- Eliminate phone bill extras. One call to the phone company is going to save us $11.00 per month. I got rid of all the extras we don’t use, like call forwarding. Basically the only features I kept are call waiting and caller id. I also got rid of the long distance service on our phone. We just use our cell phones for long distance, so it was crazy that we were paying like $5 per month for a long distance plan that we never used!
- Rethinking small purchases. On Christmas Eve I almost ran out to buy 3 extra big gift bags for my kids’ large sized Christmas gifts, but then I realized I’d spend, like $9 plus the time it would take me to get to the store and back and what would we really gain? So instead I covered each gift with a white sheet from our linen closet and pinned a bow on. Nobody missed the gift bags! This has inspired me to think more creatively and analyze even small purchases. Do we really need it? Could I repurpose something I already have instead of buying something new?
- Stop wasting food. See my post here for more details, but basically, we are eating all our left-overs or freezing them instead of letting them go bad and throwing them away. Same goes for produce in my produce bin, no more wasting it!
- Learn to fix things around the house yourself. A couple weeks ago our heater stopped working. While I began planning a call to the repairman, my husband went up in the attic and relit the pilot light and the heater started working again. Five minutes of his time in the attic with a lighter saved us probably $80 on a service call. If you don't know how to troubleshoot something, look it up on the internet, chances are you'll find step-by-step instructions.
- Reusable water bottles. I drink a lot of water and I never leave home without it. I think it is a combination of so many years of pregnancy and nursing and living in a typically hot climate, but I used to go through at least 1 Ozarka per day. Several months ago I bought a Camelbak water bottle and now I just refill it. The bottle paid for itself in a little over a month in money saved on the disposable bottled waters. Save money and help the environment, why didn’t I make the switch sooner?!
- No gym memberships. I work-out by running outside and pushing 2 of my kids in a double jogging stroller. My 3rd child is either at school or I run during a time when my husband will be home.
- Make your own baby food. I am going to post on Thursday about how to do this pretty easily, but it can save you a ton of money and is healthier for your baby. I am a regular person and I am busy, trust me when I say, if I did it for all three of my kids, you can too!
- Eat dinner out only once per week. See this post on menu planning for help making homemade meals easier.
What do you do that is saving your family money? Please share in the comments!
My previous Works for me Wednesday Posts:
The Capture Monster
Music to Get Kids to Sleep
Before They Leave Home
Find more Works For Me Wednesday Tips at Rocks in my Dryer.