Five Ways I Have Learned To Save Money
Most of us want to be able to save money and not feel like we are wasting it. So here are a few ways I have learned recently after quitting my job to be a stay at home mom due to rising childcare costs.
As a child, I was taught to fill up the left side of the sink with hot soapy water and the right side with hot clean water. The drying rack was on the far right. So it was a left to right process. But to get the hot soapy water, we would squirt the dish soap in the water. It was very wasteful and the dish soap would only last a couple of weeks as dishes were done nightly. Recently I have learned a new way and it’s a little cheaper. I saved a butter container (a bigger one) and fill it half full of water then add a squirt of dish soap like I use to use in the sink and a quarter cup laundry detergent. The powder kind. Then I wash the dishes when I need to with the sponge. Make sure to rinse off all soap. The container of water lasts about 4 days. The good dish soap is about four bucks and I still have half a container. It has lasted over a month. Also, it has not affected my laundry or laundry soap usage. Meaning it still last a long time too.
Use meats in as many meals as possible.
This has become a challenge because meat and food, in general, has become super expensive. Unfortunately, the cost of living has gone up but the amount of everyone’s’ check has not. Anyway, one way I have started fighting this is by re-using my meats. If I start the week with chicken I can have the first day as boiled, fried or baked with rice and mole, and/or some kind of veggie. I seem to be the only one who eats the veggies and have been making smoothies out of them so they don’t go bad for breakfasts.
The next day I can finish taking the meat off the bones and mix it together with some potatoes and veggies if desired. If there is still a lot of chicken then I only use half of it for this and refrigerate the rest. On the following day, I can take the refrigerated chicken and make a soup. The fourth day you want to make sure all the chicken is used in order to avoid any kind of food poisoning.
So what I do is take the remainder of the chicken and the frying pan mix and stuff it inside some corn tortillas for a delicious taco. I know this might sound a little extreme and some are probably saying we are asking for food poisoning. I learned this trick from my mother in law and we have not had food poisoning. But the chicken does need to be cooked well every day. We don’t use it past day four and that it only if it’s still good. So check it first. For some delicious recipes of this click here. And remember any meat you prefer will work just fine.
Make hot sauce and a meal
My family eats a lot of hot sauce. One of our favorite hot sauces is made out of tomatillos. The green one. It also makes a really tasty meal. So what I have started doing is when I make the sauce I make a little extra to add to the meat of that week. For a recipe of the sauce click here. It is toward the end of recipes!
Use less electricity
Ok. These next two will sound like a no-brainer but I assure you sometimes we do it unthinkingly. Leave all the lights on. Well, let’s turn them off and save some funds on our electricity bill. The main reason this one comes to mind is that winter is coming up and soon we will have to start using the heater. As I looked around my house I realized it was sunny outside and we had every single light inside turned on. What a waste. Also since I quit my job and don’t have money coming in yet from my other job, I think this will help. So it’s best to save what we have as to not make our spouses have a hard time paying stuff.
Eat whats in your cupboard
Many of us here in America have gotten (or always been spoiled). Probably not always been. I’m sure they were not spoiled during the great depression and yet they seemed happier than we are here nowadays. We get a craving for something, so we go buy it. We go grocery shopping with our budget in mind then change our minds in the middle of the week and forget about our budgets.
Then if we bought fresh fruit and veggies (with our diet in mind) they sit in the fridge and go bad or spoil. Almost always we throw them out, say we will do better and go through this whole scenario again next week. Famous excuses are: “I work, I should be able to eat what I want when I want”. Or “Once in a while doesn’t hurt”. The thing is a lot of our once in a while, is every or every other week. While food sits in our cupboards or spoils in our fridges, millions of people in America and all over the world are starving.
Tell us something we don’t know!
A common phrase is “That’s not my fault” or “I donated” and “Why should I donate, they don’t feed people here where it’s needed. If only that were true. How about, “When are these churchy people going to step up and help out people in our own country. Guess what? They already are. But don’t expect the media to report it. Many churches not only donate to worthy mission causes in this area but some even take it to them and go down to the hard to reach places or the dangerous areas. Places many of us wouldn’t go due to our own fears or judgments.
Another thing often said, “I never hear about it”. Of course not. Why would the media brag on something good happening in the world? No money in that. So the next time you’re thinking how you could save some money. Maybe this will give you some ideas. And if you are not trying to save money, maybe you could help someone else in need today. We have lots of single parents today struggling to make it or lots of homeless to visit who could use a helping hand. Find out their story. Maybe they are there of their own making or maybe they are there due to the economy. Find out if you could go to some of these places that need help. There are a lot of ways to help. If we are not saving maybe we could be giving. And lot’s of ways to save money. We can do it!