Frugal Household Tips

Things to Buy

There are tons of ways to save money around the house. We don’t usually think about it especially if we are always on the go. Our house is our biggest asset and our biggest draw on our income. We can save hundreds of dollars with only a few of the tips and suggestions in this report. It is amazing what we can do once we get started. And, finding new ways to save is contagious.

One way to save money is not to skimp on the important things. After all, you get what you pay for.

There is a difference between cheap and low price. Many times the two terms are used interchangeably but they actually are not when you talk about frugal living.

Cheap refers to something that is of lower quality. Buying inferior products only means that you will have to replace it sooner and spend more money.

Lower price refers to an item of similar quality that costs less. This is seen with name brand and generic items.

The store brand items probably came from the same manufacturer as the name brand and are of comparable quality for most items.

There are some where the name brand is better, but you can compare that when you are shopping.

Here are some items that will save you money in the long run if you shoulder the expense today.

1. Items you use frequently. When toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, and the like go on sale, stock up on them. You will always need these items so it’s okay to buy as many as you can afford. Store them in a cool dry place until you need them. It’s nice not to have to make a trip to the store each week for toilet paper or worse, to find out you need more when you are down to your last roll in the middle of the night. Yikes!

2. Water filters are a frugal buy. We spend so much money buying bottled water that we don’t consider the alternative which is to get a water filter. They may cost you thirty or forty dollars in the beginning but you will save by not buying bottled water. Brita and other water purifying companies offer filtered pitchers and water bottles so you can have filtered water anytime and anywhere.

3. Rechargeable batteries save money. If you have a lot of electronic devices, you also have remote controls. Each remote needs at least two batteries. Kid’s toys also need batteries. You could spend a small fortune buying batteries that have long life to get the most from your devices. Rechargeable batteries and chargers for all the battery types that you need could cost close to $100 in the beginning but you’ll save in the long run. Rechargeable batteries can even be used in digital cameras.

4. Compact fluorescent lights are all the rage. You’ve seen those coil-like light bulbs haven’t you? They seem to be all over the place. According to the manufacturers, they use less energy and last far longer than a regular tungsten filament light bulb. To me, the light is actually brighter. They come in smaller sizes for ceiling fan lights or larger for light fixtures that can handle them.

Cleaning Solutions

Cleaning is a chore that no one wants to undertake. Worst of all, there are so many cleaners to choose from, how do you know if you are getting the best one for your needs? It is a tossup. There is one for kitchen, one for bathroom, and one for outdoor patio furniture. Some claim to be able to clean anything.

But besides the cleaning aspect, we are also looking for disinfectants. When something is clean we want to know that it is germ-killing clean as well. This is important all over the house. Germs spread and make us sick so if there are as few as possible around, we all feel better.

The following cleaning ideas involve suggestions for cleaning that involve using items we have around the house. Sometimes you may need to buy an all-purpose cleaner, but see what you have around the house first that will do the trick.

1. Baking soda. Baking soda freshens your refrigerator by absorbing the odors. It will also help your bread to rise. But, did you know that baking soda can remove carpet stains? Use it on fresh stains overnight and then vacuum it up. Use an unscented laundry detergent and baking soda to give clothes a fresh scent.

2. Dryer sheets. They freshened clothes and also repel ants. Place a piece of one in a corner of a room, window sill, or on the counter to keep ants away. They also can be used to clean soap scum out of sinks and tubs.

3. Vinegar. It’s good for other things besides cabbage and seafood. Vinegar and water can remove the smell from stains on your carpet and furniture and deposits from shower-heads. Combine it with an Alka-Seltzer tablet to unclog a drain. If you don’t have one of those effervescent tablets available, use baking soda and white vinegar. After fifteen minutes, flush with hot water.

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