Just Being Cheap or Budgeting? You Be the Judge

Call it whatever you want, I'll call it being smart! I proudly call myself a "Budget Queen". I'm that girl that will do most of her grocery shopping at Aldi's and the rest at the Dollar Store. I don't buy Windex, I use rubbing alcohol mixed with water in a spray bottle. I don't buy dishwasher detergent or laundry soap; I simple make my own for pennies per load.

It's not a matter of how much money is in the bank, it's the point of keeping whatever is in there, there! No matter what my bank account says (and at times, I'm surprised I don't get fined for having less than $X amount in it lol), I always live like I'm on a budget.

I'm on a strict $XXX/per month budget, despite how much moola I have in the bank. Here are just a few things that I do to cut costs:

*I shop at Goodwill for most things, except furniture. (I always buy furniture brand new!)
*I buy meats, divide them up, and then put them in the freezer.
*I have a free hobby, called Geocaching. (it's basically treasure hunting w/ a GPS unit)
*We don't have cable, but get free cable. (I'll post on how we do that in a minute).
*We go to $1 nights at the Budget Cinema & bring our own goodies.
*I make my own laundry soap & dishwashing detergent.

TIP: If you live near a lot of Goodwills, go to the one in the best community; one that is more of a fancy-schmancy kind of town where rich folks donate stuff like Polo, Hollister, etc. You can get nice, new-looking for clothes for about $4/shirt & $6/jeans.

The more money you save, the more awesome things you can do with your saved money later on..like a nice vacation! The goal is to save money, but don't forget to treat yourself once in awhile with your saved cash!

If you love to read books, then I'm about to blow your mind (unless you're already aware of this wonderful website). There's a website called PaperbackSwap.com where you can send/receive books for free. I've been a member for about 7-8 yrs now and I swear by them. I list the books that I already have and don't want, someone requests a book, I send it out, then I get 1 book credit to shop around for a new book. Love it!

"Free" Cable Trick:
This only works if you have cable internet. Using a cable splitter ($1 on ebay), hook up a cable lines between your TV-Modem-Cable Splitter. You get all the channels that are free over the air (same channels as you get with rabbit ear antenna's) but a strong solid signal. I get 19 channels, including TBS, CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC, which is perfect for me since I don't really watch TV that much.

The HDMI Cord Trick:
This only works if you have a laptop. Make sure your laptop & TV both have an HDMI input. Buy a HDMI cable ($20 @ Target), hook up between your laptop & TV and that's it! You can now watch free shows from your favorites websites (ex: Hulu, A & E, Discovery.com, etc) on your tv! Add a wireless mouse as a "remote" and you're all set. ;)

Homemade Laundry Soap:
2 Cups of Borax
2 Cups of Super Washing Soda
2 Bars of Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (shredded up in a bowl)
1 box of Baking Soda

Shred up the bars of soap using a cheese grater/shredder.
Mix everything together, put in a container, use 3 TSP per load.

Optional: Dryer sheets @ the dollar store

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent:
1 cup of Baking Soda
1 cup of Borax

2 TBLS/per load

Alright, I rambled off enough for one day. ;) I hope some of y'all enjoyed the tips!!


HappyStamper said...

Can you tell me, what is "super washing soda?"

HappyStamper said...

Can you tell me what is "Super Washing Soda" and where can you buy it? Thanks!

Angela Foster said...

When I use to live on my own with my boyfriend that's exactly what we did. We went to Aldi atleast once a month for the essentials that lasted longer. And would go to Dollar Tree/General and get other stuff that would be gone within the week. We'd go to Rite Aid (pharmacy that turned into a grocery store.. kind of) and get our meats and anything else we couldn't find at those stores we'd just end up at Walmart or BILO (which wasn't much). We also got all our washing soaps and dish liquids from Dollar Tree and our sponges for washing dishes too. It was a good thing I grew up living on a budget or we'd been screwed lol

love this blog Jaime! was following BB15 blog so I desided to come on over here :)

Jamie said...

i believe its from Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, its by Borax :)

Angela: so glad you like the blog!!

Jamie said...

*by the Borax

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