Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Frugal Mom Tips

I have been thinking about little tips I use to be frugal everyday and thought I would start sharing them with you. I would love to hear your frugal tips as well. In this economy everyone could use some tips to save some pennies here and there! You may have heard or may even already use the tips I am putting up but I hope some of them are helpful to you. Some are simple, some more involved but it is always good to get a refresher! Here's the first group of tips.

- Electricity & water usage in the home tips: I am crazy- vigilant about these two utilities and my kids are very good about not wasting them. I tell them they are precious resources and to think of little $$$$ going down the drains or out the window when we waste them.
What to check to save you $$$$:
*Check your outdoor watering plan and make sure you are not over watering.
*Take your car to the car wash instead of washing at home. They recycle the water they use. (Look for local car wash coupons in the mail first!)
*Swap out old light bulbs for energy-efficient ones.
* Turn out/off lights/ TV/appliances when leaving the room.
*Unplug rarely used appliances.
*Adjust your thermostat by 3 degrees or turn it off!
*Wash larger loads of laundry and dishes (saves detergent too).
*Try to do all the laundry at the same time. Keep moving one load out of dryer and wet load into dry to take advantage of an already warm dryer.
*Plant trees in yard for shade (good for the air too).
*Fix leaky faucets & running toilets.
*Shorten showers.
*Teach kids precious resource respect.

Remember Frugal is defined as:
1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.
2. entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty.

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