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Tip for beginners wanting to live more frugally? (FrugalChat #18)

Frugal Chat #18

***— Frugal Lifestyle —***

What are some frugal tips for beginners to get started when wanting to live a more simple and frugal lifestyle?

  •  Make good use of what you have on hand (such as reusing grocery bags for garbage bags or a million other things, use empty margarine tubs as storage containers, etc.)
  • Think about a big purchase, even sleep on it
  • Stock up on things that are on sale
  • Buy in bulk and then separate when you get home
  • Make a plan. Can be anything from a menu to plotting out a garden.
  • Budget/tracking where you’re spending money
  • Think really hard about a WANT and a NEED

I hope you enjoyed this list and please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below and I would be more than happy to add them to the list 🙂

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Name something you do that would be considered “extreme cheapskate” (FrugalChat #17)

Frugal Chat #17

***— What is at least one thing you do that would be considered “extreme cheapskate”? —***

For us:

  • I use rags as toilet paper (it saves us a bunch because I use the bathroom quite a bit during the day and the rags are only for #1. (and i don’t use them when it’s that time of the month either)
  • We water laundry soap and fabric softener down, as well as soaps and shampoos.
  • Cut the toothpaste container to make sure we get every drop
  • Save the bags that the cereal comes in, they are great for storing items in the fridge and freezer.
  • Wash and reuse bread bags, milk bags, and ziplock bags
  • and so much more

I hope you enjoyed this list and please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below and I would be more than happy to add them to the list 🙂

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Over 85 Money Saving Tips

I have put together a list of over 85 money saving tips that are really great ways that you can be frugal in your life. I like Simple & Frugal and that is exactly what this post is going to teach you =)

Simple & easy tips and tricks to cut that budget down, but by how much?? Only you know the answer to that. Depends on how much work and effort you put into it. If you enjoy being frugal and get a real sense of satisfaction when you are finding ways to save on costs, then you will keep up with it and find even more ways to save!!

Cheers to frugal-ism!!!

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Tip #1. Shop the Clearance Bins. <— She makes some really great points! The clearance bin is our first stop at the stores.

Tip #2. 12 ways to Get Cheap or Free Cloth Diapers <—- These tips are HUGE money savers and I totally wish I did this when my son was a baby.

Tip #3. 13 Cheap Datenight Ideas <—– You don’t have to compromise time alone with your partner (if your lucky to get that time alone hehe). Check out these fun tips

Tip #4. 8 Money Saving Tips For The Budget Conscious Family <—– She has the right idea! Seriously some great ways to save

Tip #5. 7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Groceries <—– Groceries are a great place to start on saving money!!

Tip #6. 5 Habits of Frugal People <—- I must admit that i do all 5 of these lol

Tip #7. 11 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON ELECTRICITY <— Another major expense, well in this house anyways lol

Tip #8. 10 Ways to Reuse Christmas Wrap <—– A must read. We could all learn a little something from these tips

Tip #9. TOP 5 WAYS TO SAVE $100 A YEAR <—- Just do it 🙂 we did and do not miss it one bit!!!!

Tip #10. MEAL PLANNING MADE EASY <— Now I know first hand that meal planning saves you Time and Money 🙂

Tip #11. Money Saving Monday – tips at home <—— 

Tip #12. 12 Awesome Uses for Your Old Egg Cartons <—– We all have them, why not re use them?

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Frugal Fun for kids

Here is Some frugal fun!
All you Need is:

  • A dish
  • some flour
  • A little car

 

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My son had so much fun, it didn’t cost me anything (already had the flour) and he just needed a little supervision. This is safe and easy to pick up!

Comments are welcomed!

Holly & Jay

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Earth Day – What does it mean to you? #EarthDay

We love Earth Day! 2015

Why?

Because it gives us the opportunity to educate our son about respecting our environment and keeping it healthy. It also gives us the opportunity to get involved. After all, we must lead by example!

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April 22nd 2015 is Earth Day and to celebrate it we like doing something good for the Earth.  Below we’ve listed a few ideas to help get others involved.

  • Turn off breaker
  • Pick up trash
  • Plant trees
  • Collect recyclable materials
  • Plant a garden
  • Make a diorama using pieces of twigs, grass, moss and rocks (if available)
  • Collect leaves for crafts (if available)
  • Take an outdoor adventure to teach the kids about nature and it’s Eco systems
  • Inspire others

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We hope that these ideas are helpful and that you’ll do your part to keep our planet healthy and clean.

For more information about Earth Day please visit the Earth Day website.

SIGN THE FLAG On Earth Day!!!!!

“Signatures will be collected in person (at community events, schools, specific sites) and electronically through our website over 5 months, from Earth Day, April 22, to September 22, 2015. These signatures will be placed or printed on pieces of cloth that will be sewn together to create a mosaic flag.”

Sign it here on April 22nd –> Earth Day website

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Earth Day 2014
Growing up we loved being outdoors and living where there were sand pits and spruce trees galore, made us love nature even more! We enjoy all the beauty this Earth beholds and it’s sad knowing that the human race is killing it with all the pollution. Take the crazy weather we’ve had in the last few years or the warning  from the worlds scientists (722) about how much more drastic it’ll become! With this thought constantly in the back of my mind, I try to do what I can to help the environment and pass along the importance of doing so to my son and the people around me. 

 In case you weren’t aware April 22nd is Earth Day. This day always brings memories of being back in school when the classes got together to pick garbage and debris up around the school and in the community. While this is a great activity for this day in particular, it’s also something that can be incorporated into our daily lives.

Since it’s Earth Day I’ve decided to come up with a few ideas or ways to celebrate with the little ones and hope you’ll enjoy them:

  • Clean the environment around you. Pick up loose trash and debris.
  • Get the kids to go through the house and collect anything that needs to be or can be recycled. Bottles and cans can be refunded, kind of like a payment 😉
  • Have a recycling party. Ask guests to bring foods in recycled containers such as yogurt dishes. Use recycled objects to decorate like stringing painted pop lids for garland. Etc…
  • Attend local Earth Day events. Many companies are dedicated to helping save and improve the quality of Earth and put on some pretty cool events and activities that are family friendly. PTPA award winner Soda Stream being one 🙂
  • Read more about Earth Day (Canada) supporters HERE
  • Sit down as a family and discuss ideas that will benefit you while also being frugal and environmentally friendly. Ex: Starting a compost to save on garbage bags being bought and thrown into dumps. Regrow veggies from old root/clippings like celery and green onions.

 
  • Take a reusable bag with you when you go grocery shopping to save on grocery bags being thrown out. If you absolutely need a plastic bag, use it for recycling or for a garbage bag for a small waste basket.
  • Have an Earth Hour. Turn off all the power in the house and teach the kids about how they lived before electricity existed. Preferably by candle light which you can also use as an example 🙂
  • And we can’t forget the crafts, they make any occasion fun, lol! The Dollar Store is one of our favorite places to buy craft material for the little ones. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, it does the job and the craft isles are a creative minds playground!
 
 
These are activities that can be done all year-long minus the sponsored Earth Day Celebrations but definitely something worth trying to do every so often. It’s up to us to save the planet now!
What do you do to celebrate Earth Day? Is there anything you do year round that’s environmentally friendly?

Frugal Living – #Frugal #MoneySaving Tips

What do you and your family do to be #frugal and #SaveMoney?

 

Feel free to list any and all …Love hearing ideas!!!

Maybe together we can all help each other live a Greener Lifestyle with a few bucks in our pockets!!

Don’t forget to share! We love hearing ideas from all over the world!!!

 

Here is a list of tips and tricks we do to Save Money. 

  1. We use coupons when we can.
  2. Buy your fruits and veggies in bulk or at 50% off and freeze them right away. It’s money well spent!
  3. During the summer Go To Yard Sales.  Saves you tons of money.
  4. Hang your clothes out to dry when possible, this will save you on your electricity bill each month
  5. Grow your own garden. Once the season is over, pickle and freeze your veggies. You wont have to buy veggies all winter 🙂
  6. Compost your food/leftovers you don’t want, this alone will cut down dramatically on your garbage.
  7. Instead of throwing away your bread ends from the loaf, (like I am sure most do hehe) make your own “shake n Bake” with them, feed them to the birds & squirrels
  8. Make your own gifts, I am not saying all of them has to be made, but if your made a lot of your own gifts for christmas/brthdays, this would save you lots.
  9. Keep things a little longer past their expiry date. Smell it of course to make sure it’s not completely bad but most times, a lot of food is good past their expiry.
  10. When shopping for meat, always look for the stuff towards the back, as it is the cheaper priced stuff 🙂 and sometimes 50% off stuff is great, especially if you are using it right away.
  11. During the summer, there are a lot of different fruits that you can pick and sell. We pick strawberries and black currants.
  12. Save our tv dinner trays to make proportioned meals
  13. Save empty toilet paper rolls for crafts and bird feeders.
  14. Recycle old clothes for rags
  15. We Always get our bread off the 50% rack at Superstore. We’ve gotta for as low as $0.50/ loaf
  16. Use rags instead of paper towels
  17. Don’t let the water run when we are brushing our teeth
  18. Take baths rather than showers to save on water
  19. Save our coffee grinds for homemade exfoliates, scrubs, compost.
  20. Re-sprout our green onions ad celery ( rinse bottom regularly )
  21. Make homemade jams with almost-expired fruits.
  22. Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them.
  23. I don’t smoke cigarettes (can’t say the same for the hubby though lol)
  24. Recycle everything, less garbage
  25. Don’t leave unnecessary lights on around the house.
  26. Get some of our clothes at the thrift stores, play clothes and such ( not school clothes)
  27. I started drinking my coffee black to save on milk!
  28. We don’t do laundry at all on sunday (I am trying to go for 4/7 days NOT doing laundry.. And doing it at non-peak hrs.
  29. Sometimes use handkerchiefs instead of tissues (this is great when you are sick and are CONSTANTLY blowing your nose)
  30. Wash our clothes in cold water only
  31. We have energy saving lights all throughout the house
  32. Reuse plastic containers like butter..,,,,
  33. Make big meals for leftovers
  34. Have apple trees
  35. No credit cards
  36. Save our veggie scraps (peelings n such) for broths
  37. Save chicken turkey scraps for broths
  38. Re-use plastic bottles for water, etc….
  39. Buy our Garlic in bulk then conserve it in olive oil
  40. We follow a budjet every month
  41. We find activities to do for free or very cheap
  42. We find Free things to take the kids to
  43. We visit farmers markets in the summer
  44. Save our loose change
  45. Cut down on our coffee spending habits, at $2 a cup, it’s cheaper to buy ourselfs a big can and it will lasts up longer then 2 cups of coffee
  46. Don’t shop when your hungry as you’ll buy more foods that you don’t need/junk. This is proven over and over again lol
  47. Ask your physician to consider switching you over to generic brands, most are just as effective for half the cost.
  48. We don’t have overdrafts on our bank accounts.
  49. Shop around to find the cheapest gas stations and don’t forget things like Sobeys gas miles that will save you cents off (may use multiple coupons)
  50. If something is in walking distance then consider walking, even if it’s on the way there, that’s money you are saving yourself.
  51. Ask your local electric company for a free home energy audet. It will be worth it for them to tell you where you could be saving some money
  52. Put plastic on the windows in the winter
  53. In the summer, try keeping your home dark, it keeps the sun out and could save you on an air conditioner
  54. Search around for the best cellphone service
  55. When it comes to birthdays, we set a limit on how much we spend on each kid (my son’s cousins)
  56. Instead of gathering at a Restaurant for dinner have a pot luck or BBQ
  57. Get rainchecks for items that are out-of-stock
  58. I cut my own hair, as well as my son’s. The hubby shaves his own head also so we save money on hair cuts
  59. We always keep our extras such as salt, pepper, sugars, etc
  60. We bottle our own water (we have a Well, but a Brita would work fine also!)
  61. Shop around when you are going to make a big purchase, you may be able to find a better deal somewhere else.
  62. We eat for free on our birthday at certain restaurants
  63. We don’t play the lottery
  64. Use online banking, saves you time and money
  65. Check with your insurance company for cheaper options
  66. Bring/Send lunches to school, maybe once a month let them buy it as a treat
  67. Make your own cleaners for cheaper and healthier
  68. Buy everything second hand
  69. Go to the Library to read/rent books, it’s free 🙂
  70. Bring snacks when you go out shopping so you don’t get hungry while doing groceries
  71. Check how many hours you spend on long distance and determine if a calling card might be a cheaper option for you
  72. Instead of buying expensive rasors & blades we use the black ones from the dollar-store and they work great. You get 4 of them for $1 or $1.25
  73. Some No-Name things are just as good as brand name if not better
  74. We get our butter at walmart for $2.78 (unless it’s gone up again lol) cheapest around for the kind we eat! (walmart brand lol)
  75. DIY whatever you can
  76. I color my own hair and do my own nails.. Saves SO much money
  77. Don’t turn up the heat in the winter, just bundle up
  78. We price match (saves us gas money from running all over the place)
  79. Switch from Cable to Netflix
  80. We use SCOP when we notice it
  81. We re-use our grocery bags for SO many different purposes
  82. Take our own pictures and get them developed for cards & scrapbooks (so much cheaper then getting your picture taken), some places online (Jean-Coutu, Walmart etc…) give you great deals when you place you orders online so look around!!!
  83. We never buy Extended warranties on electronics
  84. We use our air miles at gas stations that accept it to collect points = free stuff
 
What are some things YOU do to Save money?

My Homemade Baby Wipes

My son always has skin irritation that is caused from the perfumes in certain products. Such as laundry soap, body wash, creams, and wipes..One day we ran out of wipes, and I had no way to get to the grocery store, so I decided to make my own. This is what I did, and have been doing ever since. I honestly wish I would of come up with this when he was just a tiny baby. Saves us a BUNCH of money, as you can get the paper towels on sale at least once a month at Shoppers for $1.99 for 8 rolls…Which if you broke it down, 1 roll of PT would make a box of wipes, for a lot cheaper..Make as many as you like…Its simple and quick!!!

Here’s the simple instructions..

 

  • Take a roll of paper towel and break off each little square of it
  • Then just fold the paper towels in halfs..
  • Put all the pieces of Paper Towel you just folded and add it to one of the containers of wipes you may have hanging around, if not just get an air tight container
  • Add some water and any scent you would like (optional) to the container in layers…I didn’t measure how much water I put in, but the paper towel absorbs the water eventually…..

And there you have it. Wipes with absolutely NO chemicals or harsh perfumes etc….#GoGreen 🙂
It will save you SO much money, and keep those baby bum’s rash free 🙂

What do you think about this? Would you try it? I would LOVE to hear some feedback!!!
Please comment below and feel free to share with all your friends and family..As it could save them alot of money in the long run 😀 or you can Tweet your answer to @FrugalCouponMum