we eat well, but cheap. 2. Electricity... if you are not in the room no lights on. I also try to make sure we are using as much natural light as possible. A/C I try to keep high. 3. Misc spending I try to join a no spend challenge to keep me accoutable.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I'm not sure I understand # 3, could you explain more? Like what is a no spend challenge. Is it a club, competition, or something else? How does it work?
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
10 Aug 07
We try to not eat very much meat, buy things when they are on sale, use coupons, hang dry our clothes, etc.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
10 Aug 07
All good ideas. We were lucky growing up, there were parts of animals that the farmers wouldn't eat, so my family ate those parts and it cost us nothing. We also raised our own pigs on hardly any money. So when people say they don't eat much meat, I know it's because of store prices, but I always think back to that. Coupons can be a big savings if you buy that stuff anyway. I hang my stuff out to dry, too.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I live in an area that ou can pick your own fruits like blueberries, strawberries and peaches annd apples. so I pick them and freeze. I tried to dehidrate some last year but they got too hare. I have dried some of the cherry yomatoes by just leavkiing them set and shaking the up every once in a while.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Wonderful, I have done the go and pick your own fruit for strawberries. But I don't know if we have blueberries. We're too far North for blueberries. The apple orchard for that is pretty far away. But it's a great idea. You're farther south than me, we can't grow peaches. Ýou're so lucky. I love peaches.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Wonderful, I have done the go and pick your own fruit for strawberries. But I don't know if we have blueberries. . The apple orchard for that is pretty far away. But it's a great idea. You're farther south than me, we can't grow peaches. Ýou're so lucky. I love peaches.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I tried to cancel the first one, but I was too late. Blueberries do grow up here. The second one is rt, first one I wrote is wrong. Sorry, tired and not well.
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@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
14 Aug 07
i feasting, only eating at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and have no breakfast.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Feast-to have a huge amount of food like at Christmas, Thanksgiving, end of Romidon, Hanukah, Potlatch, Tribute to the God/dess(es), etc. Fast-to have no food or very little food. So you are fasting. Unless you have a huge amount of food at 2. Fasting once in awhile for religious purposes, might be OK, it depends on your general health, but it's not good for long term. Do some research on medical websites. Be careful. Please look at some of the other ideas here, maybe you can have save enough money to have more food. Also, maybe someone near you knows how to find food where you live and can help you learn, too.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Aug 07
By the way, the word, "fast" never made sense to me either. I find not eating makes time go s-l-o-w-l-y. Smile
• Hong Kong
11 Aug 07
Saving money is really a big art I have been learning in my life so far. I have been cutting down on going out, having dinner outside and most of the expensive entertainment I was having awhile back. I would save by buying in bulk on the grocery items when they are on discount (this save a lot of money). And I would see if there is any coupons or offers which I could use to have a cheaper price. But I would say, saving is quite tiring and you really need to keep your spirit up most of the time.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I bet most people don't realize that (instead of real, that's how the above should read, sorry).
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Aug 07
We reuse our ziplog bags, make our own food rather than buy processed, keep the lights off on the rooms we are not in. We do not live out in the country so cannot hunt and forage for our food, but we do have an apple tree out in our backyard and I make apple sauce. The apples do not make good pie apples, sorry, they are way too juicy. Oh and I have some raspberries, I freeze them. I wish I had a blueberry bush, but I do not, because I love blueberries.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I wish we had blueberries, too. We don't get very many strawberries (enough for a taste) or raspberries (handful every other day), but we do get a good crop of blackberries. Apple trees are great! If they aren't sour apples, then they don't make pies. Our wild apples are sour, but the deer eat them! So our regular apples are apples sauce sweet ones, too. Take care
• United States
7 Jan 16
Recycling and reusing is great for the environment!