9 Tips to Going Green on a Budget

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

You might have heard the statement before that “it takes green to go green”.  When you’re trying to make the switch to be more eco-friendly, the last thing you want to do is spend more money doing it.  Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be expensive to start making choices that are easy on the environment.

Going Green

Shop Second Hand

Grow your Own Garden

Become Paper-Free
Switch to using cloth napkins, towels and rags instead of paper towels and napkins. Even if you don’t make the switch completely to paper free, every little bit helps!

Use Reusables when Possible

Instead of using ziploc bags when packing your lunch — try using reusable plastic containers or reusable fabric bags.  This rule also applies to drinks!  When possible use reusable glass or stainless steel cups in place of water bottles or throw away styrofoam cups.

 

Make your own Cleaning Supplies

By creating your own cleaning supplies you are not only cutting down on harsh chemicals, you are also cutting down on all of the extra bottles.

 

Use a Programmable Thermostat
Set your programmable thermostat to run less when you aren’t home or even during the night hours.  You would be surprised at how much this will reduce your energy consumption!  Also, open your windows as much as possible to cool your house down.  If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can also make a difference by lowering the thermostat 2 degrees for heat and up 2 degrees for the air.  Your unit will be working less, but you likely won’t notice much difference in the air temperature.

 

Use Less Water
There are many ways to do this, such as installing a water conserving shower head or toilet.  If you cannot afford to replace your toilet, a quick fix is to place a brick in the tank, which raises the water level without adding more water.

 

Drive Less

Try to consolidate your errands so you’re running to town less, using less fuel.  When you’re able, try to walk or ride your bike.  You’ll be doing double duty — getting fit and using less fuel!

 

Forget the Dryer!

Use your clothesline or hang up your clothes to dry inside your home instead of using your dryer.


Camping on a Budget

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

Summer is here and you’re looking for things to do with your family that won’t break the bank.  Taking the time to get away from work, school and everyday obligations, is hard enough, but then  thinking of the money it is going to cost to get away makes it even harder.

Camping is a great way to get away from everything as well as allowing you to really enjoy your time together and not be distracted by everyday life, including your wallet. Planning and preparation are key to making it a money-saving success.

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Camping on a Budget

 

Create a Checklist

Lists are your best friend! Create a camping checklist before you start packing to make sure that you don’t forget anything and have to pay exorbitant prices from the campground to get it.

Purchase Pre-Owned or Slightly Used Gear
Check out local garage/yard sales, websites such as Craigslist, or even find local “online garage sale” groups on Facebook.

Use Household Items
There is no need to purchase eating utensils, plates, pots, pans, when you already have those things in your kitchen cabinets.

Create a Camping Tote
Have a tote that is used year to year especially for camping trips.  Instead of purchasing temporary items to cover everything you will need, purchase items that will last and can be used year to year.

Prep your Food
Prepare your menu plan just as you normally would, and prepare anything you need to in advance.  Instant Oatmeal packets, muffins and granola are great protein packed breakfast ideas that cost very little.

Location
Pick a camping location that has things to do.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to camp in a resort, but camp close to water or a state park so you have built in entertainment that won’t cost additional money.

A couple other tips to remember. Keep your wood pile covered with a tarp to keep it from getting wet or damp from a pop-up storm.  Also, try to set up camp in the shade as much as possible to avoid the heat and and having to replenish the ice in your cooler as frequently.

 


Take Control of Your Grocery Budget

Posted on July 9th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

Grocery prices seem to be constantly be on the rise, making your budget hard to control.  However, there are few simple things you can do that will help you get control — and stay there!

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Make It At Home

First things first — do you really have to buy those box mixes, packets and frozen foods?  No!  Make what you can at home and stick to buying the basics from the store. No more worrying about what is in your food!

Shop Less Often

This one goes hand in hand with the first tip — go to the store less. If you’re not in the store then you won’t be tempted to purchase things you might not actually need.

Use Cash

When you do go shopping, leave the debit cards and checks at home and commit to paying with just cash.  You’ll find that you purchase less and only get what you need.

Shop Loss Leaders

Loss leaders are the items that grocery stores deeply discount in order to get you in the store.  Typically they can be found on the first and last pages of the sales ad.

Use Coupons

Use coupons on items that are already on sale to maximize your savings!

Create Meal Plans

Create a meal plan so you know exactly what ingredients you will need from the store — saving time, money and helping life be less stressful!  

Compare Unit Prices

Those big packages aren’t always the best buy! Be sure to compare the unit prices before assuming the biggest package is more economical.

Create a Price Book

Keep track of the prices of the items you buy the most, so you know what is a good price, and which store has it.  You can either use a spreadsheet on your computer or traditional pen and paper.

 

You might find it easier to implement just a couple of these tips at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.  Once you’ve used to your new changes, add in some of the other tips.  Even if you choose to just do a couple of these tips — you’ll find that you will be controlling your grocery budget, instead of it controlling you!
 


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Posted on May 12th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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