Cheap Family Living – 6 Great Ways to Save Every Day

Here I am with another installment of tips from the tightwad. You can use these ideas to trim your budget and be on your way to cheap family living. A cheap living lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to do without, it just means you need to cut unnecessary costs to make the most of the money you have. Here is today’s list:

1. Use plastic shopping bags for trash – I’ve been doing this for 10 years and haven’t bought any small garbage bags during that time. Of course, they are only useful for small waste cans such as those in the bathroom.

2. Only use a dab of toothpaste – You don’t need to fill the whole brush. The manufacturers display it that way because they want you to use it up faster and buy more. Using more than a dab doesn’t clean your teeth any better.

3. Use cleaning products as insecticide – Many people will laugh at this, but cleaning products are toxic. You would mainly use them for spot jobs, such as a trail of ants or a lone wasp. I use Windex or Pine Sol. The beauty of it is if you use it to kill a wasp on your window, you can clean the window at the same time. I like to call it, the clean and kill method to cheap family living. An additional benefit is that cleaning products usually smell better than insecticide spray.

4. Reduce cable TV costs- Do an audit of your channels and find out what you truly watch. Then check with the cable company to see if you can rework your package for a lower cost. Let’s be honest, do you really NEED 200 plus channels?

5. Don’t buy overpriced water – Bottled water is unnecessary, because most tap water in the US is just as good. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, try refrigerating it and it should taste better. If you still feel you MUST buy bottled water, then buy the large jugs at discount stores. Never buy those expensive, single bottles. Paying a dollar for Evian is NOT cheap family living.

6. Reduce monthly expenses – Oftentimes, it’s easy to get caught up in a busy lifestyle and not think about what you spend. You should sit down and write out your monthly expenditures. Then, look at each expense individually and decide whether it is too high or even necessary at all. Look for ways to reduce those monthly expenses. You may want to include the whole family in the discussion.

This is all for this installment of cheap living tips. In the future, I plan to publish another cheap family living article to discuss reducing monthly expenses in more detail. Until next time, live cheap and prosper.

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