A Year in Homemaking: Different Ways to Save $100/Year {Week 32}

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I would like to introduce you to a blogger that I have followed for a few years now… Crystal Paine at www.MoneySavingMom.com

That website has a plethora of money savings ideas. Her posts range from the latest & hottest deals, to home & school organization, to meal planning, to much more. I am 100% positive there is something for EVERYONE on her site. 

Today, I would like to share a few of her ideas for saving $100/year. She came up with 52 ways. If you have other ideas for how to save your family money, we would love to hear them in the comments below.

Bake Your Own Bread
MoneySavingMom (referred to MSM going forward) states that if you typically purchase two loaves of bread per week, you could potentially save $156 to $260 per year. And we all know that homemade bread just tastes so much better anyways 🙂  MSM shares eight simple and easy bread recipes on her post.

Make Your Own Coffee at Home
MSM says, “you’ll save a whole lot of money if you can learn to make the stops at the coffeeshop an occasional treat rather than an almost-daily habit.” She says that the savings can range, depending on the type of coffee you purchase, from $240 to …..wait for it….$840 PER YEAR! That’s crazy. Check out her post for 4 tips to making great coffee at home.

Ditch Your Cable Package
On average, cable costs $550 per year, or $2750 over five years. I bet all of you could think of some wonderful ways to spend (or save) that kind of money if you cut your cable. Our family cut out cable about five years ago, and we have absolutely no regrets. The post lists three alternatives for cable: High-Definition Antenna, Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/Redbox, or Borrow from the local library or your friends.

Order Prescription Glasses Online
This one is really exciting to me because I am actually in need of a new pair of prescription glasses as mine are five years old (about three prescriptions ago).  MSM says, “as with any purchase, there are pros and cons to ordering online versus ordering in-store. The price is fantastic, but one of the downsides of ordering glasses online is that you can’t try them on ahead of time. If you wear glasses full-time or struggle to find glasses that fit your facial shape, ordering them online might be more difficult. However, if you only wear your glasses part of the time or aren’t incredibly particular about how they look, definitely save yourself some money by ordering glasses online. In addition, I’d highly recommend ordering glasses online if you have children who are prone to go through pairs rather rapidly.” The two websites she recommended are: Zenni Optical and Coastal.

Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners
MSM makes a lot of great points in her blog post, so I recommend reading it. She swears by baking soda and vinegar, and explains how to use that to clean your home. The post also contains eight different homemade cleaner recipes. Let me know if you try any of them out!

Make Your Own Homemade Mixes
MSM says, “if you’re routinely paying for cookie mix, biscuit mix, pancake mix, taco seasoning packets, and more, you’ll save quite a bit. And every little bit adds up.” She continues on to provide you with tons of recipes to be able to create your own mixes: from instant oatmeal packets to taco seasoning to brownie mix, and more. Check it out.

Become a One-Car Family
In her blog post, MSM talks about her own personal experiences with going down to a one-car family, how much a family could save with this option, things to consider, and different transportation options. This is not an option for every family, but it may be for you. Worth reading about at least. Are you a one-car family? Do you have any tips to share with us? Comment below.

Surround Yourself with Frugal Friends
MSM says, “when you hang out with frugal friends, you are inspired with new money-saving ideas, you are motivated to not give up, and you can laugh at all the crazy things you do in order to stay on budget. It’s much more fun when you don’t go it alone.”  Other ideas she gives via your friends: have swap parties for clothes, toys, etc…, or barter your skills for someone else’s skills, or have a friend teach you a new skill. The inspiration is endless.

If your family tries any of these suggestions, let us know how they worked for you. We’d love to hear first-hand experience. 


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