We had job loss in our family, and it hit us hard. At first, I was in denial. I thought a new job would come along. But it didn’t. Then came the season of living resourcefully to overcome what seemed like a lack of money. I found resourceful ways to live naturally without much of an income, keeping us healthy and provided for.
13 Ways to Live Naturally With Job Loss
Make do with simply less.
You know, when the money wasn’t there to buy all the things I thought we needed, we miraculously survived without them! You learn to live without cable or satellite, or Starbucks every day.
Make your own “paper” products from old sheets and towels.
Cut up old sheets that have holes in them and make nice rags for all of your household duties. I still buy paper towels for $1 from Dollar Tree, but my rags are set aside to do all of the dirty work my kitchen towels are not. You can even make your own wipes with witch hazel from Dollar Tree and pieces of cloth in a re-usable container.
Make your own natural cleaners from pantry ingredients.
Vinegar, baking soda and lemon along with essential oils can do wonders in your home. Plus, you avoid using toxic cleaners that contain strong odors.
Make your own baked goods, including bread.
I stopped buying bread years ago, and now that I make my own baked goods, I really don’t like the taste of pre-made bread. Whether you eat gluten-free or wheat, you can bake your own foods for a fraction of the cost. Plus, it is a lot healthier than the store-bought.
Grow a large garden.
You can plant seeds indoors and then place them in your garden. Grow as much food as you can with what space you have. Don’t forget your salad greens to you always have plenty! It is also cheaper to use natural insect control so it does not have to be costly. Use low-cost watering techniques to save money.
Make your own laundry soap and dishwasher soap. You can make your own non-toxic laundry soap and dishwasher soap for a fraction of the cost. You can also hang your clothes on a clothes line to avoid higher electricity bills, especially in the summer.
You can make your own non-toxic laundry soap and dishwasher soap for a fraction of the cost. You can also hang your clothes on a clothes line to avoid higher electricity bills, especially in the summer.
Shop at thrift stores
You can purchase many things at places like Goodwill for household items, clothing, toys, books and videos you can upcycle or reuse. I have even seen large pieces of fabric for $1. Pull out your DIY skills to make the most out of what you have and find at thrift stores.
Buy natural products from the dollar store.
I have found tons of natural products at Dollar Tree from shampoo to lotion, witch hazel, glass containers and tons more. Everything costs only $1.
Make your own natural and herbal remedies.
Make your own natural and herbal remedies using herbs, essential oils (Try these inexpensive oils), and food items from your pantry.
Make your own bug sprays and insect repellents.
Using essential oils in vinegar and water solution works very well. Or, if you have a roll-on bottle, you can also use essential oil insect repellents on your skin. I have successfully used cedarwood oil in vinegar and water for scorpions and other bugs, as well as peppermint oil for fleas. I rarely have insects in my house anymore and I don’t have to call a bug man!
Make a monthly meal plan, and buy bulk food.
Food is a really important issue when the money is tight. I don’t plan every detail out for meals, but I look at what I have in the pantry and plan out what I need for a whole month. Then, I try my best to stay out of the grocery stores. You can clip coupons and download apps such as Ibotta to earn cash back from your receipts.
Plan your outings and errands to save gas and money.
You can plan your outings for one day and save gas. Schedule your appointments strategically and then plan your errands so that you make one trip instead of two. Carpool with other moms if your kids are in school, or teach them bus skills so that they can ride the bus.
Use rewards and survey programs.
Use Swagbucks and Inbox to earn points so that you can purchase gift cards for extra purchases. Ebates is another program that will give you cash back when you use their search engine to purchase online at websites you regularly shop. Some of the companies out there are not worth your time, and signing up under too many programs can cut back on your ability to actually earn gift cards, unless you just have tons of time to earn points, that is. But, you can pay for some things this way to save your family money.