63 Simple Ways Our Family Saved in June

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At Home

  • Called about our new water bill system because I received two bills within 24 hours.  They had accidentally double billed us.  This saved us $90.00 +
  • Used last year’s freezer tomatoes to create freezer chili, tomato soup and pasta sauce
  • Made homemade dishwasher tabs using this great recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee
  • Made homemade laundry soap for the first time
  • Made homemade laundry stain remover by adding some Oxiclean and Water to my Shout spray bottle.
  • Cleaned our dishwasher drain because our dishes were not coming clean and just wasting power & water
  • Bought leftover bottles of essential oils from friends, so I could “try” them before ordering
  • Previewed an essential oil class, for a friend, at a HUGE discount.  She received feedback, and I learned a ton.
  • Took a chance, and signed up for some FREE online classes on how to grow our blog on Pinterest
  • Listened to a FREE Podcast about growing our blog
  • Researched ways to cook from scratch in preparation for the coming Farmer’s Markets
  • Used cloth napkins
  • Used leftover water to water indoor plants
  • Turned lights off when leaving a room
  • Used natural light to work during the day (this helps fight depression as well)
  • Created weekly menus based on the food we had on hand, as well as sale items
  • Created a weekly shopping list with a BUDGET and stuck to it
  • Created a supply list and eliminated extras until it fit our budget
  • Used produce from our garden

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  • Consumed leftovers
  • Planned/adjusted our menu around leftovers
  • Washed clothes on cold (except those that need sterilized) 
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  • Treated stains immediately
  • Made homemade house cleaner using vinegar and lemon peels
  • Added lemon juice to our apples to make them last
  • Made homemade fruit dip from items we had on hand
  • Stocked up on meat while it was “marked down”
  • Wore aprons to protect our clothes while cleaning, prepping, eating and cooking
  • Separated large meat before freezing to save time and money
  • Cooked chicken, hamburger, etc… in bulk to save time, money, dishes and stress
  • Bought peppers in bulk, then sliced and froze for the freezer
  • Composted
  • Fed the local bunnies unused lettuce
  • Fed our birds damaged fruit (this saves on birdseed)
  • Turned unused bread into breadcrumb coating

Croutons and Crumbs Ready to Go

  • Pre planned meals to make double, or even triple, use of the warm oven
  • Said “Do we really need that?”  Yep, this is a big money saver.  I like to tell my kids to put it on the list, and if they still want it come payday, then we work it into the budget.
  • Reviewed our bank account and budget weekly, to encourage myself to stick to it

Shopping

  • Made my children create handwritten wants and needs lists for clothing, when we went through our summer wardrobes.  Then keeping those lists updated as the summer progressed.
  • Searched online for comparable prices for those personal items we don’t buy used, so that we knew if we were getting a good buy.
  • Shopped our local Kmart for ALL of our household supplies and new clothing items.  The store is closing and was 20%-70% off.
  • Shopped Kmart on a Friends & Family Day and saved an additional 10%
  • Uploaded Shop Your Way digital coupons to my Kmart card before we left to shop- This saved us an extra $20 and earned us an additional $45 in Shop Your Way points for further purchases
  • Used our Shop Your Way Reward points to purchase additional items a few weeks later (including my son’s shoes)
  • Shopped the local resale shop, Blessingdales, for our clothing checklist, BEFORE Kmart.  (I was able to find some “like new” tops and PJs for $1.50 or less.)
  • Used the Amazon card we earned through Swagbucks to order a Kindle Fire Cover and special lightbulbs for our living room
  • Used Gift cards to treat our family to a rare nice meal out at Red Lobster
  • Shopped the local Farmers Market for produce
  • Clipped Coupons
  • Used the Target Cartwheel
  • Uploaded and Used Kroger’s Free Friday Downloads
  • Used Kroger’s Fuel Points for discounts on gas
  • Used County Market Penny Pinchers

County Market June Penny Pinchers

  • Shopped Aldis
  • Skipped craft stores, resale shops and rummage sales (despite my family’s requests)

On the Road

  • Took a cooler while shopping, to avoid food spoiling
  • Took a cooler to Red Lobster because I knew we would have leftovers
  • Packed a cooler for our hospital and ER runs
  • Packed a drink cooler when traveling to family and shopping
  • Packed a bag for ER and hospital stays (It can get expensive when you are stranded three hours from home.)
  • Planned kid’s out of town doctors appointments for same day, to save on gas, stress and meals
  • Planned all out of town trips to include a stop at our local Aldis to buy milk, eggs and other groceries, at a HUGE discount
  • Preplanned in town and out of town errands, to save on gas

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6 Comments

  • By Michelle, July 10, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

    This is a great collection of money savers! We are tightening up around here too so this was helpful for me to get motivated! Thanks!
    Michelle!

  • By Kali, July 16, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

    I am always inspired when reading your posts to look for more ways to save in my own life.

  • By Anne @ Domesblissity, July 20, 2016 @ 4:16 am

    Hi Tina. Lovely to meet you. Thank you so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays last week. I love, love, love this post. You’re a woman after my own heart. I love how you broke down the ways you saved into a post. Just fantastic. Just want to let you know I’m featuring your post at tomorrow’s party. Would love to hear more of what you do to live a thrifty life.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  • By Tina Miller, July 20, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

    Thanks. Anne. We try to share how we save and earn in a post each month. We used to do it weekly but now we try to share monthly to encourage others. Thanks for the feature.

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