I am compiling a list of 52 ways to be frugal or save money in 2017. The plan is to post one each week on Friday.Most, if not all, of these tips will be things that we actually do. However, if there is an idea that you want me to share let me know!
#5- Concentrated cleaning solutions
I purchase concentrated cleaning solutions that I mix with water at home. I buy one bottle of solution for about $6 and it makes 12 spray bottles of cleaner! I only need to purchase these concentrates once a year and there are only 4 that I buy: a general cleaner, disinfectant, tub & tile, and a stain remover. So I spend $24 per year on natural cleaners that make the equivalent of 48 spray bottles
Let’s say you use up a bottle of cleaner every 2 months at $2 per bottle x 4 cleaners. That equals $48 per year on cleaners. Not only are the cleaners I use non-caustic and safe they are also cheaper.
Running total of money saved:
Napkins – $18
Dryer Balls – $72
Cleaning Cloths – $84
Diva Cup – $23
Cleaning solutions – $24
Total amount saved = $221
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How did we do with our November goals?
We hit them all! Yay!
-My two events for my business allowed us to put and extra $200 on the mortgage.
-We funded our ROTH and kids college
-We insulated our attic and came in WAY under budget, which allowed us to be able to purchase the trim for our upstairs bathroom and our bedroom.
-Christmas shopping is completed and almost everything is wrapped.
-We got our air ducts cleaned…they were GROSS (which is hopefully why we have been having so many allergy problems) and we had the cash saved.
Looking ahead to December….
-I have one work event scheduled. This one is a little more involved than normal so I won’t see my profit from it until next year.
-Christmas! Which is already paid for!
-Our Christmas meals with family are always potluck style with me providing the main dish (Christmas Day) and/or sides (other family get togethers)
-We will again be funding our ROTH and 2 oldest kid’s college.
-We plan to put $150 extra on our mortgage.
-We need to sit down together and plan out our 2017 financial goals to ensure that we are on the same page.
I am a stay at home, home school mom to four kids ages 10-4. I have not worked outside of my home since I was very sick during my first pregnancy. I have the gift for administration and organizing which is why I am the one who takes the time to make our bi-monthly budget while my husband just looks it over and makes suggestions. I love to move the numbers around and put our money to the best use. I like to see how far I can make things stretch. I like to hunt for deals and ways to do things ourselves for less money. These are all my main jobs. In a few of my ‘Week in Review’ posts I have mentioned being able to work a day or two to bring in extra income. I thought I would take a minute and explain what I mean when I say that.
- I have been a consultant with a MLM company for 2 years. I enjoy it and have had the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and learn new things. Am I making a ton of money? No, but I’m also not working the business to the best of my ability. The basis of an MLM is to have recruits and build a team. I am not doing that. The business that I have built still brings in extra money almost every month. I enjoy it, so it is something that I am continuing with.
- My dad runs his own business and speaks nationwide. He doesn’t have the time to make the spreadsheets, graphs, and power points for these presentations. So, I guess that I am his virtual assistant when he has a speaking engagement approaching. He emails me all the files and I put together the presentation and email it back. It is something that he is not able to take the time to learn and it only takes me a couple of hours to complete. He pays me hourly.
- You will also see a trend through my posts of me selling unwanted items on Craigslist. I also sell used home school curriculum for a friend who is cleaning out her home.
None of these things are huge commitments. None of them take a ton of my time. They do add a little cash to our family coffers. Any income from these jobs is normally designated as an extra mortgage payment to help us reach our goal of paying off our house earlier.
What are some creative ways that you are able to earn extra money from home?