We are so excited to welcome guest poster, Sarah Titus, who is the founder and CEO of “Saving Money Never Goes Out of Style”. Sarah is here to share some fabulous money-saving solutions that you might not have considered before! Take it away, Sarah!
There are many ways to save money around your home, but you may not realize some key tricks.
Often times, it’s the things that only take a few moments or we don’t think about that can really push us into savings overdrive.
Here are some tips to help you save even more at home, so you can spend your money on what really matters to you.
Refill your oil diffusers
Did you know that you can refill your oil diffusers (like Air Wick or Glade Plug-ins) with essential oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil? Just refill them when they are out rather than spending money on expensive refills at the store. It only takes a few drops of oil and a teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil to fill one diffuser and each time you refill it, you generally only need to refill the essential oil for scent. I find that the coconut oil doesn’t burn off, so it’s safer as well.
Don’t Toss out those extra condiment packs
If you go through a drive-thru, you probably get ketchup, mustard, dipping sauce, and more in your to-go order (and if you don’t, ask!) Don’t just throw them out when you are done eating. These can be saved for later use or even putting in lunches for yourself or your kids to take with them to school. My favorites are the soy sauce packets you get in Chinese food! They can be used when you are making rice at home.
Use rags on your Swiffer
Those refills of the Swiffer wipes are expensive. They really are no more than a thick paper towel with a cleaning solution when you think about it. If you love the convenience of the Swiffer mop, use rags instead. Rags that are about the size of a square washcloth are the perfect size to tuck into and around the sweeper. Just wash them over and over for less waste to our environment and more money in your pocket!
Think outside the box
Now, I know the idea of this next tip is a huge no-no for a lot people and the idea of it is not something many would consider. However, you can find amazing things set next to dumpsters that people just didn’t want to throw in such as furniture, working appliances, and even clothing.
I am a single SAHM who is known for living quite well now, but years ago when I was homeless and got my first apartment, I scored this solid wood shelf and used it as an entertainment center until I could get on my feet. It was standing right there in our apartment complex next to the garbage bin one day as I was taking the garbage.
To this day, it sits in my mom’s home, still getting used every day. Of course, you want to sterilize these items thoroughly, but it would amaze you what people simple don’t want. Now that I’ve come full circle, I’ve put brand new SEALED items worth $150 out by my curb with a free sign. In fact, that’s how I scored a nice pine kitchen table once as well. A free sign on someone’s sidewalk!
Use every last drop
You know those little pieces of wax paper that butter comes wrapped in that you just toss? Think twice next time you go to throw one away. That butter amount is perfect for greasing pans for baked goods, casseroles, and other hot dishes. It may not seem like much, but every little bit helps.
Likewise, instead of throwing out your dish soap when it is empty, fill the bottle with a little bit of water and shake it. You can get two more dish loads out of the bottle that way. This applies to everything. That last little bit of toothpaste seems insignificant, but the last time I made an effort to squeeze out the last drop to see how long it would really last me, it lasted me 2 weeks of daily brushing!!!
Make your own coffee flavoring syrup
Coffee flavoring syrup can get costly, but making your own is as simple as having some sugar and water and boiling it down to a syrup, then adding flavoring. It costs pennies to make it this way and not only will it save you money on buying it at home, but since you control its strength, you may never wish to hit up the coffee drive-thru again.
What do you like to do to save money from home? Any creative ideas you can share?
Sarah is a stay-at-home mom of two wonderful children. From homeless to well-off, this single debt-free mom is most known for her ability to live well on $18k/year. Sarah loves encouraging others that dreams do come true if they are willing to consistently work for it. Follow her blog: Saving Money Never Goes Out of Style.