02-09-2013, 09:17 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chi-town burbs
Re: What was the thriftiest decision or change your family made?
I got through phases of being really thrifty and not depending on how busy my life is etc. But the things that work for me or are:
Cloth diapers(obviously this can be $$ depending on your love of fluff)- for me I love the convenience as you are never out of CD, but you can be out of sposies, I use them now and then and hate buying more
Making own cleaners, dr bronners is the best...
Coupons - I'm never a hard core couponer, but the pace I like is just going to walgreens once a week to pick up the shampoo/cond/body wash/toothbrush items. That saves a bunch of money. I find I can do that for a few months and then I'm good for the rest of the year. Food is hit and miss, some items like yogurts or granola bars/cereal that I always buy anyway.
Meal plan-when I do it, which isn't as much as I like
Kids-I don't want to eat out anymore! Much more enjoyable eating at home
Packing snacks/lunches- saves a ton with zoo outings, parks etc
Water bottles- bring everywhere in warm weather
K-cups- strange but true, I used to always snag a coffee out and about, even Mcdonalds ones, but now I know I can be home in 2 mins and have a really nice k-cup coffee it's stopped me. Plus I'm not wasting a pot or half pot.
Buying "nice" food- stops you from longing to eat out, spend more
Convenience food- good to have something stashed in the freezer for those crazy days
Memberships- pool and zoo and we are set for the summer, make lots of use out of these in our family.
Library- love the library for books, dvd's, games if the kids have earned it.
Buying used- clothes, baby equipment etc.....
Reselling- reselling helps out hugely with new purchases that have to be made. Baby needs new shoes.....sell off his clothes that are too small and you have the money for shoes.....
Mama of 4!
and precious little one 11/10/11