F Simple and Serene Living: self reliant money saving tips 09 10
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

self reliant money saving tips

So many people today feel the need to live above their means. In this age of the internet we are bombarded with people who seem to live in perfect homes, eat exactly the right foods, have exactly the right skill set to achieve success. 

Where do these people come from and what is this need to keep up with these so called perfect people doing to our well being? How is this need keeping us from living a simple and serene life? I know that I cannot feel serene if I am constantly worried about money or how I am going to keep up with the Joneses. And yet, we want a comfortable living space and a healthy self reliant life. 

I found this wonderful article on Mother Earth News. You can read all 65 tips here, but here are just a few that I like.

1) Saving money on construction and home decor.

Using salvaged materials will dramatically cut down on building or decorating costs. You can often find these at construction sites (ask), on Craigslist, or at places like Habitat For Humanity ReStores, and if you don't have the expensive tools you need, how about bartering with a friend who does have them. Maybe you could bake something for them in exchange.

source
2) Wow, clothing and its care is expensive. 

I have a pair of pants that people are always asking me where they came from? I just smile and say thank you. I bought those pants at Goodwill 12 years ago and I am still wearing them. The cost? $2.50. So I say scour thrift stores. It's amazing the clothes you can find with the original tags still attached. Also, did you know that your clothes dryer accounts for 6% of your electric bill? That is a lot. Hanging your clothes to dry is a great alternative. I can't hang clothes outside to dry where I live, but I do hang most of my clothes indoors. (added bonus: they add moisture to your home in the winter)

source
3)Our society sure spends a lot on food.

Do you know where that food you are eating comes from? Do you eat at restaurants or fast food places a lot? We have definitely become a society of convenience. When I was growing up and when I was raising my children we ate at home. Eating out was a treat. With all of the worries over GMOs, pesticides, and hormones in our food supply it is important to know where our food comes from. Growing as much as we can ourselves and shopping with local farmers is not only better for our health, but better for our pocketbooks as well.


4) A healthy person is a happy person in my book. 

Health care spending has gone through the roof and there are many preventative things we can do for ourselves to help prevent disease. First of all see #3. Eat better. Eat locally. Eat nourishing toxic free foods. Grow your own herbal remedies. Meditate. I do it every day and it is absolutely free.  Oh and guess what, good mental health has been shown to reduce physical ailments. So, a simple serene life is a healthier life. 

source
5) Are you willing to use your car less? 

Gas prices are ridiculously high. I know that I can't afford to do the amount of driving that I used to do. So what do we do. For one, I consolidate my trips. I make a list of errands I need to do and I make a route. I try to use services such as the library, bank, grocery, drugstore, etc as close to my home as possible. I need to walk more, so I am thinking about getting a market cart and walking to some of these places. Also, I used to love riding a bike. Maybe this would also be an option for me. 

source
I know that you, my readers, are very savvy and probably already know all of these things, but I often have to remind myself by writing them down. 

What are some of your self reliant money saving tips? Please share.


post signature

17 comments:

  1. I have to drive more here because things are farther away than over at the little blue house, but I will not go out unless I have 3-4 errands to run. Which means I go out about once per week. I'm not the type to need to run around to entertain myself. And that's what I think a lot of people are doing. Just bored and so they get in the car and go someplace. I've put about a thousand miles on my car since I got here. My car is a 2006 and has under 38,000 miles. I plan to drive it till it quits.
    Brenda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My car is 15 years old and has 77,000 miles on it. I don't do a lot of driving either. it's great that you have created a wonderful environment that makes you happy to be at home. I don't get bored either, but will be happy when I have my own apartment :)



      Delete
  2. I too try to plan trips and don't go out just 'because'. I also try to make sure I eat all the food I buy. So much waste because I live alone, so I try to plan really well on the food.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is hard sometimes to buy and prepare meals for one person. I try very hard to not waste anything. Tonight I will fix just enough pasta for one.

      Delete
  3. PS to earlier comment (hope it went through - my computer is "acting up" again): Just followed the link. Great article. Thanks again!

    PPS I'm giving away a good knife on my blog today. Hope you'll enter for yourself or for a gift!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry your comment didn't go through, but I will be sure to visit your giveaway. :)

      Delete
  4. Laura, great tips, we have never tried to live beyond our means...it's just not who we are. I love Mother Earth News they are always full of fabulous articles. I can read all of my favorite magazines for free at my local library.

    And I love to garden and hang out in thrift store skirts, the cute full, or wide a line styles...lol..my favorite one cost me a dollar...and it's a designer one to boot.

    Jen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have gotten some great skirts at Goodwill. Wish I could see yours. I don't purchase books or magazines, either. That's what the library is for. :)

      Delete
  5. I don't even want to think about where our food comes from. I saw a documentary on chicken and it makes me sick to think about. I hung out my clothes when my babies were little. We didn't have a dryer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I try to eat only organic chicken now. I was really sickened by that documentary.

      Delete
  6. I have always wanted a line to hang laundry on. I just bought a timer for the hot water heater so hopefully will see some savings .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. the timer was a great idea, Laura. I wish I could hang my clothes outside. They smell so much cleaner.

      Delete
  7. I gre up without a dryer. Matter of fact, I didn't even know dryers exist (inItaly we hang our laudry to dry) until I came to US. Dryers also makes the fabric fall apart over time, so clothes don't last as long. I love the other ones you mentioned as well. I am going to check out all 65. thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dryers really hard on your clothes, not to mention the amount of electricity they use. It is so much more natural to hang clothes out in the sun.

      Delete
  8. I really love all of your tips, many are new to me. My hubby and I come from large families with parents who scrimped and saved. We've worked hard to save and have been able to give our kids the best educations, make solid investment choices and plan for the future. I so agree that we have to be frugal...we also have to keep the future in sight...save for that rainy day!! :) Thanks for your advice, my friend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Congratulations on planning for your future. That seems to be getting more difficult, which is why it is so important to know as many money saving tips as we can find :)

      Delete
  9. Oh I can't wait till you have your own apartment too! We live in a pent house apartment with great view in the 14th. floor and wouldn't change it for a huge home and huge gardens we used to have! ... and guess what, we have a cute laundry room where I hang some cloths on the line and they smell good too; so really, no need to be directly on the sun, but yes, I remember how great they smelled in our sunny yard back then.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

    ReplyDelete

All verbal donations to my comment box are gratefully accepted. It is free for you and priceless to me.