With big plans for the future we're all about making our money go that little bit further and although the economy is getting better this does mean our dreams of a bigger house are getting further away as the house prices increase so we need to save more and spend less to allow our dreams to happen. Here's 5 simple ways that we're making our money go further at the moment.
This is driving me mad at the same time as making me happy I've started to buy items that we regularly use in large quantities or in bulk when on special offer. Things that store for long lengths of time like cans, toilet paper, coffee, tea bags. Instead of looking at just the price I look at the price per kg, or l, or unit that is displayed on the price ticket and compare that it means that we get the better price on food items and necessities whilst they are at the best value.
I have one child that within hours of putting on her clothes the knees have got holes in them. With tights, jeans, trousers instead of throwing away I'm mending them. Her jeans now have patches - I'm using a pair of my old jeans that are way to big for me and cutting patches to cover them, with trousers I have some felt and fabrics that I use that to patch up the clothes. Tights - as most of her tights are wool I've been darning and then covering with a pretty embellishment.
Cook from Scratch
I know when I started to cook the majority of our food from scratch there was a few weeks of slightly more expensive food bills as I stocked up on flour, spices, herbs etc... but after that it's working out cheaper. I do things like buy a big box of mince meat (see about the buying in bulk above) and then make 3 or 4 meals from it over the week or bulk cook a meat sauce and freeze into smaller portions so we have multiple easy to cook meals.
Grow our own
Over the summer the lettuce and tomatoes that we ate almost daily came from our own garden. In pots on our deck - now we have a large garden but most of it is jungle at the moment so we were only able to grow in post however, as we ate salads most day over the summer this was ideal and we still have loads of seeds to use next year as well.
Homes need maintenance and they need redecorating especially if like us you are looking to sell in the future. You can get someone in to do it but that is expensive because skilled labour costs. Use the Internet - you tube has some fabulous DIY tutorials for just about anything you want to know how to do and ask your friends and family. The best source of how to I have is my father - in a few weeks time he's going to teach me how to replace floor boards in my youngest's bedroom. That way if I need to do it again I will know exactly how to do it and because he's teaching me and not doing it himself I'll be able to teach others.
More ways to make your money go further
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