1 – Don’t fold towels.
A while back we switched to using cloth hand towels instead of paper towels. They are super handy, less expensive, eco-friendly and work better than paper towels anyway. For a couple weeks I took the time of folding and stacking all the towels but it didn’t take long before I decided to get a better solution. So, after finding the perfect plastic, now I simply toss the clean towels in. It’s great! It makes life so much easier and gives me more time to do what I enjoy.
2 – Stop shaving.
3 – Filter your email.
4 – Make a home for everything.
5 – Buy food in bulk.
It’s not rocket science to figure out that shopping less often saves time. Buying bulk goods can also save you a ton of money. You may need to invest in an extra freezer though. We started with a 7.5 cubic foot top entry deep freeze and eventually added two more large capacity units. I love having a stocked pantry but I love saving money even more.
6 – Buy only low-maintenance clothes.
You want to stick with clothes that are easy to wash. That means they can be tossed in the washer and also the drier. A lot of clothes seem to be washer safe but not drier-safe. I skip anything that needs dry cleaning or ironing.
7 – Buy almost entirely used clothing.
On average I spend $2-3 per item of clothing. That doesn’t include my shoes. While I used to buy shoes second hand, once I had a pair of Crocs I’ve never really wanted to wear anything else. But shoes aside, who doesn’t love thrift shopping?! Look for discount days and coupons.
8 – Wear clothing more than once.
Usually I wear it several times. Rather than washing your clothes because they’ve been worn, try washing them only when they are dirty. If it’s just one small drip or stain, you can try spot cleaning. Definite timesaver! Plus, your clothes will last longer.
9 – Make your jewelry.
I realize not everyone will want to do this, but it’s been a fun, frugal hobby of mine for a while. Granted, I don’t wear that much jewelry that often anyway, but I’m a sucker for a wonderful pair of earrings.
Don’t make your bed everyday. In fact, I almost never make my bed. I just don’t see the purpose. Since our family co-sleeps, we all share one big bed. That mean my kids nap in that bed and if I had to make the bed every time it got messed up that would be multiple times a day, not only from sleeping in it, but also from the thrill it would give my toddler to repeatedly unmake it. Seriously, this is time wasted and leaving your bed unmade can actually be healthier.