Over the year’s my frugal tips have accumulated. Decluttering was a weekly event. Becoming a minimalist was important. As I age my view has changed and I have tweaked some mom hacks.
Frugal Tips for Moms
Do Not Declutter ( you will eventually need it again).
Don’t buy another book for the bookshelf unless you are ready to get rid of a book.
Look for sales months before Christmas.
Use up what you have in craft supplies, the pantry and other storage area’s.
If something breaks like the TV try a new hobby or reading.
Coffee at home is good. Tea at home is good. Eating at home is the best.
Jeans with holes make great shorts in the summer, purses, potholders and other great useful items.
Finally, don’t buy more storage containers.
A Million Ways to Save
Everyone has an idea on how to save money. I have found that when I hold my debit card in my wallet my spending is more fluid. Cash gives me a boundary. Spending money on expensive homes and cars are not what I would call frugal. Living in a smaller home with a paid off mortgage and no bills is one of the best frugal tips that I can ever offer.
Frugal tips do not need to be rules. For example, our TV broke and I immediately reverted to my instincts of getting a new TV. Now, I would look into the books on my bookshelf and start reading. My next step would be to wait for a good TV sale. Running out to buy a TV when ours went out did not save any money. Summer is not the best time to buy a TV. Black Friday and New Year’s Day is the best time to buy an appliance.
Decluttering is not Frugal
Reselling is frugal. Frugal tips I have adapted too is repurpose or resell. Sending off items for someone else to make money on, or repurpose seems to be a waste. Many mom’s have made businesses out of selling clutter out of their homes.
Eating and Drinking at Home
Buying drinks that cost more than a happy meal is not frugal. One of the best frugal tips that has truly saved our family of six is eating at home. I love a good coffee but not enough to spend over $5.00 on a cup. Eating out at fast food restaurants gets expensive. At one point, we were spending almost $100.00 a week on eating out with our family.
The Purpose of Frugal Tips
Having a goal and a reason to use frugal tips is important. First, set a goal to save. Next, remember that being frugal doesn’t mean to be without. Buy an expensive coffee as a treat or reward, or go out to dinner for special occasions.
We live in a time where stuff accumulates because we lack control. Buying and spending on stuff only to be sent out in a decluttering frenzy hurts our homes and savings accounts.
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