With the beginning of the year and now tax time just around the corner we are still focusing on saving money. Here are some ideas that you might be able to put to use in your home.
Use what you have- this is applicable for the kitchen and beyond. When the ref or panty gets of little low it is just natural to head to the grocery store. But several times a year I put it off a week or so and try to use up things we already have. Since our family is a little smaller most of the time (2 kids away at college) it is a little easier. I have to be more creative and sometimes meals look a little funny- like all white food, but it does save money. Use the same principal in the laundy room by using all those free samples and small amounts left in the bottom of detergent bottles. And in the bathroom, use up the last bits of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
Clean out closets and donate. I have been working on this and it is great to be able to have an organized closet and help others. My son had grown out of all his pants and most other clothes too. We are able to pass on to a family at church with twin boys just 1 size smaller. They had just gone through a similar growth spurt and were in need of clothes. This also applies to linen closets and craft items.
Start making your fair crafts. Each summer there are numerous fairs in our area that we take our sheep to, but we also enter crafts too. Now is the time to start making crafts to enter in fair craft competitions. Check fair catalogs from previous years for catagories and entry requirements. It is a great way to enjoy the hobby and make a little money to support the habit. I will be posting about projects I have planned and completed throughout the year. Try to use supplies from your craft stash to make these items, to keep this project thrifty.