Lately, I’ve been pushing myself to be even more creative in providing for the needs of my home in order to save our hard earned money. And having a handy hubby has been a big bonus! There have been quite a few things that we have had a need for, but no money to go out and spend. So, we’ve had to improvise. Here are a few things we’ve done lately to save some cash!
One of the things I’ve needed recently was a waterproof pillow protector. With a little one potty training, we were having quite a few overnight accidents. Thankfully, I think we are past that now, but for a while I had a real problem with Ty’s pillow getting wet all too often. I could have went out and bought a cover for it for around $18. Instead, I simply put the pillow into a kitchen trash bag, tied the end really well, and put it back into the pillow case. Sure, it crinkled a little, but Titus didn’t seem to mind one bit. And it worked! (Note: if you have a mischievous little one, a plastic bag may not be a good idea. Use your own judgment!)
We’ve also had an issue with the laundry room becoming almost impassable as shoes and coats cluttered the floor. This is our main entry way, so it really needed to be cleaned up! The only problem was that I had nowhere to put anything!! I really wanted a big shoe rack to hold all of our boots and sneakers, but the cheapest I could find was about $20. I also needed coat hooks, but again the least expensive I could find was around $18. So… we got creative.
Since we have a ton of scrap wood around here, Jerry set to work making the two items we desperately needed. Now, is he a master woodworker? Hardly. But it doesn’t take a lot to make these basic pieces. Can you tell they are handmade? Yep. Do I care that they aren’t perfect? Nope. You know why? Cause they cost practically nothing to make, and they do their job perfectly!! We ended up paying less than $6, which covered the cost of the coat hooks from the hardware store.
I also wanted some popsicle molds to make frozen treats for the kids, but for 12 bucks… forget it!! I’m just gonna use an empty yogurt container and a stick from my bottle drying rack until I find a nice mold at a yard sale!
All in all, these simple fixes saved us over $60! Quite a significant little chunk of change, if you ask me!
I share these things with you to encourage you to try to think creatively before just going out and buying whatever it is that you need. Is there something that you already own that could serve the purpose? Do you have materials you can use to make whatever it is that you need? Ask around and see if anybody might have one you can borrow. Whatever it is, I urge you to think hard and get creative before blowing your paycheck. You may just surprise yourself!!
Have you gotten creative lately? I’d love to hear your money saving projects!!