So I wanted to write out a list of the things we do to save money:
1. Use cloth diapers
- I know what you're thinking. Probably something along the lines of "eww", "gross", "I don't wanna 'deal' with poop", etc. Do you know anyone who cloth diapers? Because before I started, I knew several - and not one person didn't like doing it. Plus, honestly, poop doesn't scare me. But if it's scary to you, there are liners and sprayers to help you out with that.
- It really does save money - here's a breakdown (even if your child is out of diapers before estimated, the cost is a big difference!). Plus, when subsequent children use the same diapers, savings increases! AND, you can resell them when you're finished. Cloth diapers hold their value pretty well if you take care of them!
- I use these for my babies when they're exclusively breastfed for every diaper change and then once solids are started, I use them only for wet diapers
- We only use them for, well, #1. I'm not that dedicated, I suppose. But this cuts down on A LOT of toilet paper since there are TWO, soon to be THREE, girls using the potty. Plus, it's only a few drops anyway.
- If you wash and dry your "burp cloths", they come out so fluffy and soft. It feels great on your nose and there's no chance of it tearing and you getting snot all over your hand.
- As much as I have to wipe hands and mouths and tables after eating with my girls, this saves tons!
- Did you know that the dryer is typically the second biggest energy consumer in a household (second to your refrigerator)?
- I'm sure you've noticed grocery prices have sort of increased. I usually go to two different stores to browse marked-down meat that has a sell by date of a day or so. If I won't use it right away, it goes into our chest freezer
- It's pretty effective. And very cheap. Oh yeah, and a lot safer than chemicals ;) I dare you to try.
- We got rid of our satellite service (but replaced the cost of that with Internet - although we're now paying about $15 less a month for both Internet and basic cable than we were for a bunch of satellite channels and no Internet).
- We'd been without Internet at our house for almost 7 years until this past year. Turns out, basic cable and Internet combined was the same price as just the Internet. So we basically only get local channels. But we also have a Roku player. There's also PlayOn. And there's plenty online to watch.
- I've recently joined an online meal planning website and it's really helped me with my stress level, not wasting food, as well as not going out to eat last minute because nothing is planned for dinner.