Getting Frugal for a Healthier Home
Getting Frugal for a Healthier Home
I’ve been really taking a hard look at my budget for the new year. It’s a great time of year to reset and figure out what is working and what isn’t in the realm of finances. Since I manage the majority of the spending for our household, I know it’s up to me to make sure that I feed us all the healthy food we need and keep it on a budget that will allow us to do some fun things this year as well! I’m actually trying to save up for a trip to Disneyland this year and so I’m trying to save a little everywhere I can! So now that I started working on my plan, I had a few handy little ideas that I thought might be worth sharing!
I love making my own beauty products: coffee face scrub, sugar body scrub, eye makeup remover, lip balm and just about anything else you can think of! Many of these items are so easy to make yourself and so inexpensive! You can buy many bulk ingredients from amazon such as beeswax and Shea butter, these are the links to the ones I have used! I also use lots of coconut oil which can be found in any grocery store. I do try to use organic ingredients whenever possible. Remember, your body is going to absorb anything you put on your skin so you want your products to be of good quality and free from pesticides. Here are 2 of my simplest DIY beauty items to get you started!
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup coffee grounds
1 tablespoon epsom salts
10 drops essential oil such as tea tree (*optional)
equal parts: filtered water, witch hazel and jojoba oil
store in a jar and shake before using
I look forward to sharing more of these recipes!
I never thought I was being thrifty by doing this, but I realized after making a huge batch of chicken stock the other night that I actually had saved my family a few bucks in the process! I started making bone broths this year because of the GAPS diet and I’m so glad I did! I use homemade broth for everything now! So many meals are made so much better with rich homemade broth. And it’s one of the healthiest things you can consume if you start from healthy bones. So while I’m trying to save money, I do always buy organic free-range chickens and grass fed beef bones for my broth. But did you know that you can reuse your bones and make more broth? I used the bones of one chicken, 2 feet and some left over bones from a previously cooked chicken and made 7 quarts of broth! That would cost at least $30 to buy pre-made and it wouldn’t have near the healing capabilities of broth you make yourself. And I can still use the meat from the chicken for a few other meals. If you ever buy a rotisserie chicken for a quick dinner…boil those bones after you pick the meat off and you can have some wonderful chicken stock as a bonus!
This is pretty obvious, but worth mentioning! I use a lot of quart mason jars to store all my broth and things like almond flour, nuts and other pantry items. But buying all those mason jars gets pricey too. I realized one day that many things I buy and use up like my favorite peanut butter, already comes in a glass jar! I buy honey in a glass jar too. So now I just rinse those jars out and reuse them again and again to hold all sorts of things but especially my broths and even homemade crackers and snacks! I cut down my use of plastic and I’m recycling to boot! I love it!
Now this is the hardest one for me, by far! But I am making myself do it because it absolutely saves me money and time. I used to plan my meals weekly and it was laborious and sometimes I just didn’t get it finished. So I’m going to try something new this month. I have decided on a basic list of meals that I will make us this month and then I designated 3 days of the month for making broth. I’m going to lay out my entire monthly plan and hopefully that will make it easier. I think just taking a little more time once a month to lay out an entire month somewhat, is a little easier for me than trying to do it weekly. But do what works for you! However you do it, meal planning will save you money no doubt. And then if you can plan enough in advance you can buy some things in bulk as well. I even take my fresh veggies and go ahead and clean them and chop them up and place them in the freezer so that they won’t go bad and then the chopping is already done! It makes meals easier too! And if you have the time, you can prep an entire meal and place it in baggies or jars and freeze the whole thing. I know this really works well for some! I haven’t gotten good enough to try that yet, but it’s a goal of mine.
I did this recently with a friend and it has saved me a fortune! A friend of mine had a bunch of baby girl clothes but was having a boy and I was just the opposite so we just traded! Like everything! It was awesome. I am still using clothes and shoes from that trade and it without a doubt saved me a ton of money. There are many ways to put this into use. You can trade anything! We once had a really nice indoor fireplace that we no longer needed and I just posted it on craigslist to see if anyone wanted to trade it for a refrigerator and to my dismay I actually found someone that did! I now have a really nice extra fridge in my garage that I got by trading something I was no longer able to use. It’s just something to think about next time you need to get rid of things!
I have been amazed at how you can pretty much make your own of almost anything. You can make your own ranch dressing, mayo, chocolate syrup, even ketchup…just about anything you can think of really! Not only can it save money, it is better for the planet because you can reuse the same jars over and over, and you will most likely avoid yucky ingredients like MSG and added sugar both which are really unhealthy and contribute to weight gain. Here are some of my favorite condiment recipes!
Hope you found some of these ideas helpful!
Thanks for reading,