Several years ago, about the time I started this blog, I had my income drastically reduced. I will tell you, I prayed, and prayed hard, because I did not know how we were going to make it and we had to live a healthy lifestyle.
We didn’t eat out with lavish meals or buy really expensive department store clothing, even before my income was reduced, but we spent tons of money on food.
Money was going to be tight, and we had to eat, and eat on a special diet. My kids wanted toys for Christmas and I was struggling to pay bills.
Staying healthy was our priority, because we had no health insurance. Yet, we already ate healthy food, which had only improved our family’s health. couldn’t eat beans, high carbohydrate starchy foods, wheat or cow’s milk. Organic was the best food we needed to get the most nutrients out of our foods. But, I wasn’t willing to give up eating food altogether.;-)
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
While I needed to spend much of my time caring for my family, there were things I could do at home. Using my homemaking skills to create and cut back, saved us much more than I thought it would. I learned to make do and figure out how to make things instead of paying for items we could create ourselves. Plus, I discovered new resources and found out just how much money I could save by living thrifty.
- Made my own lotion
- Baked my own bread and cook my own meals.
- Saved money making my own yogurt.
- Mixed together my own laundry soap and line dried our clothes
- Created my own dishwasher detergent.
- Became a chemist and created my own household spray for counters and appliances.
- Bought some clippers and cut my boys’ hair
- We shopped, and still do, at Goodwill for clothing items, some toys, and household items. Even yard sales work great!
- Started a garden and grew my own collard greens (cuz that was all that I could keep growing with the grasshoppers and our sandy soil).
- Changed my cell phone company to a lesser and cheaper plan—no frills.
- Signed our family up for a Christian Medical Sharing plan.
- Changed my shopping for organic produce and bulk dry goods to Azure Standard.
- Learned the art of monthly meal planning
- Researched how to use natural remedies to keep us healthy.
- Took on the art of homesteading, specifically, raising chickens for eggs.
- Studied how to cheaply feed my chickens and use essential oils and herbs on my dogs and other animals.
- Cut the dish and buy movies at thrift stores or stream online for free.
- Set my thermostat on high in the summer and really low in the winter.
- Burn wood in the fireplace in the winter to save electricity.
You can do this too!
While some things just take a little bit of extra effort and a change in lifestyle, other things like making your own beauty products, home remedies, and cleaning supplies, requires a bit more energy. But, in the end, you will not only save money, but spend more time with those closest to you~your family.