Sunday, March 8, 2009

Frugal Tip #19

Frugal Tip #19

Make your own stuff.

There are lots of things you can do yourself and therefore save money on. As well as save the environment in a lot of cases. An example of this is growing an organic garden! It takes a while to yield food, sure, and it takes some work, but you get fresh organic veggies out of it for your family at a fraction of the cost of buying them.

Another example is making your own cleaners. Not only is this a) cheaper but it also is b) better for the environment and c) healthier for your family. I've started to do this a lot, and it is seriously so much cheaper, and I don't have to worry about whether my baby is picking up any of the stuff that I'm using off the floor or tables, etc.

Here is a GREAT site that gives you recipes for many of the household cleaners that you use. Just scroll down a little ways and you'll see the list of cleaners and the non-toxic ways of making them at home:

Seriously, I think is a good thing... why spend money on the "eco friendly" (or even the not eco-friendly) stuff at the supermarket when you can make it at home for far cheaper? No brainer here, guys!

-Hot Frugal Momma

Frugal Tip #18

Frugal Tip #18

Freeze your leftovers!

This is something I just recently discovered... that you can freeze your leftover vegetables! I was always having to throw out vegetables I forgot to use before they went bad. Especially when you have to buy a bag of carrots, for example, for a recipe that uses 2 carrots. Then the rest of my bag would mold and I'd have wasted that money. Then I'd have to buy another bag of carrots for my next recipe.

But then... I discovered that you can freeze vegetables (and fruit and canned things) yourself. Most veggies freeze really well. Everything from bell peppers to parsley will freeze in a freezer bag and cook just fine afterwards. For the most part, all you have to do is cut off the useless parts of the veggies and put it in a bag in the freezer (you can cut it up too if you want). Voila! 2 weeks later, you take it out, cut it up frozen if you didn't cut it up before, and throw it in your recipe. Tastes just as good.

Frozen things can keep up to three months, which gives you time to use the leftovers. I also freeze my canned items that I only had to use half of... like tomato soup, etc. Then I defrost it later and use it. A great way to stretch your pennies.

- Hot Frugal Momma -