Since today is Friday, and since I try to be frugal, and since I can’t think of any other topic that I want to delve into right now, I’m creating a new series called (wait for it) Frugal Friday! I thought I would make a note of different ways I try to save money during the week, and post a few of them on Fridays. Then, you could share a few of your frugal tips in the comments, and I could learn how to become more frugal, and eventually save so much money that I could…hmmm, I’ll have to give that more thought.
On to Frugal Friday tips:
- Cut your dryer sheets in half, and only use ½ sheet per load. (Fabric softener buildup is a problem that could lead to dryer fires. I figure I’m halving my chances of that. Plus, I’ve been doing this for a year, and still no embarrassing static cling!)
- Put a smaller scoop in your powdered laundry detergent. (The scoop that came with my detergent should only be 2/3 full for a heavy soiled load, and 1/3 full for normal loads. However, can I really expect my children to read what’s imprinted on the scoop? NO. So I put in a small coffee scoop. Now normal loads get 2 level scoops, and heavy soiled loads get 3-4. It helps keep all of us from putting too much soap in.)
- Make your own foaming hand soap. I put in 2-3 tablespoons of liquid soap and fill the rest of the soap dispenser with hot water. I also add a couple drops of peppermint oil because 1) I already have it, and 2) it feels more refreshing. (Confession here, I bought a huge double bottle pack of soft soap from Sam’s about 2 years ago. There’s a good chance that it will spoil – if soap spoils – before I run out. My grandkids will be cleaning out my house someday and laughing about “Grandma’s soap”.)
Well, I only have 3 this week. But think what a difference it would make if everyone were to adopt these 3 tips. We could make a dent in the US national debt – okay, not really, but maybe we’d save a few dollars for our old age just in case Social Security runs out, not that that could POSSIBLY happen.
Any other penny-pinchers out there want to speak up?