I am always asked for money saving tips. I’ve mentioned common tips like eating at (and from) home more often, using cash whenever possible, and buying off-season or used. But, what if you do all of these already, and you still want to save more money?
At a recent speaking event, I decided to share my more creative ideas – things I actually do myself – that might not be so common.
So, here are those two tips:
Produce Garden – yes, you heard me. If you’re a long time reader, you know that I’ve always gardened and feel that there’s nothing better than picking something right off the vine to eat right away. I’m not certified organic, but I don’t use chemicals or questionable practices. Let’s just say that if someone wanted to certify me, I’d be fine.
Even if you don’t have room, or interest in working in a garden, you can grow lettuce. It’s probably the easiest produce to grow and can be grown in a pot pretty much anywhere (even indoors). A pack of seeds costs about $1.50 and can give us (a family of two) lettuce for about 6 weeks. That’s a lot cheaper than buying a head of lettuce each week.
If you don’t eat salads at home, just because you feel bagged lettuce is expensive and doesn’t keep well, this is your solution.
Someone raised an objection about time. Lettuce is not time-consuming or fussy. You’ll need to thin the leaves out during the growing stages, but you’ll be eating it as baby micro lettuce – so it’s not like it’s fussing just because it has to be done.
This year I am trying vertical gardening. My whole garden, once it’s planted, takes me less than 30 minutes a week to maintain, and I have many plants – tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, green beans, peas, a few types of lettuce and herbs. This year I am trying corn, blueberries and butternut squash.
Cleaning Products – make your own – I do! I use vinegar diluted with water in place of glass cleaner. Works great. I use baking soda with water to make a paste to clean the bathroom. These home-made products are completely safe, effective and chemical free and cost pennies.
What I haven’t yet found is a replacement for dishwasher or laundry detergent. Although, I do know that vinegar in the rinse cycle can get rid of excess detergent in your towels and get rid of that moldy smell if your towels have been out by the pool too long.
Ideas for home made cleaning supplies can be found on the internet, but make sure you’re looking at a trusted source for reputable information.
Let me know how you save money.
Maybe my garden photos will inspire you.