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. I
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.
I had to keep my special needs son out of the hospital. We 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.
So, I did what I do best. I used my homemaking skills to create and cut back. I learned to make do and figure out how to make things instead of paying for items we could create ourselves. I discovered new resources and found out just how much money I could save.
- I made my own lotion.
- I learned to bake my own bread and cook my own meals.
- I learned to make my own yogurt.
- I made my own laundry soap.
- I made my own dishwasher detergent.
- I make my own household spray for counters and appliances.
- I cut my boys’ hair (Although my now teenager runs from me when I try and pull the clippers out for him…so, okay, that was not my strong suit but it worked!)
- We shopped, and still do, at Goodwill for clothing items, some toys, and household items.
- I grew my own collard greens (cuz that was all that I could keep growing with the grasshoppers and our sandy soil).
- I changed my cell phone company to a lesser and cheaper plan—no frills.
- I started using a Christian Medical Sharing plan.
- I learned how to buy organic produce and other groceries from Azure Standard.
- I learned the art of monthly planning for our meals and groceries.
- I learned how to use natural remedies to keep us healthy.
- I learned what homesteading really was and how to do it. I can take care of a goat and raise a few chickens for eggs. I know how to make do without expensive feeds. I use essential oils and herbs on my dogs and other animals.
- We do not pay for television. We buy dvds and watch it through the antenna.
- I set my thermostat on high in the summer and really low in the winter. I also switched out the regular light bulbs to the fluorescent ones.
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.