Visit FamilyCorner.com for tons of seasonal ideas!
quick link - go to our home page quick link - kid's crafts, family fun, printables, etc quick link - sign up for our free newsletter quick link - holiday crafts, recipes and ideas quick link - gardening, organizing, saving money, decorating and more quick link - our FunBook is filled with lots of quick ideas, tips and crafts quick link - join our bustling community of friendly members


Go Back   FamilyCorner.com Forums > >

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-20-2002, 12:18 PM
Amanda's Avatar
FamilyCorner Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 4,490
blushing Frugality - One Step at a Time

I am so thankful for all the wonderful advice in the thread entitled "Frustrated with Frugality"

I wanted to start a seperate thread for this however, I think this is a very vital and important first step for those looking to move to a more frugal lifestyle.



One Step at a Time

If you had to make a suggestion to someone for a first step toward frugality, what would it be? Would it be starting off with cutting your grocery bill, and how would you go about it?

Or would you recommend starting with "make your own" type experiments, such as homemade laundry soap, make your own mixes, etc?

What about gardening? Or maybe looking at finances differently, or entertainment?

Whatever it may be, please offer your advice here, I will be anxiously waiting as I am sure will others!

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-20-2002, 07:37 PM
Jacquie's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: *ssshhhh* it's a secret!
Posts: 238

Hi there! I have a question....does anyone know if there is an easier/cheaper way to do dusting? I hate having to buy "Pledge" for my dusting, but don't want to use just a damp cloth on some of my good wood items either. I have a mix of solid wood & the cheaper wood-look melamine stuff, plus blinds, knick knacks, etc. Any recipes or ideas would be greatly appreciated...thanks very much in advance! Hugs...Jacquie in Winnipeg, Manitoba...Canada!

;-)
__________________
You can learn to like the life you live, or
live the life you like!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-20-2002, 07:55 PM
aubry's Avatar
Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: NewYork
Posts: 123
Lets see my first step would probably be, too sit down with the weekly food ads or price book if you have obe. And make up a weeks menu from the sale items and staples you already have in the cupboard. Then make a list and stick too it! That is a big saver for me.
Another thing that has helped us, is writing down everything we spend. I keep a tablet in the kitchen, and both dh and I write in it. Even if it is just .50 in the pop machine or 2.00 on a treat for the kids when we are out walking. It gets written down. Once you see where it is going, you would be surprised ways you can cut back. And you would also be surprised the money that gets wasted, that you don't even realize. A dollar here and a dollar there really can add up in a month.
These are a couple of ideas. I'm sure I can think of more if any one wants some more ideas!
__________________
Aubry
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-22-2002, 08:30 PM
Leslie2's Avatar
Member
FamilyCorner Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 1
First Steps to Frugality

Hi! I'm new here and thought I'd add my two cents. (This is long.) I have been living frugally for several years now, and it has allowed me to stay at home with my kids. Many times we are cash poor, but we just keep our eyes on the big picture. The kiddos start school next year, so I'll have some time during the day to add to our budget and that will make things easier.

For getting started, the advice about menu planning, planning your shopping trips and sticking to your plan, and using a price book are great. For example, the other day Walgreens had several items on sale, so I was going to march on over to Wal Mart to price match. Well wouldn't you know, Wal Mart's everyday price was lower than Walgreen's sale price!

What has helped me the most, however, is the following:

1. Before you purchase ANYTHING, decide whether or not the item helps you meet your goals or if it hinders you. Does your enjoyment in this purchase outweigh the answer to that question?

2. Before you impulse buy, force yourself to have a waiting period. You see something on sale. The sale lasts for 3 days. Wait until the third day to purchase it. Your emotions may be different, and you may change your mind!

3. Write down EVERY cent that you spend.

4. Add up expenses. For example, cable was costing us $299.88 per year. Our ISP was costing us $239.88 per year. Eating out (fast food, not "special" dining) was costing us about $780.00 per year. Interest on credit cards was costing us about $1,500 per year. Those are just few examples. There was more. But just those few expenses added up to $2,819.76 per year, or $234.98 per month! In addition to paying off the two smaller credit cards, we renegotiated our interest rate by more than half. I also started planning my errands to economize on gas and auto wear and tear. I also reduced my grocery bill by almost half. All in all, we now spend about $400.00 less per month than before.

As you change your lifestyle, always be proud of who you are and what you have. Take care of yourself (keep a really great haircut, always make sure your family's clothes look super, get some exercise for mind, body and spirit), and take care of your home (make sure it is clean - check out www.flylady.net ). Your pride will outweigh your pocketbook!

Now, I spend time with my kids, I teach them about what is REALLY important, and I'm so proud of my frugal home and frugal family!

Hope this helps. If I think of more, I'll add.

Leslie
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2002, 06:19 AM
Jacquie's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: *ssshhhh* it's a secret!
Posts: 238
Morning All! The frugal tips are great, but I would still love it if someone could/would answer my question about a homemade cleaning product! LOL....Hugs...Jacquie
__________________
You can learn to like the life you live, or
live the life you like!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2002, 08:03 AM
Amanda's Avatar
FamilyCorner Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 4,490
chuckle homemade cleaners

Sorry about that Jacquie! Here's a link to tons of homemade cleaning supplies!

Homemade Cleaners Part 1 of 3
http://www.thefamilycorner.com/archives/frugal/7.shtml

Homemade Cleaners Part 2 of 3
http://www.thefamilycorner.com/famil...cleaners.shtml

Homemade Cleaners Part 3 of 3
http://www.thefamilycorner.com/famil...cleaners.shtml
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2002, 09:26 AM
Jacquie's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: *ssshhhh* it's a secret!
Posts: 238
Thanks so much Amanda! didn't want to bug, but sure wanted to know...will be surfing those sites diligently...LOL

Hugs..Jacquie
__________________
You can learn to like the life you live, or
live the life you like!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2002, 01:02 PM
Amanda's Avatar
FamilyCorner Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 4,490
You're welcome! Those links are on this site, so you won't have to go too far! LOL
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2002, 03:53 PM
kimmyo's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Junkie
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Leesburg, Alabama
Posts: 913
I have to agree with the others.....

1) Keep track of all spending

2) Shop with a list and a menu

One thing that seems to have helped me the most was getting organized. I was spending a fortune on late fees because I would literally forget to pay something on time. Between late fees and over limit fees we were getting further in debt because I was so disorganized. So with a little effort and a calendar I can say now that I pay everything on time! This is helping in other ways too. It is a shame to have to go out and buy something (gift wrap, light bulbs, tape, etc...) just because you can't remember where you put it! We are diligently working on being organized in this house, and I believe it is paying off for us!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2002, 04:08 PM
Jacquie's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: *ssshhhh* it's a secret!
Posts: 238
chuckle

I'm jumping for joy at those great ideas from the site, Amanda! Now all I need is more ink for my printer.... Hugs!! Jacquie
__________________
You can learn to like the life you live, or
live the life you like!
Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Frustrated With Frugality Amanda Tightwad Tips 22 10-03-2014 04:39 AM
Snack Time Math..... HAPPY6 Preschoolers & Kindergartners 1 04-17-2007 07:06 AM
A daily prayer/quiet time trainlady Prayer Requests 14 02-18-2007 10:35 PM
Child-Swapping: The Solution to Time Alone ajrsmom Family Time 2 03-22-2004 09:42 PM
A real time saver! ronsan Tips - Cleaning 3 06-12-2002 02:27 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:18 AM.


Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

POPULAR AREAS OF FAMILYCORNER.COM

Our Family FunBook is packed full of ideas from parents just like you!

Our members say that they have never found a friendlier message board community than ours!

Our kid's craft section is filled with easy ideas for creative little minds.

We have tons of free printable coloring pages to keep your little ones happy.

We offer a wide variety of free newsletters delivered right to your inbox.

Our Household Hints & Tips have a wealth of information on cleaning, organizing, and more!
Go to the funbook Go to forums Go to kid's crafts Go to printables Go to newsletters Go to Hints & Tips

Home || Newsletters || Advertising || Terms of Use || Privacy || Services || Submissions || Contact Us || Media Opportunities || Link To Us || Shop || Feedback || Staff || e-Cards || Reminder Service



FamilyCorner.com® is sponsored in part by...




Visit our friends --> MomsMenu | Main Street Mom | She Knows | Baby University | Personal Fitness Zone | iChef.com

Copyright Notice | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use/Disclaimer