Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Frugality to Give

Tonight I was chatting with my Pastor's wife and we really got to talking about living Frugally. Well within and even below your means for the sake of having the saved resources to share with others-ie: your church, neighbors, etc... (you fill in the blank).
So! Here's where you come in! Share your tips on living Frugally! What have you learned over the years that has helped you to cut costs?
I'd really like tips on eating nutritiously while being very thrifty, staying out of the stores, where to shop for the best deals, frugality with young children (ei: diapers, formula, clothing, you know what kids need!), electricity saving tips, etc! Put your thinking caps on and share!
Here's my start:

I have begun buying Nathan's formula at Sam's Club. Getting the Member's Mark brand. It is so much cheaper than the Good Start brand I had been buying, and is extremely comparable when doing a label comparison of the two brands. It's saving me 40.00 a month, just by doing that.

For diapers, forgoe the Huggies brand and go White Cloud from Walmart. They work just as good. (or, go cloth!)

Make your own powdered laundry soap!

Hang clothes out to dry. I am not sure how much this saves, but it's a lot. I am planning on doing this all summer long and waiting to see the price drop in my electric bill. :)

Buy a big sack of pinto beans, rice, and a box of tortilla chips at Sam's Club and think of every possible way to eat these three combinations, adding in fresh veggies to compliment the meal and make a big variety of options. Also, lots of pasta-different shapes and sizes and sauce. You've got it made.

More ways to cut that you have discovered?? SHARE! :-D


  1. Great blog Sarah! I of course don't know have any suggestions on how to save on necessaties for your kiddos. But there is two things we do save electricity. I hang out the laundry instead of using a dryer. And we also have an propane instant water heater that heats the water only while you are using it. It saves a lot of electricity because its not constantly reheating the water and its really nice because you never run out of hot water!

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Here are some hints I found online on how to save on food without sacrificing nutrition.
    Becky Cameron

    Eating Well on a Tight Budget by Erica Nedley

    March 23, 2009

    With no end in sight to the global financial crisis, many families are finding that now is a good time to bring back the basics (e.g. nutritious and affordable foods that were staples during the depression, but have been all but forgotten during more affluent times).

    You don’t have to eat stone soup or junk food to save money. By turning to some Depression-era standbys, however, you may also be able to carve a significant chunk out of your grocery budget. In addition to a lower food bill, these tried-and-true foods also provide the benefit of improved health—and a reduction in girth.

    Cheap, empty-calorie foods are not the answer. The key is to look for the most healthy nutrients (as opposed to the most calories) for the dollar. Fortunately, there are many foods that are affordable, nutrient-rich, and not loaded with empty calories.

    Value-Added Foods

    So which foods provide the best “nutrient bang” for your buck? A short list would include beans, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, kale, collards, onions, bananas, apples, peanut butter, and almonds, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, and brown rice. Frozen foods to consider include corn, broccoli, and peas.

    Contrary to popular opinion, fruits and vegetables do not have to be fresh to be nutritious. While fresh food is certainly wonderful, canned and frozen foods generally cost loss and require less preparation. People tend to waste less when using canned and frozen foods. Also, because such foods are harvested at the peak of ripeness (as opposed to fresh fruits and vegetables which are often harvested early), they may even contain more nutrient value. This is not to recommend canned or frozen over fresh foods—only to say, don’t rule them out as less healthy because they’re not fresh.

    Though often maligned as salty or high in fat, potatoes are actually one of the “good guys” when it comes to high nutrient, inexpensive, and versatile foods. Potatoes can be prepared in many delicious ways with little or no added fat, and they are nutritious. For example, one potato alone can provide 35% of the daily allowance for Vitamin C, 20% of Vitamin B6, 6% of the daily protein allowance, and 10% of niacin, iron, and copper.
    Beans are another low-cost, nutritional powerhouse that is rich in nutrients, low in fat, and richer in protein than any other plant-based food. Cabbage, collards, and kale are other nutrient-dense foods that are low in sodium, calories, and price. In terms of fruit, it’s hard to beat apples and bananas for foods that are economical, versatile, and nutritious. Ranging from snacks to smoothies, there are many great ways to prepare these fruits as well.

    Other budget-minded tips include:

    • selecting less expensive store brands of canned and frozen produce
    • cooking in batches, then freezing some ahead
    • whipping up main-dish soups and stews for filling yet low-calorie meals (a crockpot or slow cooker can be a great help in this regard).

    In a study observing of families of overweight children at the State University of New York at Buffalo, researchers found that basing the family diet on low-calorie, high-nutrient foods provided a double benefit: improving the health of the entire family and reducing the amount spent on food. While no one wants to go hungry during lean economic times, there are ways to be satisfied, healthy, and budget-conscious—all at