|A winter delight - violets.|
Here are some little tips and tricks we use here to help stretch the dollar:
- Put an extra container out when serving dinner - freeze this serve. At the end of the week you'll have seven individual dinners in the freezer, or alternatively, used them to take to lunch the next day.
- Sweep instead of vacuum and only vacuum weekly. This saves on electricity, vacuum bags and noise.
|Chook pellets - adding scraps will reduce this cost even more.|
- Feeding hens is still cheaper than buying organic eggs (I checked the math last night).
- Line the bottom of the oven with aluminium foil - saves a heck of a lot of cleaning product.
- Stretch your laundry detergent, hair conditioner and hair shampoo with water - mostly an undetectable difference if you get the ratios right.
|Frying up vegetables that are a little past their prime|
makes the best hot pot.
- Know that anything with a heating element in it is an electricity sucker i.e: Clothes dryers, fan heaters, electric blankets, electric ovens, most electric stove tops, electric kettle, urns, hot-wash on your washing machine, dishwashers, hair dryers to name a few. Obviously we use many of these at our place, but it is a case of how much and when.
- Know your electricity plan - we have different charge rates for 4 different time periods in the day and week.
|......even a little stockpile cupboard is worth aiming for.|
- Be mindful of your driving techniques - practice surge-and-roll to improve your mileage.
- Practice ONLY shopping specials - admittedly this takes some serious levels of organisation.
- Cut our sugar (seriously!). Your food bill will certainly drop, your weight will certainly drop, your health will improve and you'll feel much better after the first two weeks of hellish detox symptoms.
- Change your mobile phone plan. I recently defected to OVO and now only spend $9.95 per month for unlimited texts, $200 worth of calls and a 1GB of data - it truly is all I need.
|Fans.....our favourite appliance.|
- Use a fan before you reach for the air conditioner. Also experiment with which setting on your fan actually moves the most air...it isn't always 'high' strangely.
- Small frugal changes year on year are more effective than big scary changes.....lean into it.
Saving money is not an aim in itself. Saving money is so we can have it for things that are truly important and meaningful to us.
We can have anything we want if we stop expecting to have everything.
Take care ....and stay nice folks.