Replace or minimize paper towel use by…
using cheap white wash clothes (I get mine from Walmart a pack of 18 for about $4).
Instead of replacing your toothbrush every 3 month…
stick it in the dishwasher in the utensil holder and wash every now and again.
Make shampoo go further…
by diluting it with water. Its still shampoo!
Make your handsoap go further…
by buying the foaming dispensers at Bath & Body Works when they are on sale (they’re already filled w/ soap). When empty, add a little bit of your own handsoap and then fill about 3/4 of the way with water. Give a gentle shake back and forth before pumping.
Make your dryer sheets last longer…
by tearing them in half. Use half a sheet instead of a whole one.
Got bath towels with holes but lots of life still in them?
Cut them down, hem the ends and use them in the kitchen.
Cleaning mirrors and windows…
Use newspaper or coffee filters (instead of paper towels).
Like real fruit smoothies?
Buy your bananas and strawberries when they are the cheapest and then freeze them.
Got interior house paint leftovers?
I’ve kept mine around for years and it has been very useful for smaller projects like painting shelving.
Cute handled shopping bags you get at stores like Bath & Body Works, American Eagle…
They can be very useful for just carrying everyday things you need to transport from point A to B or personalize them for someone special and put a gift in there.
Can you think of any other ways to save money that you think others don’t think of? Please leave a comment and share.
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Great ideas. I especially love the bath to kitchen towel idea! And I’m a sucker for nice shopping bags—they can be cute gift bags, too!
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Hello! Thanks so much for this list. Just wanted to let you know that your blog and this list will be featured on my little blog on Tuesday 04/6. Thank you!
So… here are my tips!
~ Antibacterial soap is not the heaven-send some think. Studies show that it is helpful in moderation (like sugar! :0)), but can create more harmful bacteria as they “adjust” to our chemicals. Point being, BAR soap is wonderful. It’s cheaper, it lasts longer and there is little packaging (and no plastic) to throw away or recycle.
~ I’ve recently (in last year) found a super non-toxic powder detergent. It lasts SOOOOO much longer than the liquid and there is no need to constantly go to store to buy a big bottle of plastic just to put in recycle bin.
~ It’s small, but some grocery stores credit a few cents for every reusable bag you use.
~ Don’t buy boneless chicken breasts. Buy the whole chicken and cook in pressure cooker or roast it to a golden brown. When cool, make two piles: one for meat the other for skin and bones. Save the second pile in freezer or use it immediately for chicken stock. I’ve been doing this for well over a year now and I NEVER have to buy stock. It’s sodium level is exactly what you want, it tastes better, you know exactly what’s in it, you can freeze it in amounts that suits your cooking and it’s FREE. I never cook rice in water anymore! Then, use the meat pile for another meal the following day.
I’d like to point out that many of these money-saving tips are actually conservation techinques too. I hate when people associate environmental issues with saving the earth. It’s all about people: their money, their, recreation, their health. Or at least that is my outlook. So, why not make choices for your pocket book that are also sustainable. Afterall, who wants their children living next to a nasty landfill?