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What are some of your frugal tips?

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sally rogers:
I'm new here beginning today, but not new to frugality. That's a blessing, since my husband died unexpectedly not quite four months ago.

I not only lost my best friend and beloved companion of almost 40 years, but the primary wage earner as well. Our 15-year-old grandson lives with us, and is disabled. So, medical bills are our major problem right now (both those associated with my husband's illness and death, and those of my grandson's).

However, we'd spent the previous five years learning to live frugally, although it was easier with two of us. My situation has changed, so I'm having to come up with new ideas appropriate for a "single grandma." For instance, now I don't always have the time to do things from scratch as I did before.

I'm looking forward to sharing tips and support with the rest of you. I'm sure I'll learn a lot more.

CSinbad:
You should get a timer on your water heater.  Have it turn on 1/2 hour before you need hot water.  Put a water heater blanket on it.  I use a regular sheet on my heater and added a few towels to retain the heat.  This could cause a fire if you don't cover it right so be careful or buy the real thing.  I live in an apartment so I started turning off the circuit breaker.  I wouldn't recommend that if you own the home as you will have to replace the circuit box sooner because you switch it on and off.  I only turn it on a few hours a day.  I saved money on  my electric bill this summer and hope to do the same this winter.  

shyli:
I'm new to saving and still learning how to be frugal.  What I have been doing is selling my piles of junks on ebay.   :)
I buy only what I NEED (I used to be confuse with Need & Want) ??? but got that straighten out now.  Cook more at home, eating out less.  I also shop at ALDI, you can get so much with little money there  :D  I also shop on ebay, its cheaper there.

Anyone with more tips/advice, please post them.   I need to learn all I can  :-/

lisalynn:
Hello,
I use a standard spray bottle from the dollar store.. I add about 3/4 cup of vinegar.. 1/4 cup of bleach.. and fill the rest with water.. I use it from eveything to the counters.. stove top.. and even the floors.

Also a great window cleaner is about 1 T of cornstartch added to a gallon of water.. with a ragwipe down the windows.. and then dry with anothe soft cloth or newspaper.. Leaves a great shine and NO streaks !

I'm enjoying this post :-)
Lisa

CSinbad:
My sister makes cleaning towels from old T-shirts, sheets and towels to use instead of paper towels.  My sister hems them so they don't fray and can be washed and reused.  I use a timer on my water heater which has been saving me a lot more than I thought it would.  I put curtains on the outside of my bay window.  I did this to prevent the sun from hitting the glass and heating it then letting the heat enter my home during the summer here in Las Vegas, Nevada.  In the winter I block air holes ad put heavy duty inslated curtains on the inside.  I open the curtains when the sun hits the glass (during the morning at my home) and close them when it moves away.  I hang my clothes on racks inside the house to dry them.  One load fits my large rack and a smaller one.  I do one load a day and then iron his shirts and pants while they are damp so I don't have to use the steam setting as often.  I usually use a dobbie pad (scrubber) and water to clean.

 I santize surfaces first with either perioxide or vinegar.  I let each sit 1-2 minutes before removing them then rinising with water.  I never mix them because of the reaction they could cause together.  What are your formulas for clothes soap and your cleaning products?        

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