What have you done differently or want to do differently that would be practical

@writersedge (22579)
United States
November 12, 2008 8:26pm CST
and save you money? I'm thinking about trying to find ways to make or get what I need without buying any more than I have to. Right now, I have a big piece of white cotton. I have white thread. I need underwear. I don't have elastic for underwear, but I think I could buy a lot of elastic and make lots of underpants. I could be wrong. It might be cheaper to buy them at the dollar store. But maybe I can buy some elastic at the dollar store. The great thing is that as long as my sowing holds up, it won't matter what it looks like unless I have to go to the hospital in an emergency. So what have you done most recently or thought about doing that would be practical and save you money?
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• United States
13 Nov 08
I need some heavy curtains for my windows and plan on making them instead of buying them. Just by taking some lightweight cloth and adding a back of flannel to it will do the trick. I have plenty of material stashed away that was given to me so it won't cost me a penny.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Terrific! That's a great idea. Thanks and take care.
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• United States
25 Nov 08
Thanks for the best response. I have yet to get those curtains done. Lately I have been busy working on an afghan for my sister. It is nearly completed. Once that is done I have to start on the gifts for my grandkids.
@taface412 (3179)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Now I only but things I absolutely have to have...as in essentials. I do not shop in retail stores anymore and I always try to find stuff second hand before I have to go into a regular retail store. I take leftovers to work for my lunches. I bag my own chips at home and bring my own cokes to drink. Stuff like that. Once all my debt is cleared I know I will keep up most of this stuff, but it will be nice to know if I get the urge to treat myself to something I can. In the past I did anyways and it got me into debt that has taken over seven years to clear off. I learned my lesson and do not plan to ever repeat it again....debtors prison LOL
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Excellent! I hope many people learn from your response. Take care and you go!
@ElicBxn (59618)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Well, I make xmas gifts to save $$, but I do that almost every year!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
That's good! We just started doing that because in years past, my brothers needed food or clothes and we bought them food or clothes. Take care.
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@ElicBxn (59618)
• United States
13 Nov 08
My brother is the toughest to make stuff for, what do you make for a guy? This year he's getting a cloth bag to take with him shopping... oh, and a hot pad, just like the gals!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
In my family, the guys always need socks, mittens, and hats. As well as t-shirts, they wear out clothes all the time. If you put a masculine picture on the hot pad, why not? My husband would like one with a tractor on it.
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• Malaysia
13 Nov 08
I live with my husband only. We don't have kids. So I guess there is not much money to be spent by the two of us. However, even though it is just the two of us, our expenses are a lot. We have to pay for the electricity, water, internet, house rentals. Because of that, we only have several hundreds left for us to spend on food and gas and other stuffs. It is very difficult for us, but I tried very hard to minimize our expenses. My husband goes to work by motorcycle, so this saves a lot of petrol if compared to driving a car. Even though I drive a car to my workplace, the office is very near and it costs me very little for the petrol. Other than that, I try to cook our meals every time. We avoid buying ready cooked food from outside because this is very expensive. And all of our groceries things we buy from the hypermarket such as Tesco, Giant and Jusco. I know how to sew our basic traditional dress, the 'baju kurung'. So I try to sew my own clothes so that I can save the money on other more important things. I also sew my own curtains. In fact, I am planning to sew my own cushion cover if I have extra money and time in the near future. We also eat our food until it is finished. Leftovers are kept in the fridge and will be reheated and we will eat them until they are finished. We save a lot on that. And we try to prepare everything from home, such as when we feel like eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, I take out my own chicken from the fridge and fry it using the one dollar kentucky flour. The taste is delicious, and my husband says it is more delicious than KFC because we eat it steaming hot straight from the pan.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
You're doing a lot to save money. Kentucky flour, don't think I've ever had. But fried chicken is best when just made. We live 25 miles from work. We have rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and sub-zero weather here, so mostly go by car. Wish I could get my husband to eat leftovers. What I do is freeze them and then have them again. He doesn't know they're leftovers that way and it's like TV dinners. Lots of great ideas here, wish we had kentucky flour. Thanks and take care.
• Malaysia
13 Nov 08
Where are you from? I can post you a box of Kentucky Flour. Maybe you can even make money with this. You see, here one box of Kentucky flour costs only one dollar and you can resell it to your neighbors with double the price. The taste is delicious and if you know the right method, the taste will be quite the same like the real KFC. This is a business opportunity for you, and I am doing this just to help you. Here we can get very cheap Kentucky Flour. Please send me a message and leave your home address if you want me to post you the Kentucky Flour.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I live in the USA. I think shipping and handling would be more than double that. Plus at that distance, you have to worry about all kinds of things getting into it between here and there. If Kentucky flour is made in Kentucky, USA, there must be a way to get it closer than Malasia. If it was something that was from where you live and didn't cost much to ship, that would be different. But maybe there is another Kentucky or some place just calls it that. Who knows. Take care.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
17 Jan 09
One practical suggestion is to stop buying paper towels. You can always launder hand towels along with other laundry and save. When possible, it sometimes makes sense to buy in quantity and divide it up when you get home. And I buy powdered laundry detergent, rather than paying for water in the liquid containers.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Yes, I did an entire topic on paper towels versus clothes to clean with. I also use way less detergent now that I lowered it and lowered it until there was no suds at the end of the first rinse. I use hardly any detergent now. The stuff is so concentrated now a days that a person can use way less. Thanks and take care.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I wouldn't have thought to ever try to make underwear! That is very creative of you! The main thing I've done to save money is shop for all produce at farmers' markets. We have quite a few of those down here that are held on the weekend days, usually just Saturdays. I pay about 1/3 to 1/2 the price of produce there that I do at our grocery stores. It's been a pretty big savings. Also, we now eat ALL leftovers. My husband is not a leftover eater, so that means that I eat the leftovers. I'll cook him a piece of fresh meat each day that we eat at home and I just eat what was left from the day before. Occasionally, he'll eat the side dishes from the day before with his piece of chicken or pork chop or whatever. Also, I try to not go out in the car at all 1 or 2 days a week so I can save gas. And I wait until the tank is below 1/4 before I fill up with gas. I stretch it out as long as possible.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I saw a pair of underwear at etsy.com. It was cute, it was pink with ILV and a heart on it. I read that it was a t-shirt. Then I found my white cotton cloth, that's how I thought of it. I'm trying to use my car only one or two days a week besides Saturday or Sunday (the days I work at PetSmart). Usually for interviews or whatever work I can apply for. My husband ate leftovers for a little while. Now he won't eat them again. Fine, I'll freeze them and have them next week when he won't know they were leftover. More than one way to outsmart a hubbie!Thanks and take care
@peavey (14944)
• United States
14 Nov 08
Just a thought... does some of your old underwear have good enough elastic to use on your homemade underwear? You might save a little there. I save elastic from anything I cut up or throw out, along with buttons, zippers, etc.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I don't think very many have good anything left by the time I retire them to the rag bag. They're good for cleaning my eyeglasses and computer screen. One or two might be alright, so I'll check before I take them apart. I wear most of my clothes (except dresses) until they're rags.Thanks Peavey, take care.
@carolbee (16244)
• United States
13 Nov 08
What a good idea if you are handy with elastic. Would save you some money to make your own undies. I can't be practical and save money when it comes to making things for myself. Am so unhandy and hate to sew. Just don't have the talent. The patience I do have but not the smarts. What I can do and did this morning was buy a set of cooking items in a package of 3 all for a total of $5.00. What I need to do and intend to do is toss my old stuff, make room in my cabinets and cook more often. I don't cook and need to quit eating out every night. It would save us alot of money each week. That's my goal for 2009, 2010 or 2011. As you can see, I am in no hurry....lol
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Nov 08
Well, I'm bound and determined to get handy with elastic. The great thing is that some kinds of elastic have patterns or pinholes so I can at least try to be even when I sew. I will have to refresh my memory. The trouble is, I did lots of things as a kid and a teen. Some so-so, some not so well, and some pretty well. Then I went to college and never had time for anything. Then got out of college and didn't have money. Then finally got money but didn't have time. So it's been decades. Thank goodness for the internet! Lots of memory refreshers on here and tutorials. I have time and when I did have money this last time, I stock piled a bunch of stuff for when I had time and no money. So I have time for the stock pile now. Thanks for the encouragment. I think you'll learn to like cooking for yourself. Take care
@Marie5656 (336)
• United States
13 Nov 08
A practical thing I do, which is also a part of green living and reusing thing, not wasting, is I have a supply of the canvas shopping bags that many stores here have sold for 99 cents. I bring them shopping, and use them to cary my groceries. I also have found several other uses for them. I feel it may save money in the long run as if the stores spend less on plastic bags, it may trickle down and save me in the long run.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Here, some of the stores take 5 cents off your total if you use canvas bags. So three bags a week times 5 cents times 52 weeks (you could put your own numbers in there) would really count up. Thanks and take care.
@cutepenguin (6460)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
I'm making more of our Christmas gifts. A lot of what we have done to save money has been to go without, as opposed to making other things.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I've gone without a lot of things, but underwear and food won't be on the list, might substitute different underwear or food, still I still want to have them. Good for you making those Christmas gifts. Thanks and take care.
13 Nov 08
Hi, friend. I want to go to work by bike, it's only about 15 minutes' ride by bike. Though public transport costs me just a little money, I hate waiting for the bus. Moreover, buses are usually crowded. Considering high theft rate, I give up the idea at last.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I live 25 miles from my work, that's a long trip by bike. Glad you are close enough that you can bike there. Bus here, most of the time, seats 20 and only 3 to 5 people on it. Theft is seldome a problem. Most of us on the bus are poor. Sounds like you are doing what is best for your area and I'm trying to do what is best for mine.
@dodoazo (4802)
• Philippines
10 Nov 15
Cutting unimportant expenses but rather keep some of the money for rainy seasons.