Ways to Save Your Family Money…
We all know that couponing and pairing coupons with sales is a great way to save your family money.
But, today, I want to talk about some other – lesser known – ways to help you save.
1) Gardening – First off, I will tell you I don’t have a green thumb – at all :(. I wish I did. But, I don’t let that stop me. I currently have small tomato plants in my back yard that are still thriving! Growing your own fruits and veggies is a great way to save money, relieve stress and know exactly what is going into your family’s meals.
What kind of fruits and veggies do you grow for your family? (What does it mean when you get small black spots on your tomato leaves?)
2) Learn to knit, quilt or crochet – I have recently decided that I would like to learn to crochet. I have beautiful blankets from my Grandmother and Great Aunts that will be cherished for a long time. Not only can you make beautiful hats, blankets and more, you can turn your talents into money by selling these at bazaars, arts and craft shows and more!
I plan on starting off making baby blankets to donate to our local pregnancy center.
3) Canning – Can your own jams, jellies and preserves! I love to eat jams and to bake with them. However, I have never canned my own. I can see where this would save a lot of money.
4.) Switch Bank Accounts – Many times a NEW Bank will offer you incentives such as Free Money and lower fees.
5.) Switch From Cable – To Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, Pandora, and more. If you have “smart TV”, these services are built in. Plus, nearly any digital device that connects to your set such as a gaming console, Blu-ray player, DVR, or a laptop will give you access to the most popular streaming video services.
7.) Sign Up For Emails – We have saved a ton of money at restaurants and retails stores. Many times you will get great discounts and freebies that won’t be available to the general public.
8.) DIY (Do It Yourself) – There are many great blogs out there that specialize in showing you how to make your own gifts, projects around the house, etc…You can see some of the ones we have featured here.
9.) The 30 Day Rule – Instead of buying on impulse, wait 30 days. Why? This gives you time to see if something is really a want or a need. And, if it is a want will give you extra time to save and also be certain that you will use it.
10.) Clean out your closet – Then sell your stuff on ebay, garage sale, etc… Use the extra money to go towards new clothing. Not sure how to run a garage sale? Check out our ideas here.
11.) Buy at Thrift Stores – We absolutely love shopping at Thrift stores. Find one in your area that is in a more upscale area and score ‘Like New’ brand name clothing for next to nothing. I have certain criteria for thrift stores – see them here.
Do you can your own foods? What kinds of things do you can? How much do you feel it saves your family?
These are just a few ideas to help spark your mind on how you can save your family even more money.
What are some other things that you family does that aren’t mentioned here?