A Year in Homemaking: More Ways to Save $100/Year {Week 35}

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Part one of my posts on how to save $100 per year can be found HERE!

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 more 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.

Eliminate Disposable Products
Ziploc plastic bags, aluminum foil, small trash bags, paper plates, paper towels, disposable cleaning products, to name a few. Crystal says, “If you purchase and use most of these on a monthly basis, I recommend just choosing one area to work on every month or two. Don’t try to eliminate all of the paper products all at once, just slowly reduce and eliminate them one by one. And remember, what works for one family won’t necessarily work for another family. So if you try to eliminate one area and it’ just too hard, skip it and move onto another area. You can always go back and try again later.”

Cut Your Own Hair
This idea is obviously not for everyone, but she highly recommends cutting out expensive salon trips if your budget needs some help. YouTube is an excellent place to find tutorials on how to cut hair or use trimmers. Another great idea is searching out the local cosmetology schools. You can get free or deeply discounted prices on cuts, styles, coloring, etc…  You can find coupons in weekly mailers. Or, perhaps you have a friend who cuts hair that is willing to barter another service from you for that.

Use Cloth Diapers
This idea is fairly straight forward. You can use the link to read how she recommends making the transition and how to do it for less money as possible. She also includes a recipe for making your own “baby wipes.”

Use Your Freezer
“When in doubt, don’t throw it out.” “Check your freezer when planning your menu.” “Take an hour each week  to prep food for your freezer.” Crystal goes into details about the previous ideas on her blog post.  Simple things you can prep ahead: bananas, shredded carrots, chicken, ground beef, baking mixes. Find all the juicy details on her blog post.

Rent Movies for Free
A lot of libraries offer free DVD or Blu Ray rentals (even Xbox or PS3 games). Our libraries here in Kenosha County do, and it is a great way to save money while enjoying a date night with a movie or a couch full of kids for a family movie night. Just make sure to return it on time, or it is no longer free (learned that the hard way, ha).  Another way to score a free movie(s), is using free Redbox codes. You can find the little red kiosks all over Kenosha in grocery stores, pharamacies, and even McDonald’s. Check out her post for ways to score free Redbox rental codes on a frequent basis.

Ask for Discounts
1) Ask for a discount if you buy in bulk. 2) Ask for a discount on almost-expired groceries. 3) Ask for a discount on memberships and monthly bills. (Our family calls our local cable provider (TWC) every spring to renegotiate our internet bill. We ALWAYS win. 🙂 Crystal goes into further detail in her post on these three ideas. I would also like to add my own tidbit of advice. When checking out at a store, it never hurts to ask if they have any coupons available or military, student, teacher, etc… discounts.  It never hurts to ask; and the cashiers have helped me more often than I thought they would.

So, tell us…in what ways are you saving your family money?  We love new ideas!

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