Thursday, July 9, 2009

Frugal Friday

Another new feature for the week.....
Frugal Fridays

I'll admit that I am 'borrowing' this idea from another blog, but it is such a great idea. I think it is a good system to keep me in check and let others know what I am doing each week to be frugal and save money for the family. So here's what I've done in the last week to be frugal.
  • Gave haircuts to husband and 3 kids. Saved at least $40 doing it myself.

  • Used reusable grocery bags for shopping.

  • I'm only running my dishwasher about every other day in order for it to be a full load.

  • Shopped double coupon deals at Kmart

  • Thanks to Mother Nature, did not run the air conditioner this week. We made it work with fans to bring in cool air at night.

  • Been trying to combine errands to do after work to save on gas/trips around town.

  • Recycled some old toys to other people that could use them.

  • Checked out movies at the library for free.

That is all I could think of for this week. The point of this post is not to brag about what I am doing but to give you all ideas of things you could do to save around your home. They may not all work for you. One idea I read on a blog was to save electricity by hanging laundry on a clothesline to dry. What a great idea. Except I don't have a clothesline, nor do I feel it is worth my time with the amount of laundry my family generates. In addition, my hubby helps with laundry and I know he would not do it. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make in order to get him to help with the wash. So, while it is a great idea, it doesn't work for my family.

Please leave a post and let me know ways you are frugal around your house. I will share the ideas with everyone and we can all learn!


  1. I heard a rumor yesterday that Walmart had whole watermelons on sale for $1.00 each. I stopped and picked up three since my kids will be around this weekend. They are the medium sized. I picked up two round and one long. The long ones had seeds and the flesh was pale. Edible, but not the best I have ever had. So I don't recommend the long ones. I had bought some of the round ones before and they were good, so I'm hoping the two remaining will be better. They both were from different growers. Hoping the round ones are better. They are seedless. I'm guessing this is a leftover supply from the 4th of July.

  2. I save money by using a clothes drying rack in place of a dryer. In my opinion it is less work than a dryer or a clothes line. I can take them out of washer and hang them directly on hangers or on to the rack. Then whenever I get around to it I can take them off. They never get all wrinkly by being forgotten in the dryer. It saved me almost 7% off my electric bill whan I made the switch.

  3. Not sure if they still have them for $1.00, but the round ones were definitely better.