I started making homemade cleaners such as counter top wipes, soft scrub, laundry detergent, windex, etc. I started with the laundery detergent in April and the supplies cost about $15.00 and so far I've filled up my Era container at least half a dozen times and I still have enough supplies left for another 5 gal batch or two of concentrate. I was so happy with that that I moved on to other cleaning supplies and bought a bag of rags at menards I can wash and reuse. I'm not really a "green" person, but now it seems I am as a consequence of my frugality in this area.
We also applied for a credit card that we only use for our weekly groceries and gas that offers money back and fuel discounts along with other coupons. I deposit the money I put on the card in our savings account and pay the card off when the bill comes due. Even if I only earn a $10 grocery certificate and $1 per gallon off at the pump once a month, that's money that I wouldn't have saved otherwise. Basically, they pay me to use their card.
I have a programable thermostat so I can set it to not run so much when I am gone to work. I would not be very good at remembering to manually do this while I'm busy getting ready for work. Between this and compact flourescent light bulbs, my utility bills have gotten better the last couple of years.
3/26/2010 10:04:42 PM
I clip coupons and I also print them from a website- freeflys- I use the Sunday flyer for the local sales and do my grocery shopping - this past week was the least sucessful for me even the cashier was surprised and said you only had 60.00 in coupons this week not like you - you usually have 90.00 or more in coupon savings. - I only use coupons of things we use- I do not use coupons just because I have it.
we also save money by being on electric and gas budget plan.
In Canada we have option of setting up a tax-free savings account that can hold up to $10K without paying taxes on the interest. The interest is higher than regular savings account. It can be set up with payment as low as $25 and you have the option to set up a regular monthly payment with as much as you can afford. If you live in Canada, I suggest talking to your banker as this is a great deal.
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