These tips on frugal living will help you save money and feed your
family well. Whether you are trying to cut costs or just want to
save some extra money, making your own sauces and using up your
leftovers will help you do this. Living a frugal lifestyle doesn't
have to be a necessity, some people, such as me, enjoy making things
from scratch and finding ways to use up what we have. I find not
only is it healthier for you and the budget, frugal living can be
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Living Frugally Ideas
Following tips on frugal living does not mean depriving yourself or
your family by purchasing only the bare necessities and living like
a Buddhist monk. Instead, frugal living means asking yourself prior
to purchasing a non-food, non-hygiene item: "Do I really and truly
Wanting something because it is the latest fad or because purchasing
it satisfies an emotional craving are not good reasons to spend
money that has been integrated into a budget intended to reduce
With so many ways to save money, everyone should be able to
incorporate some kind of money-saving ideas into their lifestyle.
Tips on frugal living encompass everything from shopping for
groceries to saving money on landscaping your yard.
DIY Recipes -Homemade Cleaning Supplies are Cheaper
Although being frugal may take more time, it pays in the end and
saves you time as well. When making certain items at home, you will
often find that recipes for homemade items are "bulk" recipes, which
means you have enough to last for a long time.
Making Dryer Sheets
Take several old wash clothes and dip them in your favorite liquid
fabric softener and several drops of purification essential oil
(optional). Ring them out and let the clothes air-dry. The next time
you need to dry a load of laundry, toss one of the cloths into the
load. These homemade dryer "sheets" are reusable several times
before they need dipped into softener again.
Spot Carpet Cleaner
Suggesting white vinegar as an excellent, all-around household
cleaner is on most lists of tips on frugal living. To make a carpet
cleaner, mix baking soda and white vinegar together until they form
a paste. Using an old toothbrush, scrub the paste into the stained
area. Allow the paste to dry before vacuuming the residue. The stain
and odor associated with the mess should be gone.
These homemade diaper wipes costs around 60 cents to make and last
longer than store-bought brands.
1 roll of paper towels
2 tablespoons of baby oil
2 tablespoons of baby bath
2 cups boiled water, then cooled
Old diaper wipe containers
10-14 drops lavender essential oil
After tearing off paper towel sheets and folding them into a wipe
container, mix ingredients into a measuring cup and pour this
mixture over the towels in the container. Towels will readily absorb
the liquid and using an airtight container will keep towels moist
Find more homemade natural cleaning recipes here.
Tips on Frugal Living - Entertainment
Eating out or seeing a movie is definitely a budget-breaker,
especially if it involves a family of four or more. Did you know you
could borrow many DVDs free from your local library? Check out your
library's website and discover what films they have. If someone is
borrowing the film you happen to want, you have the ability to
reserve the film, meaning that when someone brings it back, it
automatically goes to you.
If you want to eat out at a restaurant, check that restaurant's
website for coupons or specials. Call your local restaurants to see
what sort of specials they are advertising.
Plan a vacation at least a year in advance. Look for discounts,
coupons, hotel packages and other ways in which you can save on your
destination. Get an old jar and put five dollars in it every week.
In one year, you will have vacation gas money.
Ditch the Credit Cards
Tips on frugal living always include the highly recommended
suggestion of eliminating all credit cards except for one major
card, such as VISA or MasterCard. Get rid of all department and gas
store cards because those carry the highest interest amounts and you
really do not need them.
Having just one card will greatly reduce the money you spend on
interest and teach you to resist impulse buying. This type of buying
is where department store credit cards make most of their profit.
10 Tips on Being Frugal
Buy non processed food. Not only is it much healthier but
those convenient box packages are more expensive than if you
made it yourself.
Make your own bread If you don't have a large family,
slice the whole loaf and freeze. Take out slices as you need
Buy cheap cuts of meat and cook them on low and in a crock
pot. You won't know the difference once it has cooked for 6-8
Do you ever have those months were you just feel like money is
flying out the window? This month seems like I was spending money
right and left as I've been putting money towards 2 kids getting new
glasses, orthodontist bills, birthdays, doctor visits and normal
I feel like my credit card was on fire so I'm sitting down now to
come up with a list of low cost frugal meal ideas that maybe
we can just take it easy on the grocery bill this month.
Potatoes, Eggs, Tuna are all at the top of my list when it comes to
easy meals that don't cost a lot as well as making things from
Fried potatoes with scrambled eggs
Homemade bread with jam
Homemade pancakes or waffles
Egg salad sandwich
Tuna salad sandwich
Panini sandwich (fillings with what you have)
Tuna Caesar salad
Grilled cheese sandwich
Homemade Tomato soup
Salad with boiled eggs or/and tuna
Chicken salad (with leftover rotisserie meat)
Rice and beans mixed with salsa and cheese
Egg drop soup
Chili hot dogs
Chef salad with lunch meat and boiled eggs
Roasted Veggies in the oven (potatoes, sweet potatoes,
carrots, turnips, zucchini etc.)
Homemade Pizza or pizza toast
Lunch meat wraps
Using Leftovers in Recipes
These leftover recipes will help you know what to do with
yesterday's dinner or give you some ideas of what you can fix once
and eat twice. If you are planning ahead for using leftovers for
another dinner, take off what is needed for the next meal before
serving. For example, if you are using part of a roast chicken for a
soup recipe, take off what you need before serving the remainder of
the chicken meat for tonight's dinner. Sometimes I like to cook a
little extra knowing I can use the extra for dinner the next day. If
you do this it will leave you with a day of little prep work at
Grilled or baked chicken breasts- Chop extra chicken
and add a can of cream of chicken soup with a little milk. You
can make a homemade sauce also. Serve over cooked rice or
Leftover rice- Create fried rice by adding green peas,
shredded carrots and soy sauce into a skillet. Push all your
food to the side of your pan and add 1-2 eggs. Beat and allow to
cook several minutes until set. Stir into rice. Add more soy
sauce, as needed. Learn more about cooking
Meatballs- Create a quick dinner with leftover
meatballs by adding tomato or spaghetti sauce to your meatballs
and serving on a french roll or hoagie bun. How
to make meatballs.
Pork roast- Shred your remaining pork roast and add
salsa and shredded cheese. If you like spicy food add one can of
green chilies also. Mix together and serve on tortillas. Top
with sour cream if desired.
Sloppy joes- Place your leftover sloppy joes in
a casserole dish. Top with green beans and layer mashed
potatoes on the top. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 15-20 minutes
until warm and cheese is melted. Here is our favorite sloppy
Roast beef-Shred leftover beef and make a simple au jus
for a french dip sandwich.
Roast chicken- Add leftover shredded chicken to a basic
chicken noodle soup or try this delicious recipe for Chicken
Chowder. Try this crockpot
roast chicken recipe.