Sunday, March 3, 2019
Frugality: Things That I've Tried This Past Year and the Results (good and bad) 2019!
You would think I would know everything about being frugal (yeah right) but there are always new things to me that we need to try or even old ways that we need to try again.
Here are some of the frugal things I've tried this past year, the good and bad.
This past year has been all about seeing if we can get our electricity costs down to normal range. In the past, we received letters from the power company that basically said, "you are using more electricity than the rest of the residents around you." I would read and think really, what are they doing that we are not? So I started watching you-tube videos and tried some of the ways mentioned. Some of those ways must have worked because our electricity bill has been lower in the past couple of months. Then in the last week or so, we received a golden letter stating something like, "congratulations you achieved normal electric use." Yeah!
I think one of our best power saving ways was to turn off all the lights when we left a room or went to bed. When we went to bed we had always kept one on in the kitchen for those people, who for some reason. need to get up and look in the fridge. I dug out the pretty night light my sister gave me a few years back and we started using that right away. Listen, it lights up everything and I'm even able to use it a lot in the mornings before sunrise. Yep, I get up before sunrise!
Not everything was a good idea: Next I read somewhere that if you have a cordless house phone with multiple chargers to unplug them except for the main one. Listen, I did that for a couple of months and it was a mess. You think you will get up and switch the phones so the others can charge, but you won't believe me. When it rings you will be running your head off to find one that will work. Husband could only put up with this for so long (me too). I woke up one morning and thought, this is crazy.
We did unplug every thing everything right away after using them. Toasters, blenders, mixers, everything that we could we unplugged. For instance, the coffee machine gets plugged up in the morning when I have my coffee then unplugged till three hours later when he wakes up. Then it's unplugged in the evening after his third cup of coffee (he doesn't like to plug things up again).
We also put things on power strips that we don't use often.
Saving on everything besides electricity:
All of us girls around here go through a lot of ice tea. It doesn't matter if it's winter or summer, we will go around with a glass of tea in our hand. I started saving the used tea bags this past year in the freezer. I find that 10 used tea bags will make another pitcher of tea. Now, this is a secret, so please don't tell the girls. If you do, then they will tell you they knew something was wrong and that is why it tastes so funny.
Tupperware hamburger freezer containers. I used to have these when we were younger and for some reason had gotten out of the habit of using them. Then one day I saw them for sale at a garage sale and knew that is what I needed to use again. If the grand kids or one of us are hungry I just grab a hamburger patty and we are happy. Make sure to buy them used if you can, it was unbelievable how much I these are going for new at a Tupperware stand.
The Jury is still out: Our newest cost saving purchase (hopefully) is the Food Saver Vacuum sealer. We got our income tax back this past week and splurged and bought one new on Amazon. We also bought both the small and large mouth jar sealer attachments too.
What caused this sudden desire to want one? Well I've have a friend on Facebook who loves hers and then I watched a you tube video about stocking up by Wendy Dewitt (I'm not of her faith but she has some great knowledge of pantry building) . She did so many things with her type of jar sealer (no longer available) that I knew it would be a great investment for our family. I've went wild this past week using it. I think this is one thing I'll have to update again later to let you know if it works for me.