Archive for the Simple Living

Do What Works for You

photo credit: Jean Pichot I believe one of the very most important parts of frugal living is to do what works for you. I can sit here all day and blabber on how I save money by making my own bath products, turning my heat down, and consolidating trips to save gas, but those may be things that you aren’t willing to do for whatever reason.  That’s totally fine.  One of the best things about living life is learning from others and respecting their choices. I do think that there are frugal alternatives to pretty much everything, so if you’re not going to be hardcore frugal, you can still save money in some way. -Don’t want to use cloth toilet paper? You can buy your toilet paper in bulk, either at the grocery store or Costco or Sam’s. You will still be saving money. -Does the idea of using baking soda as shampoo freak you out? Start playing the drugstore games to score some awesome deals on shampoo. -Is your time limited and you can’t soak and cook your own […]

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Selling Yourself

photo credit: bradley j Day after day, I dream of selling my house, buying some land in the woods, and living in a cabin, yurt, or tiny house. Yet day after day I continue the lather, rinse, repeat that is my life. Wake up, go to work, work, come home, clean, go to bed.  Often times I feel like my life is unfulfilled; rather, my job is unfulfilled, but it pays really well and I know what I am doing (for the most part). Sometimes I feel like the biggest sell out. I think that one of the best reasons to be frugal is to be able to live on less and have time to do things we love, yet personally I am not able to walk the walk as much as I talk the talk.  I work this job that is okay, not something I’m in love with, but I do it for the money and the benefits. I’ve been thinking about going part time for awhile, and then I sit down and figure out how much money I […]

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Where have all the Housewives Gone?

photo credit: x-ray delta one Ah, remember the good old days of the Fifties? Nope, neither do I.  I have always been intrigued by that era though.  The soda fountains, sock hops, and relaxed atmosphere.  I totally believe I would have been a fantastic housewife during the Fifties.  I’d wear my cute little apron, hang laundry on Monday, have dinner ready by the time hubby came home, and make sure the kids were having fun playing outside in the fresh air and sunshine.  *sigh* It seems that housewives are now extinct.  I, for one, am really sad about this.  I think there is a lot of value in housewives.  I know between working full time, keeping up with the household chores, and blogging I feel like I barely have time to rest!  I get tired just thinking about my days sometimes.  I think that if we could afford it, and I wouldn’t feel like a lazy buns, I could totally rock the housewife persona.  I’d be super organized and make a schedule. My paternal grandmother went by a schedule like […]

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Having a Dog Can Save you Money!

photo credit: j.reed You’ve probably seen the posts about how much a dog costs and are wondering how in the world it can save you money, versus costing you an arm and a leg. While it’s true that you’ll have to feed, provide fresh water, and veterinary care for your pet, there are also many benefits of having a dog.  You may even save some money by having a dog! 1. You won’t need a burglar alarm or security system. Buy a Pit Bull, Doberman Pincher, or Rottweiler.  If someone tries to break into your house and they see Killer standing by the door foaming at the mouth, chances are they aren’t going to break in. 2. Save money on water by letting your dogs pre rinse the dishes. If you use your dishwasher, you probably rinse your dishes before you put them in (unless you are me).  If you let your dog lick the plate clean, you will skip that step! 3. You’ll drastically reduce food waste if you share leftovers with your pooch. In my household, when I’ve […]

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Frugal Haircuts At Home

Picture this: Mr. Money sits down, ready to get a haircut from his talented frugal wife (me), and out comes the camera. “…what are you doing with that?!” He asks. “I want to take a picture of you, honey.” I reply. “Why?! You aren’t going to bl… you’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?” “Do you really think that I would- ok, yeah.  I am going to blog about it and I need a before and after picture.” [blank stare from Mr. Money] Without further ado, I present to you, my husband, victim recipient of a $0 haircut, done by me! Here’s what he looked like before, rocking the skater/punk/too long hair: And here’s what he looked like after: I’ve been cutting his hair for a few years now, and I’m pretty proud at how good I’ve gotten.  I can only imagine how much money we’ve saved on haircuts over the years! What’s your preferred method of haircut: at home or by a professional? Tweet

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Save Money, Don’t Use Soap!

photo credit: AJU_photography Stop using soap and you’ll save money, the environment, and possibly improve your health! Well, honestly, I wouldn’t stop using soap altogether, but I would recommend doing a few things differently in regards to soap use. For starters, in our household, we don’t buy soap with triclosan. I believe that antibacterial soaps everyday can be overkill and eliminate too much bacteria (there is friendly bacteria, after all!) and can make the body resistant to antibiotics.   I do also believe there is a time and place for antibacterial soaps, but in general household use, it probably is not needed at every hand washing. Here are some tips to help slow your soap usage: When purchasing soap for your home, skip the antibacterial soaps with triclosan.  Make sure you wash your hands for around 20-30 seconds with hot water and regular soap.  You can sing “happy birthday” (either in your head or out loud) twice while doing so. If you are eating a lot of fruits and veggies, chances are your plates are not getting very dirty.  If you […]

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