This page is all about the short cuts and frugal tips that I’ve found to cut our costs and live small.
My tips so far include:
Use Freecycle to source things you need, you’ll be surprised at what is hidden away in other people’s homes, just waiting to be re used. It’s also an awesome way to keep stuff out of landfills. And it’s a great way to declutter your own home.
Declutter – the less stuff you own, the freer you are. For me, as a daughter of hoarders, this has been the hardest lesson for me to learn. But by reducing everything, my home feels bigger, and by using Freecycle and donating to Opportunity/Charity Shops, I’m making sure that my clutter is being used for good.
I make a lot of my food from scratch – thanks to a bread maker (I know I’m cheating), a slow cooker, and a vegetable patch are my main allies in this battle. I get such a kick out of putting the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning rush, and then by evening, sitting down to a lovely home cooked meal. (Usually containing some of my own home grown veggies).
I also make my own laundry detergent, and am going to be giving making lotion bars ago. I want to reduce the amount of chemicals my family encounters, and this is a small start.
I will add to this list as I think of the other small steps I’ve taken to take control of my life.