UGH! It has been one of those and looks like a few more to go. So while crunching numbers and thinking of ways to save on the budget we found a few ways we could save a penny here and a penny there.
My soldier boy usually makes the 16mile one way commute home during his 90min break in the morning between PT and when he has to report for work. A tank of gas doesn't go far when you have to go into town twice a day. So he is now going to shower and eat breakfast at the office.
We lucked into another garbage bag of apples this week! A blessing! My kids love apples, apple sauce, apple butter and I am thinking of apple pie! I can't say how we get them ;-) but every so often the soldier boy is handed a garbage bag of beautiful apples that have to be chucked! There is nothing wrong with them they just can't be used again by the distributors of the fruit. So we have a large tub of apple sauce for after noon snacks, apples for lunches, and maybe an apple pie for Sunday dinner!
Reusing! Going green to go cheap.
I read a few articles on recession-proofing, penny pinching and "old school" cleaning I came up with a few ways to reduce the stress on the budget. We go thru $10 of paper towels every two weeks! This pay period I spent $10 on kitchen towels, wash rags and these reusable scrubbers.
I also have spray bottles full of vinegar cleaning solution, bleach cleaning solution, homemade Lysol wipes, and baking soda scrub.
When explaining to our children the "trial" my almost 9yr old pipes in, "It still costs money! Time is money AND it costs money to wash them." I laughed. Yes time is money, but that is one thing I can sacrifice if it means saving $20/month on paper towels. I think she is on board, this afternoon I caught her grabbing a kitchen towel instead of the last roll of paper towel.
Being resourceful is very much like crafting to me! I love challenges I can over come and see the results of! LOL