Economic Survival

Let’s talk economics.  And no, I’m not going to talk about the housing market or what to invest in.  I’m going to talk to you about some small changes you can make to your lifestyle or spending habits that will truly save you time, money, and stress (let’s hope). 

While perusing Martha Stewart this morning, I came across some of her money saving tips which inspired my post for today.  Here we go:

  • Make your clothes last longer, by closing up zippers, fastening hooks, washing with like colors.  The tendency is to throw the whole load in and maybe separate out the whites (don’t do it!). Wash darks in cold water and hang them dry.  You’ll save on the cost of running the dryer and your darks won’t fade as quickly.
  • Have a San Pelligrino bottle lying around? or a Trader Joe’s limeaide glass bottle?  Don’t throw them away!  Spruce them up with enamel paint and create a new vase for flowers.
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  • Do you have a party this weekend but no money for the wrapping? Use that scrap fabric left over from the table runner you made or some old newspapers and make some new fun wrapping papers.
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  • A little known trick is to stick to the outer edges of the supermarket.  The food there is less processed, healthier, and less expensive.
  • Set up automatic withdrawls from your checking to a savings or retirement fund.  It’s a no hassle way to think about saving.
  • Need a place to organize your magazines or books, but can’t afford the fancy organizers?  Use an old cereal box!
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    • You don’t have to buy fresh! Sometimes the frozen ingredients are just as good as the fresh one.  Buy veggies and fruits that are in season.
    • See all your movies?  Organize a movie swap.  Don’t pay $9.00 a person to see a movie when you can call up a friend to switch movies with.
    • Getting tired of the same look, but can’t afford a new couch?  Recover the pillows with scrap fabric, old hankies, or sheets.
    • I love this one!!!! – transform your old (or hit up a local thrift store)pillow cases  into a fun summer tote! 
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    I think I made need to dedicate a whole post to this last one!  Get inspired!

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