We all know that times are hard. We need to save money and find ways of getting the most out of the dollars we do spend more than ever before. This is, however, sometimes easier said than done. One of the best ways we can save money and get more out of our spending is by using frugal home ideas. Our home equipping and organizing are key areas that we can dramatically cut down on the amount of money that we spend. Let’s look at four great frugal home ideas in the next few posts as ways that you can save lots of cash in each of these activities you undertake.
Equipping our home with the basics is without a doubt one of the most expensive activities you can undertake. Especially when you are just starting out. One of the best ways to save money on things that you need to just live in your home is to utilize your local thrift stores. Check out stores that are operated by major charities such as Disabled American Veterans, The Fraternal Order of Police and Fire Fighters, The Salvation Army and Goodwill of America. These stores often have very high standards for the things that they sell, and usually will test the items thoughtfully before they hit the sales floor. These stores are great places to get essentials like cookware and utensils, dinnerware glasses and cups, counter top appliances and other daily needs cheaply.
An added bonus is that you know you are making a donation to a worthy cause and if you keep your receipt you may even be able to claim the purchase on your income taxes at the end of the year. The deduction could save you even more and the items become basically free! Other choices include “softly second”, “gently used” and “perfectly pre-owned” boutiques. These again usually have very high standards and are items are usually sold on consignment. These stores are a great location to get finer dinnerware and flatware, linens, bedding, throw pillows and area rugs and small furniture items at a fraction of the cost of a retail store.
Another key area that we can save a lot of money is by using a little creativity and some frugal home ideas in our organizing of the house. First lets look at plastic cubes that family size salads come in, you’ve seen these at your local Kroger or Wal-mart, they have a half gallon of Cole slaw, baked beans or potato or chicken salad in them. When the salad is gone rinse them out throughout, and let them dry, you know can use the cubes as canisters for your pasta, rice, flour, sugar, coffee and more they stack so they will keep the cabinet looking great and they are see through so you can find what you want easily, use dry erase markers to indicate the contents and make them even more reusable.
This is also a money saver on the food budget. Since you are buying the salads in large quantity you can get them cheaper than buying the smaller packages. If you know you wont eat they much at once, split over two nights at opposite ends of the week or use the abundance to create a thoughtful poo-poo platter as a gift for the neighbors to say thank for being great friends.